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I notice that devices in my LAN that can use Bluetooth all have a MAC address in addition to their wireless MAC address and/ or wired MAC address.

However, I noticed that I never need to configure the IP address for the Bluetooth (although I configure the IP address for all the other devices; I use static IP addressing instead of DHCP for the LAN).

So, does Bluetooth need an IP address like the wired and wireless network adapters? If not, why?

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Bluetooth devices do not require you to be connected to your LAN, (in fact I don't even know if this is possible) however, because Bluetooth is a "personal wireless network" it still requires your Bluetooth devices to have a MAC address so they can separate themselves from other Bluetooth devices.

At least that is my understanding of the way Bluetooth works...

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Yes, that makes sense to me. – H3br3wHamm3r81 Oct 16 '13 at 17:33

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