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TRENDnet Bluetooth USB Adapter TBW-101UB (Blue)


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  • Uses 2.4GHz ISM frequency band with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) standard
  • Allows any computer with USB connections to become a Bluetooth enabled computer
  • Compliant with USB 1.1 Specification
  • Enables computers to connect to Bluetooth printer and Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (PDA and mobile phone)
  • Compatible with Windows 98,ME,2000,XP
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Product Description

Product Description

Item #: Q72507. TRENDnet's TBW-101UB Bluetooth USB Adapter allows you to make short-range wireless connections between your computer and Bluetooth enabled devices such as Cellular Phone, PDA, and Computer. It is compact and portable, eliminating the need for cables and physical connections between electronic devices. The Bluetooth USB Adapter transmission ensures both protection from interference and secured data transfers. Simply plug the USB Adapter into the USB port and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of Bluetooth wireless technology. Product Description: TRENDnet TBW-101UB - network adapter
Device Type: Network adapter
Form Factor: External
Interface (Bus) Type: USB
Dimensions (WxDxH): 1 in x 2.8 in x 0.3 in
Weight: 0.3 oz
Data Link Protocol: Bluetooth
Data Transfer Rate: 723 Kbps
Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
Compliant Standards: Bluetooth 1.1
System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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From the Manufacturer

TRENDnet's TBW-101UB Bluetooth USB Adapter allows you to make short-range wireless connections between your computer and Bluetooth enabled devices such as Cellular Phone, PDA, and Computer. It is compact and portable, eliminating the need for cables and physical connections between electronic devices. The Bluetooth USB Adapter transmission ensures both protection from interference and secured data transfers. Simply plug the USB Adapter into the USB port and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of Bluetooth wireless technology.

Features

  • Build-in 128-bit encryption security for communications between Bluetooth devices
  • Synchronize devices in Personal Area Network (PAN) automatically to keep data consistent
  • Plug & Play and Easy Installation
  • Connection range up to 10 meters (33 ft.)
  • 1-Year Warranty

Benefits

  • Integration Friendly: Drivers support Windows Operating Systems.
  • Economical: Save time, labor, and material for network cable installation.
  • Flexible: Connects PC, Laptop, Cellular Phone and PDA to share data, files and information in Personal Area Network quickly and easily.
  • Performance: Data Transfer Rate up to 723 Kbps

Product Details

Data Sheet [137kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000BVV37
  • Item model number: TBW-101UB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 2, 2003

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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This adapter is able to connect to my Plantronics Bluetooth headset so I can listen wirelessly to audio on my computer.
E. Wang
Other times I have had to reboot my computer before a connection could be established.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I bought this adapter so I could use it with my PDA Tungsten T3 and cellphone Samsung T-809 bluetooth capabilities. The whole installation did not go flawlessly, however, so I had to download a new version of BlueSoleil program from the web in order to use the device on my laptop. Although this task was cumbersome and time-consuming, after the new version of BlueSoleil 1.6.1.4 was installed, the adapter has been working fine with both of my bluetooth devices and I am satisfied with the overall performance.

However, there are two things that you should concern about the bluetooth before you buy this.

1) Bluetooth is much slower than USB transfer speed. I can synchro files over bluetooth but it takes too much time, so instead of using the bluetooth I usually end up just plugging in USB between the devices.

2) Although not stated, you actually get (well at least I did) different-looking adapter than one that's picture is shown. However, don't worry. The one you get is more compact in size and even more portable.

If you are planning on using the bluetooth to transfer files in between the devices, get this bluetooth adapter. it does what it says. It is best to use bluetooth for your PDA just to surf some simple webs or update your Palm or PocketPC softwares.

However, if you are not a patient person, and if you hate to wait for those "copy..." "move..." boxes to disappear, avoid the bluetooth and go with USB cables. Wireless devices aren't that advanced yet in the connection speed.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jay Riemenschneider on August 31, 2004
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I bought this hoping it would work with my mac even though reviewers said it would I couldn't understand why the manufacturer did not say it would. Anyway, plug and play pretty much. I had to do a couple of minutes of configuring, but I haven't had to think about it since and the range is way better than my other non-bluetooth wireless devices. I will never buy another wireless device that doesn't use this technology.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Seth Johnson on February 23, 2004
Even though the price is cheap, this bluetooth adapter delivers. I bought it from Amazon.com (with free shipping, it took merely two days to be delivered!).
It comes with a free USB extension cable in case it won't fit into your hub/computer with wires next to it (it is rather wide, but the extension cable more than makes up for it). The range is good: about the standard 10 meters (it has full range over the room that it's in).
Integration with Mac OS X is superb; it's merely plug and play for Macs, though I assume it is a lot less easy/reliable with Windows computers.
The one down point of Bluetooth is its low transfer rates: with it interfacing with my Sony Ericsson T616, it has an average bandwidth of 4KB/s. I suspect that it is the phone's fault (as it's not necessary to have very high bandwidth for such small files). Bluetooth's official rate is about 90 KB/s, so this is vastly underperforming.
However, due to the cheap price, free cable, and reliability of the TRENDware Bluetooth USB adapter, I give it 5 stars and recommend it to anyone with a Mac looking for a decent, cheap way to become Bluetooth-enabled.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on January 2, 2006
Hunting down a Bluetooth USB can seem like a complicated task but is in fact a lot easier than you would expect if you learn two basic things - range and speed. All Bluetooth USB connections do the same thing. They are small dongles that slot into a USB connection. A Bluetooth USB is also sometimes called a Bluetooth Dongle. They will work with USB 1.1 and above. Bluetooth USB connections have a range of 10 meters to 100 meters depending on which brand you choose. 1 meter = 3.2 feet, so we are looking at Bluetooth USB products ranging from 30 feet to 300 feet. You can probably find Bluetooth USB Adaptors that have a longer range than 100 meters but all of this is about reading the product descriptions to find the kind of range you want. 10 meters is a big distance and so is 100 meters. It means you can have a wireless connection with your PC and Bluetooth device all the way down the road depending on the range you want. So after you have worked out the range you want you need to examine the speed. This is where Bluetooth USB adaptors vary considerably between 723Kbps and 3Mbps. The 723Kbps version is known as Bluetooth V1.2 and the 3Mbps is known as Bluetooth V2.0. V1.2 runs just better than half the speed of a standard USB cable connection. V2 is almost instantaneous, however the difference in terms of sending a big email from your PC to your phone is a matter of seconds, so both V1.2 and V2.0 are considered fast wireless Bluetooth connections. If you can get V2.0 you will have a faster Bluetooth connection. No harm owning a V1.2, you will still be using your Bluetooth device with speed. Some Bluetooth USB adaptors offer encryption but some do not work encrypted. They all use security passwords. If you want encryption you need to check that your Bluetooth USB adaptor has it.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jesse L. Whittington on July 1, 2004
I had no setup issues whatsoever. I bought it to use with my Motorola V600 mobile phone. I installed the Trendware software and drivers on my desktop which uses Windows XP Home Edition and my laptop which uses Windows 2000 Professional. After an easy setup my computers & phone recognized each other. It couldn't have been simpler.
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