A short range wireless protocol used by various devices, such as cell phones, wireless headsets, mice and keyboards.

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How do I play audio through a Bluetooth headset in Windows 7?

I recently did an in-place upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 RTM. For the most part, things have gone brilliantly. The only issue I've been facing is regarding my Bluetooth headset, a Dell BH200. The ...
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How to enable Bluetooth in Mac with shortcut or command line?

I accidentally disabled the Bluetooth on Mac OS. I can't enable it because my Bluetooth based keyboard and mouse are now disabled. I found a USB based keyboard I can use, so how can I enable ...
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3.5mm Analog Audio vs. Bluetooth Audio Quality

I want to buy a wireless (bluetooth) headset, but I am worried about the sound quality when it's connected to Bluetooth. All other things being equal (e.g. the quality of the headphones themselves is ...
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Can I use my PC as a Bluetooth headset for my mobile phone?

I have a very good headset and have become quite fond of making all my calls on my PC with Skype. In fact, whenever someone calls my mobile phone, I ask them to call back on my Skype-In number. My ...
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Is there any benefit to plugging a USB 2.0 device into a USB 3.0 port?

I know USB 3.0 is almost entirely backward-compatible, and I know that it introduces a new speed that USB 2.0 devices aren't capable of, but is there any advantage to having a USB 2.0 device in a USB ...
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Is Bluetooth faster than Wi-Fi?

I notice that on my iPhone, when I use my personal hot-spot to distribute Wi-Fi, if I have Bluetooth enabled, the phone will make a Bluetooth connection to my laptop instead of a Wi-Fi connection. ...
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OS X Lion launches iTunes when connecting a Bluetooth Headset

Is there any way to prevent this? I've disabled the iTunes Helper Login Item but iTunes will still start automatically when I connect my Bluetooth Headphones.
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How to block bluetooth signals?

We're developing software for bluetooth devices. We'd like to test the case when the device gets out of range, but don't want to carry the device to the other end of the office for each test. What is ...
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Use laptop as bluetooth keyboard?

Does anyone know of a piece of software that will let me use my laptop (in this case OS X, but software for any OS would be interesting) as a bluetooth keyboard / mouse for use on another machine? In ...
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Is bluetooth tethering slower than Wifi?

I'm tethering a Galaxy Nexus (running Android ICS) with my Macbook Pro (2009 model, running Lion). What's the difference between bluetooth and wifi tethering in terms of: latency bandwidth power ...
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Use PC internet on mobile phone via bluetooth

I want to use my Windows 7 PC's dial up internet with my cell phone (Nokia N73) via Blutooth connection. Can I do that with some program?
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Are all bluetooth adapters the same?

I have a wireless bluetooth mouse which I'm not using. It used to have a bluetooth adapter with it, which I lost a long time ago ... (don't ask). Since my regular mouse just died (bad contact in cable ...
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Ubuntu, Bluetooth headset and Skype

I have a nice bluetooth headset Plantronics 590 and I really want to use it in Linux the way I use it in Windows, i.e. listen to music and call through Skype. There's tons of tutorials how to make ...
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Do Bluetooth repeaters exist?

We have two Android phones (Vibrants) and a regular land-line at home. We bought a cordless system that has Bluetooth built-in (Panasonic KX-TGA651) so that we can use the cordless phones to answer ...
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Sound quality in bluetooth headphones doesn't change to high

My Bluetooth headset Philips SHB6610 has several profiles. It can work as low-quality sound headset (HFP) and high-quality sound headphones (A2DP). Typically whenever I start to play the music in my ...
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How secure is Apple's Bluetooth keyboard?

Can anybody post any documentation on how Mac OS X and Apple's Bluetooth keyboard pair up with each other? I have seen the articles Apple keyboard pairing over Bluetooth and Which wireless keyboard ...
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How do I turn on Bluetooth on a Dell Latitude E6410?

