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TRENDnet Compact Bluetooth USB Adapter TBW-105UB (Blue)

3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Product Type - Wireless Adapter
  • Warranty - 2 years
  • - Support AFH (Adaptive Frequency Hopping) and Fast Connection enhanced inquiry scan (immediate RHS response), LMP improvements, Parameter Ranges, Extended SCO (eSCO) SCO handle, Synchronization
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: TRENDnet
  • Model Number: TBW-105UB
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Item Display Weight: 0.25 pounds
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

The USB 2.0 Bluetooth Adapter allows you to make short-range wireless connections between your computer and Bluetooth-enabled devices. This Bluetooth v2.0 utilizes Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) to allow for data rates up to 3Mbps. The Bluetooth adapter can easily connect to your Bluetooth-enabled devices from up to 10 meters away.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.5 x 1 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000MAWWLI
  • Item model number: TBW-105UB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 30, 2006

Customer Reviews

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I have had this product for a couple of months now to transfer pictures from my samsung cell phone to my PC. I have had absolutely no problems in the transfer process. It's pretty small so I leave it connected to the laptop. Highly recommended.
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I bought this to replace one of my older adapters. The one this replaced was about 4 years old and I had lost the drivers for it, but was still able to use it with the M$ BT stack. This one beats it in every way other than it's class 2 vs class 1. This was no big deal for me since my priority was throughput over range. I mainly use it to tether my phone to my laptop for EVDO service. My old adapter would only connect at 1.0 Mbps. Not bad, but it was bottlenecking my speed. This adapter connects at 2.1 Mbps, so the actual connection is faster and I'm sure the EDR helps with the throughput. The adapter says it will connect up 3.0 Mbps, so I guess my phone tops out at 2.1. It says it also supports Sactternet and connections with up to 7 other active slave devices. I haven't had a chance to test this feature yet, but would come in handy if I were to also use a headset, A2DP, mouse, and keyboard at the same time.

Range seems about right. I got about 30ft (and that's with 2 walls and a washer/dryer in between) before the connection became intermittent. For those wondering why this is not a class 1 it's probably because there is trade-off when it comes to range. You can ether have more range or more throughput at the expense of the other. I don't think there are any class 1 adapters that are also v2 + EDR.

I noticed someone else say that it did not just work out of the box. For it to just work, it would have to be compatible with M$'s BT stack (I don't know if this one is, I didn't even try it). Even if it worked, I've always found M$'s BT stack to be a little lacking in features and settings. If you get this, do yourself a favor and use it with the included drivers (which are Widcomm 5.1, btw).
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Plugged it into my Linux machine. Absolutely no problems; drivers worked the first time. I was able to transfer contacts and pictures to my cell phone and my wife's cell phone.
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I was a little disappointed to see that there's no cover for the plug, but the device seems to work fine. No trouble with drivers; it popped in the taskbar of my Ubuntu desktop within seconds of plugging it in, and it receives data from my wiimote.
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I installed this on my Dell laptop, which is running XP SP3. The installation process worked fine, and I was able to transfer files to a cell phone with no problems. Everything else about the device itself seems to be just fine.

The issue I have is with the WIDCOMM software that comes with it. There's an annoying desktop icon which can't be easily removed and a service that starts automatically upon startup that is also not easy to disable. I realize that a lot of people just want something like this to work and be immediately accessible all the time, but others of us would like to use it on-demand and not have extra icons and crap running on our computers constantly.

If anyone's interested, the desktop icon can be removed by deleting the following registry key:
HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\desktop\namespace\6af09... (delete the item that starts with 6af09...). Others have reported success using Windows desktop cleanup wizard, but this didn't work for me. The service can be disabled by through msconfig. That's what I did, and now I just run the BTTray.exe file in C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software whenever I want to use it.
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I've been toying with the idea to link my printers to my laptop via blouetooth so I bought two Trendnet Compact USB adapters. After pluging it into the Canon Selphy ES-30printer and turning on the printer my cell phone showed up on the printer screen. I had to navigate a few screens on the phone but I was able to link up to the printer and send an image in a few minutes without too much fuss. I plugged one of the adapters into my laptop (which did not have bluetooth built-in) and after navigating to the control panel and clicking on the bluetooth logo I found the Canon Selphy ES-30 icon. Sending photos took about two minutes, (and I had to wake the printer) but the prints are excellent. I'm hoping that I can connect this to my printer hub(I have several printers hooked to a USB hub) and see and choose among the various printers when I need a particular one. In effect I will have a wireless printer hub for less than $15.00. (Hopefully!)
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By R. Green on November 24, 2008
I just bought this devise for my Palm Centro and my Windows Vista Laptop. It was extremely easy to setup. Don't forget to click on the bluetooth icon in the tray near your clock on your PC or laptop and setup the devise you want to transfer files with. I easily was able to wirelessly sync my phone and then transfered music files to the phone from my laptop. Never realized it would be so inexpensive to add this small bluetooth devise to my computer. The package does not say that it's compatable with Vista but the Trendnet website and the installation booklet both say it, so don't worry about setting up with Vista. Very easy, and I'm not a techy.
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