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Bluetooth overview
Bluetooth is industrial standard for wireless communication. Bluetooth specification defines how devices could communicate using radio waves at 2.4 GHz frequency. More details on the physical layers are outside of the scope of this document. The purpose of STM is to explain Bluetooth to application developers.
Bluetooth is designed to enable devices to exchange data. The specification could be split into three layers:
  • Transport layer made of radio, baseband and link managers.
  • Middleware layer made of high level protocols that are very important for application developers this layer defines protocols like RFCOMM, OBEX, SDP and others.
    • RFCOMM could be considered as serial port communication over Bluetooth. This protocol is the base of the most of the other middleware protocols.
    • SDP this protocol allows applications to discover services and details about the services.
    • OBEX protocol that defines format and semantics of data exchanged
  • Application layer is made of highest level protocols organized into so called Bluetooth Application Profiles. Application profiles define high level services exported by a device like File transfer protocol profile defining all protocols and commands used to exchange files between two devices using Bluetooth.
Overview of Bluetooth layers
Application profiles  
OBEX AT Commands
RFCOMM protocol
Radio communications

Creating your first Bluetooth enabled application
So far we have enough theory, there are lost of other and better resources about Bluetooth. Lets try to explain steps necessary to create you first Bluetooth application.
For this example will create an application that will allow you to manage files on your mobile. The best way to create this application is to base it on the File transfer protocol profile.
On the top of our application layer is the FTP Bluetooth profile. The profile defines commands like put and get these commands are packed as OBEX operations and are send over RFCOMM connection.
First step find the device
When your application starts it has to find the device. Finding the device is related to the low level radio protocols so it is up to the operating system to do the work for us. Microsoft Windows provides powerful but hard to use native API to scan for Bluetooth devices in range, so we prefer to use the Bluelibs.
We have a nice class to scan for devices BtScanner:

public BtDevice FindDevice()
    BtScanner btScanner = new BtScanner();
    btScanner.SearchTimeOut = 15;
    RemoteDevice[] devices = btScanner.GetDeviceList();

Bluetooth scanning could take several minutes so it is better to restrict it to 15 seconds only. For more details on using the scanning class, please refer to the help files.
Second step connect a service
In the sample above we will use the first found device. Once we have the device we can connect to:
  • To OBEX
  • To any of the services exported by the device.
As we want to manage files we have to connect to FTP service of your phone:

ClientConnection conn = FirstDevice.ConnectToService(

Third step get contents of a directory
The last step for the example it to use OBEX commands. Unfortunately OBEX commands are not that simple but we are lucky enough to have even complete handler for FTP protocol over OBEX the OBEXFtpClient:

OBEXFtpClient ftpClinet = new OBEXFtpClient();
string mainDirList = ftpClinet.ListDir();

So now we are connected to your mobile and we have xml listing of the content of its default folder.

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