I have recently acquired a Dell Latitude E6410. It's great, but I can't get Bluetooth to work. I have enabled Bluetooth for the wireless switch in the BIOS. However, whenever I try and install the ...
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Unable to Use Bluetooth Mighty Mouse or Wireless Keyboard with Boot Camp

I have Windows 7 64-bit running on a MacBook Pro in a Boot Camp partition. I am trying to pair with my Bluetooth Mighty Mouse and Apple wireless keyboard under Windows, but whenever I try to do so, ...
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Nokia PC suite on Linux

Is there any convenient way to transfer images and sync it with my local folder via bluetooth, on Linux. Nokia PC suite on Windows is a Crapware. I don't want to use it anyway. The new Ovisuite is ...
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Can I make my PC act as a Bluetooth human interface device?

My question is similar to this question, but more broad, and the other has no answers. Is it possible to make a PC (either Windows or Ubuntu) connect via Bluetooth to another device as though the PC ...
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Why do my bluetooth devices stop working on my MacBook Pro

I have this intermittent problem with Bluetooth devices on my MacBook Pro. Even with a fresh set of batteries, occasionally my MacBook pro just seems to "lose" one or the other of them. The ...
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Trust Bluetooth 4.0 Dongle and Bluetooth Headset

Firstly, I'm writing this after 5 hours of nonstop struggle to make it work, so I searched into the deepest websites from Google, and tried many things. I have Trust Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter ...
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Is bluetooth 4.0 backwards compatible with bluetooth 2.0+EDR?

I have been unable to find an answer for this. The last spec I seem to find that mentions backward compatibility is 2.1.
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Adapter to turn wired USB keyboard wireless? [closed]

I've got a wired USB keyboard that I really like. I know it is a long shot, but is there a way to turn it into a wireless (maybe even Bluetooth) keyboard through some sort of adapter or hack?
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Poor Bluetooth audio quality and delays on Dell Latitude with Windows 7

I have been trying to use an LG Tone (HBS700) Bluetooth headset on Windows 7 with mixed results. The PC is a Dell Latitude E6320, and the Bluetooth adapter is the Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth module ...
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Tips for locating my stolen computer?

I'm in a bit of a panic, my new Powerbook laptop was stolen. I had no mobile me, or security software installed on the computer. I have the MAC address of the computer as well as the serial number. Is ...
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Finding Bluetooth link key in Windows 7, to double pair a device on dualboot computer

How can I dig up the Bluetooth link key for a paired device in Windows 7? Is this something that is dependent on the Bluetooth stack I'm using (Toshiba), or is there a generic place to store these in ...
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How to configure Linux to act as a Bluetooth RFCOMM SPP server?

I'm writing a phone app for Android that connects to a bluetooth RFCOMM device in my car. My phone app talks AT commands with it. For development work, I often need to communicate with the device to ...
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How to script Bluetooth on/off and Tethering on Snow Leopard

The Bluetooth / Tethering features in OSX are excellent. But they could be a little bit better. Is there a way to script (via AppleScript?) turning the bluetooth radio on and off, so that I could bind ...
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Bluetooth headphones: great quality on iPhone, poor quality on notebook and PC

I recently got a new pair of Sony MDR-1RBT Bluetooth headphones. On my iPhone 4, they sound fantastic. But when I try to use them on my Windows PC or 2010 Macbook Pro, the sound quality drops ...
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How to avoid Bluetooth interference between headphones and mouse?

I have two Bluetooth devices: Logitech Laser Travel Mouse (probably this one, but white... hope that doesn't matter) and Ritmix RH-432 (sorry for language, but it's apparently Russian company and they ...
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Is there anything like Microsoft Sync for the home or media center computer?

I just returned from a business trip where my rental car (A free upgrade to a Lincoln MKZ!) had the Microsoft Sync system built into it. You know, from the commercial: 'Play artist, Right On ...
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Use bluetooth keyboard to access/edit BIOS?

