IDWedgeBT Bluetooth USB Dongle – Adding Keyboards to Computers Without Bluetooth

There are two options when trying to connecting IDWedgeBT as a keyboard to a computer that does NOT have built-in Bluetooth support

1.) Load the USB Keyboard firmware into IDWedgeBT – this turns IDWedgeBT into a standard USB keyboard and plugs into the USB port of any computer that can recognize a USB keyboard.

2.) Add a Bluetooth Adapter to the computer.

This post deals with the requirements of the Bluetooth Adapter.

The Bluetooth device must be version 2.1 or higher – For wireless interfaces, Bluetooth v2.1 or higher for HID keyboard interface.  Since Bluetooth v2.1 came out (2007), most smartphones / tablets have more advanced versions.  For laptops / desktops without Bluetooth, a USB Bluetooth dongle works as long as it supports version 2.1 or higher.

Here are some bluetooth adapters available on Amazon.

For details on how to connect the IDWedgeBT to the computer, here is a Post on connecting IDWedgeBT to Win 7 laptop  and here is a post on connecting IDWedgeBT to an Apple Macbook Pro

Here is a link on connecting IDWedgeBT as a wired USB keyboard to a Mac computer

Here is a post showing IDWedgeBT used a a wired keyboard on an iPad

Here is a post showing IDWedgeBT  paired with an Ipad and with a bluetooth keyboard

 

Finally, here is an example of a device that does NOT work with IDWedgeBT.
(DO NOT PURCHASE this DEVICE) http://www.amazon.com/PPA-Intl-USB-Bluetooth-Dongle/dp/B00305YGFW   (DO NOT PURCHASE this DEVICE)
It does NOT support Bluetooth 2.1 and will not pair with IDWedgeBT.

IDWedgeBT requires Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR  (From Wikipedia)

Bluetooth Core Specification Version 2.1 + EDR was adopted by the Bluetooth SIG on 26 July 2007.

The headline feature of 2.1 is secure simple pairing (SSP): this improves the pairing experience for Bluetooth devices, while increasing the use and strength of security.   2.1 allows various other improvements, including “Extended inquiry response” (EIR), which provides more information during the inquiry procedure to allow better filtering of devices before connection; and sniff subrating, which reduces the power consumption in low-power mode.

 

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