infrared port

a.k.a. IrDA port

A port that enables devices to exchange data without using cables.

Usually, you'd attach a dongle to a serial port, but with infrared ports, you can place the devices across from each other (so the infrared ports are facing) and "beam" your info instantaneously. IrDA stands for "Infrared Data Association," a group of device manufacturers that developed the standard for transmitting data via infrared light waves. IrDA enabled products include: adapters, dongles, notebooks, PDAs, cell phones, handhelds, pagers, scanners, digital cameras, printers, fax machines, bar code scanners, set top boxes, toys, wrist watches, and more.

See also : IrDA  
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