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This is a handy little Bluetooth USB mini-adapter. This adapter supports Bluetooth v2.0 class 1 and has a maximum distance of up to 100m. The adapter also includes an indicator LED. Great for laptops and if you're on the go!
This device does not include any drivers or software, however, you shouldn't need any as it supports the native Windows Bluetooth stack (Windows XP, Vista, 7). Plug it in and Windows should handle the rest.
Of course, we couldn't resist taking it apart.
Please note: Many of these modules have been found to have the same Bluetooth address. If you're simply trying to connect from your computer to a cell phone or headset, these will work great. If you're attempting to attach multiple modules to a computer, the computer will not be able to address both modules at the same time.
Based on 3 ratings:
I have bought three of these between home and work (two different accounts) in the last two weeks. Of the three, TWO FAILED out of the box.
Based on customer comments, I'm not the only one to fall prey to these crappy little devices.
Also, considering that support didn't even blink or ask for the small piece of plastic back, but offered an immediate refund, Sparkfun is aware of how poor these products are.
I spend a lot of money at Sparkfun between personal life and work. I find it discouraging that for several years there are poor and bad comments about this product, and yet Sparkfun continues to sell it.
Perhaps management should reconsider offering this unreliable device.
This was easy to program for use as serial data transfer from an Arduino to a PC. It was also easy to pair with a cell phone for data transfer. I wish it were faster as it took me about 70 seconds per photo to transfer, but I won't complain about speed when the price is so low.
I do wish that it had a manual available from Sparkfun. Not that you need it but I feel weird not having a manual to read for details on hardware =)
I bought this dongle and it works 1 time out of 5. You have to take it out and plug it back in until it works properly. Didn't find anything to increase the reliability of the product sadly.
If you buy this and are having problems, consider this dongle as the primary source. It will save you hours searching for the possible causes.
Personally, I would expect more reliable products from Sparkfun.