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Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible; Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible)
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- Adds Bluetooth support to Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, or Linux PCs that don't already have it. Adds Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) support to Windows 8 and higher.
- Supports Bluetooth speakers, headphones, headsets, keyboards, mice, and more. Extremely compact USB adapter. Safe to leave in for laptop travel. Energy efficient.
- Automatic install through Windows Update in Windows 10 with default Bluetooth stack. Includes Broadcom Bluetooth stack for Windows 8.1, 8 and 7 (available separately for 10). Works with Raspbian and Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi.
- Does NOT add Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 4.0) capability to Windows 7 and earlier. Does NOT work in car stereo systems or TVs. Does NOT work with Mac. NOT recommended for employer-provided computers.
- Some audio devices, such as the Bose QuietComfort 35, require downloading specific drivers to function in Windows 7.
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Empower Your Computer with Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0 allows connection with recent Bluetooth Low Energy ("BLE" or "Bluetooth Smart") devices like Fitbit fitness trackers, iBeacons, and the latest generation of mice and keyboards. (BLE devices not supported in Windows 7 and earlier. Fitbit requires the Fitbit Windows 10 app).
Works with 32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, & Windows 10. Supports recent versions of popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora. (* Linux kernel versions 3.0.34, 3.2.20, and 3.4 and later)
Works with all Raspberry Pi models with Raspbian or Ubuntu Mate, including the new Raspberry Pi Zero. (Does not work with Windows IoT core on the Raspberry Pi)
Linux computers may need additional software and setup, and may not support all Bluetooth profiles. Specialized or minimal Linux verisons may not have Bluetooth support built into the kernel, and might not work without significant configuration. Many Linux distributions do not use the latest versions of BlueZ and Pulseaudio, which can create compatibility problems with devices unless those components, and the kernel, are updated.
Note: Some recent audio devices have pairing issues in Windows 7 or below, and in Linux with certain versions of BlueZ and Pulseaudio, due to their Bluetooth implementation. Beats and Bose audio devices may require downloading drivers from Plugable. Prior to Windows 8, Windows did not support Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart/BLE) and related profiles. While most Bluetooth 4.0 and above headsets, headphones, and speakers work well with the Plugable Bluetooth adapter in Windows XP through 10, they may require downloading specific drivers. Plugable can help with this.
Compact and Powerful
Supports the following Bluetooth profiles (profile version varies):
- Windows XP
- Bluetooth Core Spec Version 3.0
- WIDCOMM software provides support for — A2DP, AVCTP, AVDTP, AVRCP, BIP, BNEP, BPP, DUN, FTP, GAVDP, HCRP 1.2, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, RFCOMM, SPP, SDAP, SYNC
- Windows Vista & 7
- Bluetooth Core Spec Version 4.0 (No support for Bluetooth Low Energy)
- WIDCOMM software provides support for — A2DP, AVCTP, AVDTP, AVRCP, BIP, BNEP, BPP, DUN, DID, FTP, GAVDP, HCRP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, RFCOMM, SPP, SDAP, VDP
- Windows 8, 8.1, & 10
- Bluetooth Core Spec Version 4.0
- WIDCOMM software provides support for — A2DP, AVCTP, AVDTP, AVRCP, BNEP, DUN, DID, FTP, GATT, GAVDP, HCRP, HFP, HID over GATT, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, PXP, RFCOMM, SPP (limited*), SDAP, SYNC
- Windows 10's Bluetooth stack provides support for:
- Classic Profiles — A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, DI/DID, HCRP, HFP, HID, OPP, PAN, SPP (limited*)
- Low Energy Profiles (most via RFCOMM) — Battery, Blood Pressure, HID over GATT, GATT (client only, server coming in Windows 10 Creators Update), Heart Rate, Health Thermometer, Running Speed and Cadence, Scan Perameters. Additional profiles coming in Windows 10 Creators Update.
- With kernel version 4.9+, BlueZ 5.44+, Pulseaudio 10+, and oFono
- Classic Profiles — A2DP*, AVCTP, AVDTP, AVRCP, AVRCS, DID, DUN, GAVDP, GOEP, HCRP, HDP, HFP*, HID over GATT, HID, IAP, MAP, MPS, OBEX, OPP, PAN, PBAP, RFCOMM, SAP, SPP
- Low Energy Profiles — Alert Notification, Cycling Speed and Cadence, GATT, HID over GATT, Heart Rate, PXP, Scan Perameters, Time
- With kernel version 4.9+, BlueZ 5.44+, Pulseaudio 10+, and oFono
Note: Many devices require support for multiple profile to fully pair and function. Software issues are the responsibility of Broadcom for WIDCOMM software, Microsoft for the Windows stack, and the respective Bluetooth open source projects for Linux issues. Linux support for Bluetooth is frequently updated and often has bugs with particular profiles, profile support information is based on Bluetooth SIG qualified listing data and release note information from software developers.
*Windows Serial Port Profile support is mostly available for devices rather than developers in Windows 8 and above. Microsoft recommends using RFCOMM instead of SPP in recent Windows versions.
*Linux support for Bluetooth audio such as A2DP and HFP/HSP is undergoing significant development and may not function as changes occur.
Range, Compatibility, and FAQ
A: While USB 3.0 (now known as USB 3.1 Gen 1) can provide higher throughput than USB 2.0, there is a critical flaw in the design of USB 3.0. USB 3.0 introduced radio frequency interference in the 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz range, which is the same radio spectrum used by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. While this interference can be reduced through heavy shielding, it cannot be entirely avoided. USB 2.0 does not have this issue, but it is also important to use a USB 2.0 port that is not in very close proximity to an in-use USB 3.0 port as well. Also, since the adapter itself is USB 2.0, there is no possible performance advantage to using USB 3.0.
