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Pre-requisite for a fully working IrCOMM2k is an installed and functioning infrared adapter. On Notebooks they are usually installed on the system board, for a Desktop-PC you could most likely choose from a variety of external adapters (Serial, USB or to install onto the system board). Once you installed the infrared adapter drivers und confirmed they are running, you can install IrCOMM2k as described below:

  1. Decompress/unpack all files from ZIP-Filei  

  2. Start the setup application Setup.exe and click "Install"

  3. Disable "Wireless Image Transfer" in "Wireless Link" 
    => step-by-step instructions

Upgrade from previous version

The setup application has been designed to allow for easy upgrades. Before starting the upgrade and clicking on "Install", please ensure the below: 

  1. Exit all applications that may be using the infrared COM port
    To upgrade the driver on a running system, the COM port cannot be used while upgrading.

  2. Terminate the "older" service application ircomm2k.exe (required only when upgrading from version 1.0.x)

Disable "Wireless Image Transfer"

In the Control Panel, click "Wireless Link". 
Wireless Link in the Control Panel

Select  "Image Transfer". The first option has to be de-selected.
Properties of Wireless Link

Wireless image transfer uses the IrCOMM-Service, the service won't work unless de-activated. When the service is required by an application, the Infrared-COM-Port can't be open. In other words: no application which uses the port should be running.

As an alternative to disabling the wireless image transfer you might be able to simply de-activate "Allow only active IR connection establishment". Details can be found in section Configuration.



IrCOMM2k offers many configuration options. To open the configuration dialog, you need to open the Device Manager, e.g. via Computer Management, which you will find in Control Panel / Administrative Tools. In the Device Manager look for Ports (COM & LPT) and double-click the Infrared Virtual COM Port.
IrCOMM2k in the Device Manager

The Virtual IR COM Port properties page opens now. The Properties-tab shows all values that could be changed. They are explained below: 


  • Receive Timeout Scaling
    Increases the read access timeout to the virtual COM-Port by the factor selected.

    Should applications have problems while transferring data, it might be worthwhile to increase the factor. There shouldn't be any negative implications, but you might see improvements only on rare occasion. That is because most applications determine the read-timeout themselves, thus, IrCOMM2k has no ability to determine this.

  • Emulated Status Lines
    Up to version 1.1.0 IrCOMM2k emulated all lines as active to the applications. It is more favorable to reset these lines when using Dialup Networking. Should other applications begin to experience problems, the individual line statuses could be modified. Click OK to save your modifications. Also, all applications that expect a change, will receive a message. 

  • Allow only active IR connection establishment
    Prevents that other IR-devices can initiate a connection.

    This restriction should resolve most conflicts with other applications, which intend to use IR (e.g. Palm HotSync, image transfer via IR and so on). The typical 10055 error won't be displayed any longer then. In many application scenarios (e.g. IR communications with a cell phone) you could enable this setting, but should connectivity with the device be impacted, you may want to disable it.



Should you really decide to remove this great driver, you can again use the setup-application. Run Setup.exe, click "Un-Install" - done! From version 1.2.1 you will also find IrCOMM2k listed in Control Panel -> Add/Remove Software, where you could run the setup-application from.

Updated: 08.18.2002
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