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Add a new infrared device to a serial port

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To add a new infrared device to a serial port

  1. Connect the infrared device to a serial port on your computer, and note the serial port number (typically COM1 or COM2).

  2. In Control Panel, open Add Hardware.

  3. In Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard, click Next.

  4. In Is the hardware connected?, click Yes, I have already connected the hardware, and then click Next.

  5. In Installed hardware, click Add a new hardware device, and then click Next.

  6. In The wizard can help you install other hardware, click Install the hardware that I manually select from a list, and then click Next.

  7. In Common hardware types, click Infrared devices, and then click Next.

  8. In Select Infrared Device, do one of the following:

    • If you do not have an installation disk for the infrared device, under Manufacturer, click the manufacturer, under Infrared Device, click the infrared device, and then click Next.

    • If you have an installation disk for a compatible driver, click Have Disk, insert the disk, click Next, and then follow any additional instructions to install the device.

  9. In The wizard is ready to install your hardware, click Next.

  10. In Infrared Device Installation, select the serial port to which your infrared device is attached, and then click Next.


  • For enhanced security, performance, and stability, it is recommended that you use only signed device drivers. For more information, see Related Topics.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • 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.

  • This procedure applies only if an infrared device was not installed automatically when you turned on your computer. Typically, USB, PCMCIA, and other Plug and Play compliant infrared devices are automatically detected and installed. These devices do not need additional configuration to be installed.

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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