This report is the result of the work performed on the Bluetooth Technology Evaluation Project by BlueSuit Research, a university group. The main objectives of the Bluetooth Technology Project were to evaluate the Bluetooth wireless communications standard and to provide a comparison between Bluetooth with similar technologies, such as IEEE802.11b (Wi-Fi), and HomeRF.

To meet these objectives, the project was divided into the following well-defined tasks:


Comparison Between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and HomeRF:

-Research specifications for each technology entailing methods used to handle physical layer (radio) and data link layer (baseband) issues.

-Research market trends for each technology covering issues such as manufacturer's support, projected growth rates, and consumer confidence.


Bluetooth Evaluation :

-Develop a sample application to support the use of Bluetooth as a viable solution for providing short-range wireless communication.

-Evaluate the performance of Bluetooth in terms of distance of operations and its immunity to noise interference.



Evaluation of Bluetooth's, Wi-Fi's, and HomeRF's methods to handle radio and data link layer issues were performed, along with market trends for each technology. Our results show that Bluetooth is a new and emerging technology that currently has no main competitors in its technology space

Bluetooth is a wireless communications standard with its market space geared more towards wireless personal area networks and mobile communications. Wi-Fi and HomeRF are similar wireless technologies, however the focus on Wi-Fi is towards wireless LANs applications, while HomeRF deals more with wireless LANs and wireless PANs for the home network




Research shows that although there are few Bluetooth-enabled products at present, the number of Bluetooth-enabled devices that will be introduced in the market are projected to skyrocket in the next few years.


We successfully developed a sample application that transfers streaming video over a short-range Bluetooth wireless link. The application consists of transferring a compressed H.263 video file (video encoder/decoder provided by AVT ) from one computer (server) to another (client).

The performance of the Bluetooth link in terms of distance of operations and its immunity to microwave (noise) interference was determined. Our sample results of 40 m line-of-sight, and correct operation with in 30 cm of microwave interference indicate that Bluetooth is a viable solution for short-range wireless communication