How to Synch Your JAM or MicroSoft Bluetooth Stack via Bluetooth


There has been a lot of interest in how to synch your JAM or Microsoft Bluetooth Stack enabled Pocket PC with your Bluetooth enabled computer. Here is a tutorial how to do this in three easy steps. What you need:

  • A computer which is Bluetooth enabled, via either a USB Bluetooth transmitter, hub, or on-board radio. I have a TDK USB transmitter for my laptop and a LogitechDiNovoBluetoothMediaCenter for my Desktop. Both use a Widcomm stack for the bluetooth radio and work extremely well. I try to avoid the MicroSoft stack that comes bundled with the new Service Pack 2 that MicroSoft is currently embedding in its OS.
  • A copy of ActiveSync from MicroSoft. The current version is 3.8 and can be downloaded here:
  • A copy of Pocket Bluetooth Tools, installed on your JAM or MicroSoft Bluetooth Stack Pocket PC. Download the version of your choice here. I prefer the 1.0 version for the headset performance.
  • A Pocket PC with the MicroSoft Bluetooth Stack such as the new JAM or iMate Pocket PC, etc.

First you will need to install "Pocket Bluetooth Tools" to your JAM. Download and install it in the JAM's "Storage" memory. Not only does Pocket Bluetooth Tools make your MicroSoft Bluetooth Stack device much easier to pair and use with Bluetooth headets as well as Activesync, but it also adds features and interfaces which make using the Bluetooth radio on your device much more fun.


Download the version you prefer and install it on your JAM.

Begin by tapping on Settings/System/Bluetooth Settings



Once you tap Bluetooth Settings you will see the following screen for Activesync setup. Tap Start.

The following prompt will appear after you tap "Start" above. Tap "ok" on the prompt.

You will now see the Bluetooth Settings Menu. Be sure both boxes are checked before moving from the "Mode" tab to the "Devices" tab.



In the "Devices" screen tap on "New" to search for your Bluetooth enabled computer.Be sure that the computer's Bluetooth radio is enabled and set to be discovered by other Bluetooth devices.


If you have your computer's Bluetooth configured properly, your JAM has discovered it and it will appear in the "Add a Device" screen. Here you see my FX-51 system and my laptop both are ready to be paired.


Tap on the device you want to pair and then tap "Next".

You will be prompted to enter a "Passkey" on your JAM. Pick any number you want, but I always use the same passkey on Bluetooth connection so I never forget as I move from device to device. Also, a shorter number is easier to enter and re-enter on your laptop - 3 digits is my choice.

After you enter your number, tap "Next".



Now, look at your computer's Monitor or screen. A Widcomm stack will display the following message, which you must click on to continue.



After you click on the balloon the following screen will appear. You must enter the same passkey that you input into your JAM above in order to pair the devices together. Remember that the JAM's Bluetooth application is churning away and if you take too long the passkey will not be accepted. If you wait too long, just start over at the point of "Add a New Device".



If you successfully enter the passkey before the JAM's Bluetooth application stops, you will be presented with the following screen.This is the "Pocket Bluetooth Tools" setting screen and does not appear on the JAM without that application being installed.



Now, tap the box by "ActiveSync".



You will be presented with the "Display Name" screen on your JAM. Name your computer whatever you want and tap "Finish".



When you are asked to designate your computer as a "HandsFree Device" be sure to select "NO".



You will now be taken back to the "Bluetooth" menu where your computer should now appear in the "Devices" menu as a paired device. Tap "OK".




If you have done everything correctly to pair and configure your JAM and computer, you will return back to the origninal "Bluetooth Settings" menu in "System".


Now, download and install MicroSoft ActiveSync 3.8 on your computer. Be sure that you have setup a partnership with your JAM via USB prior to trying to connect via Bluetooth.

To create a Bluetooth connection and synch your JAM with your computer on your JAM, go to Programs/ActiveSync.


After you open ActiveSync on your JAM you will then tap on "Tools". You will now see your computer that you paired and configured in "Step Two" above has now got a setting in that menu, so tap "Connect via BT with (your computer's name)".

You will see the following screens on your JAM. As it establishes a Bluetooth connection with your computer.

Now look quickly to your Computer's Monitor or screen. A popup balloon will ask you to allow connection with the JAM. Quickly click on it with your mouse. The following screen will appear.

Be sure to "check" the box labeled "Always allow this device to access this service".

Now the magic begins! You have successfully paired and configured your JAM and computer to synchronize via ActiveSync wirelessly.

Screenshots of the JAM synching with my laptop via Bluetooth.

Finally a fully synched JAM without having to pull out the USB, plug it all up, etc. Just open ActiveSync on your JAM while in range of your Bluetooth enabled computer to fully synch your contacts, calendar, etc.

Bluetooth and JAM go together just like Peas and Carrots.


This article has been edited and published with permission from the original author - Mark Morrow (BengalBoy)




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