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#1 Director

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 05:20 PM

Hmm, I wanted to get a BT dongle so I use a BT headset on the main PC.  There's about 1 billion of them out there including some cheapies on ebay, so which one do I want to get?   Will just need to use a headset (headphones and mic) at this stage up to a few meters away max.  Also do I need to get any third party software, I've heard the windows 10 BT stack is pretty lame.

 

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 05:36 PM

I bought one some years back (USB) and it needed WinXP drivers but Win7 just picks it up and autoinstalls.  Compared to today's dongles it's pretty bulky, has a floppy antenna and protrudes about 6cm from the USB port.

 

Probably not the best way to do things but there are nano sized USB ones now or PCIe cards, though I wouldn't waste a PCIe slot on a BT adaptor although there are combo cards that also have Wifi which would make it worthwhile if you want both and don't mind dedicating a slot to it.

 

Another alternative is one that attaches to an internal USB header on the motherboard then mounts to somewhere convenient such as spare expansion slot cover.

 

Yet another option though not sure how common could be a 3.5" multi card reader with BT adaptor included.  Supposedly this Xeon machine I've got has one but I can't find driver support.

 

 

The other consideration is later BT version support.  We're up to 4.x now though some of the improvements relate to just using BT to negotiate an 802.11 quick connection, but for whatever device you get probably worth throwing a couple of extra bucks at for a later version.

 

Seems the nano adaptors are cheap enough that you could just include them in Cornflakes packets so it's not going to be a disaster if you pick a dud.



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Posted 22 September 2016 - 05:57 PM

The internal USB one sounds good but I don't have any free internal USB's so something that will plug into an external USB port will have to be the the way to go I guess.


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Posted 22 September 2016 - 06:08 PM

Nano might be the shot... I'd be tempted to grab one myself but rarely use BT devices on my desktop system.



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:47 AM

Actually windows 10 drivers are pretty flawless. If it was 7 I was going to be scared.

 

Anything will really work, just make sure it has the headset profile and go for it.

I've used about 10 or so models, all from china, all work fine. all about $5 from ebay.


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:22 PM

My windows 7 netbook constantly reinstalls the bluetooth everytime I start Windows, which is a bit weird.


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 07:50 AM

Actually windows 10 drivers are pretty flawless. If it was 7 I was going to be scared.

 

Anything will really work, just make sure it has the headset profile and go for it.

I've used about 10 or so models, all from china, all work fine. all about $5 from ebay.

Make sure what has the headset profile? The windows BT stack?

 

Not to worry, the BT dongle (CSR) came with it's own software.


Edited by Director, 26 September 2016 - 09:03 AM.

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 09:18 AM

 

Actually windows 10 drivers are pretty flawless. If it was 7 I was going to be scared.

 

Anything will really work, just make sure it has the headset profile and go for it.

I've used about 10 or so models, all from china, all work fine. all about $5 from ebay.

Make sure what has the headset profile? The windows BT stack?

 

Not to worry, the BT dongle (CSR) came with it's own software.

 

 

Nah, windows does by default. They finally made it 'just work' I've used countless headsets.

So long as the headset you use has both a High Quality, and a Headset\Phone profile, it'll go nicely.


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 09:31 AM

Make sure it's Bluetooth 3 or 4, bluetooth 2 does not support audio (I have one those old ones on my desk LOL)


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 06:09 PM

Yeah it's BT 4.

 

It should work with these no probs...

 

http://www.nerdrepor...hphones-review/


Edited by Director, 26 September 2016 - 06:09 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 02:14 PM

I've bought cheap ones off eBay, that apparently work fine with Raspberry Pi (I've yet to test) but refuse to work with Win7 or Win10.


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:22 PM

I've bought cheap ones off eBay, that apparently work fine with Raspberry Pi (I've yet to test) but refuse to work with Win7 or Win10.

 

Linux might have some sort of generic cover-all driver but Windows is a bit more fussy.


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:28 PM

I think going forward, I'd keep everything in the Bluetooth 4.0 realm.


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