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Transferring digital camera images to the computer

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Transferring digital camera images to the computer

The Image Transfer tab of the Wireless Link dialog box includes a check box in which you can specify whether you want to transfer images from a digital camera to your computer using Wireless Link.

The Image Transfer tab also specifies the default location for image files received from a digital camera. This location is used by Wireless Link. Other programs may use other locations or require you to specify a location when you begin the transfer. You can also elect to have Windows Explorer automatically open to this location after images have been transferred.

The transfer is initiated by the digital camera rather than the computer. To transfer images, point the infrared window on your camera at the infrared transceiver on the computer. Then follow the camera manufacturer's instructions to select the picture and send it to the computer. Some cameras can transfer more than one picture at a time. The exact steps to transfer pictures depends on the make and model of the camera, and should be described in the instructions for operating the camera.

To configure Wireless Link to transfer camera images, see Change settings to transfer images from a digital camera. To transfer camera images to your computer using Wireless Link, see Transfer images from a digital camera to your computer.

Caution

  • To enhance security, do not enable infrared image transfer (IrTran-P), that is, do not select the Use Wireless Link to transfer images from a digital camera to your computer check box. If you select this check box, all incoming files sent over IrTran-P are automatically accepted. Because incoming files might contain harmful programs, ensure that the files originate from a trustworthy source. Do not open files if you cannot verify the source, do not recognize the file format, or are unsure of the content. Instead, delete the files immediately. For more information about infrared security considerations, see Security information for infrared communication.

Important

  • To enhance security, align infrared devices so that the infrared transceivers are between 0.1 meter (approximately 4 inches) and 0.5 meter (approximately 20 inches) apart whenever you establish an infrared link between two devices. Although there can be up to 1 meter (approximately 40 inches) between infrared transceivers without a loss in data transfer capability, if you place the transceivers closer to each other, you minimize the risk of interference from an attacker. To further enhance security, ensure that all infrared devices and data sources are trustworthy, and, if you are transferring infrared data with another person, conduct the transfer in a private location whenever possible. For more information about infrared security considerations, see Security information for infrared communication.

Notes

  • If you are using synchronization software, note that certain software will automatically disable infrared image transfer (IrTran-P). As a result, you will not be able to use Wireless Link to transfer images from a digital camera to your computer. In such cases, you might have to remove the synchronization software before you can use Wireless Link to transfer digital camera images. To determine whether your synchronization software disables infrared image transfer, see your software manufacturer's product documentation.

  • In the Windows Server 2003 family, only Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, supports infrared networking.

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