Which Bluetooth USB dongle

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Which Bluetooth USB dongle

Postby srouil » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:41 pm


I want to communicate between my PC and NXT brick using Bluetooth. As far I undertand it, I must get a bluetooth device that runs the widcomm stack to be able to use bluecove on Windows.

I have found a this dongle http://www.dlink.com.sg/products/dlhome ... c=&pid=386. Driver is from widcomm. However it is a BT 1.2 device and Brian Bagnall's book states that it has to be BT 2.0 or higher.

Do you think that this device will do the job?


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Postby enzomango » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:19 am

I use the MSI Star Key 2.0 and it works great on Window XP and Vista.
http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_sp ... &class=com
I think I bought it for under $25 from newegg

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Postby gloomyandy » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:11 am

There are also three classes of Bluetooth dongle (called rather imaginatively class 1, 2 and 3!). They all have different powers and ranges, class 1 devices have the longest range, class 2 devices are the most common (the nxt is class 2). Using a class 1 device with a class 2 device will also often extend the range of the class 2 device (the class 1 devices tend to have a more sensitive receiver and better noise rejection). The class 1 devices tend to cost a little more. I've found that the belkin dongles work pretty well on both Vista and XP. I use the longer range F8T012-1 version. This device uses the Broadcom/Widdcom Bluetooth stack and you may need to get an updated driver from here http://www.broadcom.com/products/bluetooth_update.php


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