Q: Why shouldn't I plug the adapter in at the back of my computer? I don't really have any ports on the front, so what am I supposed to do?
A: Components inside a tower-style computer case are largely exposed inside the computer's case, and there is very little shielding to reduce radio interference that they produce. This is particularly true at the rear input/output panel of a PC. This is often why cables that are designed to plug in to the back of a computer will have a ferrite bead attached to them, to reduce radio interference. If you don't have a port available elsewhere on your PC, consider using a USB 2.0 hub to get more ports that are located away from the back of your PC, or a USB 2.0 extension cable.
Q: I'm not getting the range that I want with my devices even though I've made sure to avoid radio interference sources and have no obstructions blocking line-of-sight. What should I do?
A: Plugable can provide further assistance with these issues.
Q: I want to use this at work, or a computer provided by my employer. Will I need the help of our IT staff to get it working?
A: Yes, this is very likely. Many office environments use what is called a Windows domain environment that can interfere with the driver install. It is recommended to install the drivers using the domain's default 'Administrator' account to avoid install problems.
Q: Can I use this together with my Windows computer's built-in adapter?
A: No. Windows can only support one Bluetooth adapter at a time. Also if you have ever used another adapter on the computer all, drivers for it must be removed before plugging in this adapter. Any internal adapters must be disabled. Plugable can help with this.
A: Yes! The Plugable Bluetooth adapter works great with the Bluetooth-capable Microsoft Xbox One S Controller (Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or greater only), and other standards-compliant Bluetooth controllers. Be sure to check Microsoft's support documentation to verify that your controller model is Bluetooth-capable. Microsoft only recommends using one controller via Bluetooth. If you encounter input lag, please see the other notes regarding range issues as these apply to input delays as well.
Q: Will this work with my TV, home theater equipment, or my car stereo system?
A: Sorry, this device will only work when plugged into supported Windows or Linux computers. Even though TVs, home theater equipment, and stereos have USB ports, they don't have the necessary drivers to support this adapter. If your equipment takes a similar-looking Bluetooth dongle, you'll have to buy that exact adapter from the device maker.
Q: Will this work with Mac OS X/macOS systems or Apple Bluetooth peripherals?
A: All recent Mac computers are designed to work with their built-in adapters, and won't work with this one. Since Apple uses non-standard Bluetooth protocols, not all features of Apple devices will work when connected through our adapter, when the adapter is used with a compatible host. Most issues with Apple products occur on Linux systems. We have some user reports that AirPods are working well in Windows, and most peripherals seem to work okay in Windows.
Q: Will this work with PlayStation controllers, headsets, or other PlayStation products?
A: It might work, but we cannot say for sure. All PlayStation-branded devices use a non-standard Bluetooth implementation that requires third-party software, which we cannot support. It is also worth mentioning that Sony now offers an official USB wireless adapter for the DualShock 4.
Q: Will this work with Wii Remotes?
A: It might work, but we cannot say for sure. As with PlayStation peripherals, third-party software is needed to make use of the remotes, which we cannot support.
Q: Are there any special compatibility concerns with Bose or Beats headphones and speakers?
A: Newer Bose audio devices may have pairing issues in Windows 7 or below due to their Bluetooth implementation. We have drivers for Windows 7 available for download to resolve this. Beats audio devices may require a driver update in Windows 8 and above which are also available for download from Plugable. Since some newer audio devices appear as a Bluetooth Classic and a Bluetooth Low Energy device, pairing to the correct Bluetooth channel on these devices for them to work can be unintuitive. Plugable can help.
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I followed the instructions and since it is not plug and play as directed (Win 7), I had to install the files from the included installation CD. After the drive was installed I could not find a cute little icon or anything on my desktop showing my to activate the Bluetooth to put it in discovery mode. After several minutes of searching and looking at the instructions which did not state anything, I finally went to the Control Panel and figured things out on my own.
After going to "Control Panel", select "Hardware and Sound". From there to select "Manage Audio Devices" . In this file you are able to select the USB Bluetooth adapter as your default audio device. I later went back and dragged the "Manage Audio Devices" to my desktop to make a shortcut. This makes it easier to switch between my computer speakers and Bluetooth instead of going through so many steps.
My headphones paired easily with the Bluetooth adapter and does not drop the signal and has excellent range. The adapter is tiny. I just wished the instructions were just a little bit easier to more detailed.
In Windows 10, it was plug and play. (Sort of) I plugged it in and my laptop recognized the device but it did not load device drivers. I realized my laptop was not connected to the internet and I needed internet connection to download the drivers. As soon as I connected to the web drivers were automatically downloaded and installed. I connected my Jelly Comb keyboard & my Bose Headphones with no problems. I also connected my Amazon fire to my laptop and transferred pictures easily and quickly.
Over all a great product!
Note: Quick set up guide does state " USB 2.0 port preferred if available "
I bought two of these based on the reviews, but sadly I can't recommend them. I'd return, but it's just not worth the time and energy. They'll be in my "things that didn't work" drawer.
Simple easy to open packaging along with instructions and a CD for software and drivers. It's nice that they have included the CD but I was too lazy to load it up and decided to download from the website they suggested on the instructions.
Very straightforward website and tons of driver options for different versions of Windows and Linux. I was up and running within minutes.
The range using it with my Taotrnics TT-BH12 is about 15-20 feet depending on walls and obstacles. I'm overall very happy considering the zero hassle and price.
My only complain would be how much it sticks out of the USB plug compared to my logitech receiver but I've never had any other bluetooth recevers to compare it with.
No if you don't mind, I'd like to load up a movie on my laptop and kick back and watch it wirelessly!
FYI this dongle glows blue when connected/paired, not a problem for me but I didn't read that in any of the reviews I skimmed over
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