Bluetooth and IrDA are two similar technologies with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. This paper provides a complementary comparison of the two to help determine which transport better serves a given application. By giving an overview of the two technologies followed by a discussion of sample usage models, the developer can understand how the technologies differ and where they overlap. Next, the paper provides a comparison of the implementation costs and regulatory requirements for both. This furnishes a complete framework of considerations needed to select the appropriate technology required for a given application.

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