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Bluetooth 4.0 – low energy - can now be easily added to any Windows XP or later PC – regrettably not Mac yet.

It is used to share voice, audio, data, photos, and videos between paired devices at distances typically up to 10 meters – although some devices work up to 50 meters. Typical devices include headphones, speakers, mice, keyboards, and printers. Bluetooth is also used in TVs, remote controls, entertainment devices like media players and AV receivers, and more recently in heart rate monitors and health watches.

Aussie online store MobileZap is stocking the AU$16.99 Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle. 

Simply plug it in a USB port – 2.0 or 3.0 - and load the Harmony software driver.

I tested this on two PCs - Windows 7 and 8 - and had no issues - full Bluetooth capability in minutes.

Specifications

  • Class1: distance of 50 metres.
  • Support Bluetooth EDR data rate to 3Mbps
  • Supporting Bluetooth V3.0/2.1/2.0/1.1
  • LED Indication: Power on, Linking, Standby
  • System Support: Win XP or later (no Mac yet)
  • Software: Harmony 2.1
  • Support Profile: Serial Port, Object Push, File Transfer,
  • LAN Access
  • Personal Area Network
  • Audio Gateway – Headset
  • HID, Keyboard, Mouse, HCRP( Printer Cable Replacement)
  • PIM Synchronization Profile, A2DP, AVRC

And if you want to add Bluetooth to any other device read here.

 

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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