Can I use a bluetooth keyboard to enter BIOS and edit the values there? I'm thinking of two scenarios: A new machine - no OS (yet). So to me seems no possibility to pair the keyboard. Hence no ...
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No Bluetooth on Dell Vostro 3500

I recently purchased a Dell Vostro 3500. I could not find any way of activating the bluetooth device. I looked at the BIOS and tried installing the bluetooth drivers which said that no bluetooth ...
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Bluetooth Headphones sound terrible on Mac OS X?

I got a pair of Plantronics bluetooth headphones. Work great with my iPhone. Sounds terrible with my Mac, cuts out, sounds choppy, sounds mono to me. A co-worker tells me he has the same problem. ...
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How can I remap a play-button keypress from a Bluetooth headset on OS X?

I have an LG Tone (HBS 700) Bluetooth stereo headset, and am using it with OS X Lion. The headset has a play/pause toggle button, but unlike my keyboard's play button, which will toggle play/pause ...
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Can audio go to both the speakers and a bluetooth headset simultaneously

I have a hearing impaired person in the house and want to equip her with a bluetooth headset while the rest of us listen over the speakers. I am able to connect the headset and get it to play by ...
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windows 8 tablet keyboard has no pause break key

I've got a Samsung Slate Windows 8 tablet. There is no break/pause key on the bluetooth keyboard. How can I remap those keys or is there a work around? These keys are relevant to programmers as ...
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Can I use my Linux-PC/Laptop as a Bluetooth headset for my mobile phone?

The same question exist for windows but NOT for linux. Is it possible to use my linux-laptop (which has connected a micro and a speaker per soundcard) over bluetooth as headset for my mobile phone? ...
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Playing music *from* bluetooth device *to* Mac OS? (Or Linux?)

Strange question, so bear with me. I have a bluetooth device (an Android smartphone, specifically), on which I have a lot of music. I'm wondering if there's a way to pair up the device and my Mac ...
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Permanently reject Bluetooth pairing request

There's some keyboard device that attempts to pair with my iMac about every 30 seconds. The reject button only removes it temporarily. Same with the disconnect. Discoverable is already off for the ...
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Make USB keyboard wireless

I use a keyboard that is not available in a wireless or bluetooth version, but connects to the computer via USB. Is there any way to make this keyboard wireless? In other words, is there something ...
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PC as Bluetooth speakers

I know that: There are Bluetooth speakers for my phone and for my iPod My desktop computer has Bluetooth dongle My desktop has speakers attached to it;) So, my question is: can I use my desktop PC ...
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Cambridge Silicon Radio Ltd. Bluetooth USB dongle Drivers

I need drivers for Cambridge Silicon Radio Ltd. Bluetooth USB dongle. Can you help me to find it?
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Is it possible to use an Android phone as an input device for Windows over bluetooth?

I have a htc hero and my windows 7 pc has a bluetooth dongle. Is there an app that will allow me to use my phone as a keyboard and/or mouse?
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How can I install Microsoft Bluetooth Stack on my laptop

The toshiba bluetooth stack is giving me a hard time to manage and I want to switch to Microsoft's. My netbook uses Microsoft's and I am fine with it. How can I install it on my laptop. I followed ...
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Bluetooth “Remove Failed” (Windows 8)

My Windows 8 machine does not recognize a device which is connected via BlueTooth across a USB port. Apps are reporting the presence of COM1 and COM2, no others. I disconnected and reconnected my USB ...
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Bluetooth audio missing on Windows 8

Before upgrading my laptop to Windows 8 (Professional, from MSDN, which purported to be RTM), I was able to use my computer headset as hands-free audio for my cell phone (HTC HD2, but nothing changed ...
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With a USB bluetooth adapter do the devices pair with the dongle or the computer?

For example if you are paring a mouse and a keyboard to your Mac or PC using a USB Bluetooth adapter. Do the paired devices pair to the dongle or to the computer? Could you plug that adapter into a ...
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Is there a way to turn my computer into a bluetooth keyboard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use laptop as bluetooth keyboard? Here are the facts: I have a computer (hurray!) It has a working bluetooth chipset It is running Linux (Debian) My tablet (an iPad, ...