I am working a project that transmits data over Bluetooth SPP and would like to use Mac OS X "Mavericks" as an interface. I have read that certain options in the Bluetooth Menu in System Preferences have been removed which may prohibit this from being possible.

Is there anyway ("maybe virtual machine of a Linux variant") that will allow this to work?

  • Resolved issue. Paired device with Bluetooth menu. Checked /dev/ for specific tty listing. "screen" connection ensures that the device stays connected. – Alejandro Escobar Feb 12 '14 at 7:00
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  • @AlejandroEscobar I don't think you're around here anymore, but if you can further explain how you got this working, that'd be great :) – mgarciaisaia May 27 '15 at 3:51

See related post on Ask Different: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/169437/bluetooth-spp-support-in-os-x-yosemite

I was able to pair a bluetooth serial port via the preferences panel (using the paring wizard from the menu extra should also work):

Apple Menu > System Preferences... > Bluetooth

My adapter was discoverable, failed auto-pairing, but I was able to pair with the pin code provided in the online documentation. The system automatically created a serial port:

alf@my-mac:~ ls -l /dev/tty.*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   18,   6 Aug 12 15:09 /dev/tty.HC-06-DevB

Screen will open this port, but I don't have the correct baud rate just yet:

screen /dev/tty.HC-06-DevB 9600

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