Bluetooth profiles - Computer Definition
The ways wireless Bluetooth transmission can be used are defined in "profile" specifications, and the major profiles are summarized below. See Bluetooth. GAP - Generic Access Profile SDAP - Service Discovery Application Profile Device and service discovery. HSP - Headset Profile The common headset application, first deployed in 1998. HFP - Handsfree Profile Hands-free calling while driving. Headsets use this profile for redial and call waiting. First deployed in 2002. A2DP - Advanced Audio Distribution Profile Supports mono and stereo audio. For example, a smartphone transmits MP3 music via A2DP and phone calls via HSP or HFP (see above). See Bluetooth audio. PBAP - Phone Book Access Profile Transfer a cellphone's contact list to a car's hands-free system. HID - Human Interface Device Based on the USB controller protocol, supports mice, keyboards and game controllers. AVRCP - AV Remote Control Profile Enables a smartphone to function as a remote control for computers and home theater equipment. BIP - Basic Imaging Profile Transmit images to external storage. Also used for remote controls and selfie sticks to snap a photo. BPP - Basic Printing Profile HCRP - Hard Copy Cable Replacement Profile BPP supports printing without a printer driver, while HCRP requires a driver in the transmitting device. CTP - Cordless Telephony Profile Enables cellphones to connect to landlines in the home or office. ICP - Intercom Profile Always-on communications between two phones. See walkie talkie. IPSP/GATT - IP Support Profile/Generic Attribute Internet IPv6 connectivity for low-power IoT devices. IPSP is direct, while GATT uses gateways. See Bluetooth 4.2.