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Transfer images from a digital camera to your computer

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To transfer images from a digital camera to your computer

  1. Open Wireless Link in Control Panel.

  2. On the Image Transfer tab, select the Use Wireless Link to transfer images from a digital camera to your computer check box.

  3. Establish an infrared link by aligning your computers so that the infrared transceivers are within 1 meter (approximately 40 inches) of each other, and the transceivers are pointing at each other. For more information about establishing infrared links, see Related Topics.

  4. Refer to the camera manufacturer's instructions to select and transfer images.

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 Related Topics.

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 Related Topics.

Notes

  • Performing this task does not require you to have administrative credentials. Therefore, as a security best practice, consider performing this task as a user without administrative credentials.

  • To open a Control Panel item, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click the appropriate icon.

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

  • The Wireless Link icon appears in Control Panel only if an infrared device is already installed on your computer.

  • The Wireless Link icon will automatically create a folder for the transferred images, accept the images, and open the folder when the image transfer is completed.

  • Wireless Link cannot initiate the transfer of images. The camera must initiate the transfer of images.

  • To use Wireless Link to transfer images, the camera must support infrared image transfer (IrTran-P). If it does not support this protocol, you need to use a program provided by the camera manufacturer or by another party. If you use another program, make sure you clear the Use Wireless Link to transfer images from a digital camera to your computer check box.

  • If you are using synchronization software, note that certain software will automatically disable 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.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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