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Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Windows 8 and Linux Compatible; Classic Bluetooth Compatible)

by Plugable Technologies
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
Price: £12.12 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Upgrades Bluetooth® support for Windows® 8, 7, Visa, XP or Linux PCs
  • Extremely compact USB adapter. Safe to leave in for laptop travel. Low power.
  • Supports Bluetooth keyboards, mice, headsets, and more (with Microsoft® built-in drivers)
  • Supports Bluetooth stereo headsets and more with Windows 8 or included Broadcom® drivers
  • Specifically works with Microsoft's new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy support in Windows 8®
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Technical Details
BrandPlugable Technologies
Item Weight14 g
Product Dimensions1.9 x 1.3 x 0.6 cm
Item model numberUSB-BT4LE
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 1,355 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight59 g
Date First Available1 Nov 2012
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Product Description

Designed for maximum compatibility, small size, and low power, this Plugable adapter upgrades Windows and Linux PCs with the latest Bluetooth® 4.0 support.

The adapter is a compact USB Class 2 Low Energy Bluetooth Adapter with LED. It works with other Bluetooth devices within approximately 10m (30 foot) radius, depending on environmental factors, with transfer rates up to 3 Mbps. The adapter offers the market leading Broadcom BCM20702 chipset and backwards compatibility with classic Bluetooth (1.x and 2.x) devices. It offers the option of the Broadcom® (WIDCOMM) software driver stack, for cases when the built-in Windows drivers do not provide all desired Bluetooth functionality.

Supported Operating Systems

* Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (with included Broadcom drivers)
* Windows 8 (with built-in drivers; Broadcom drivers not needed for most common profiles)
* Linux kernels 3.0.34 and higher, with open source stack (may have limited functionality vs Windows)

Supported Devices

Wireless Bluetooth keyboards, mice, headsets, speakers, printers, modems, serial devices, phones, and more.

Supported Bluetooth Profiles

A2DP, ATT, AVRCP, GAVDP, GATT, HCRP, HFP, HID, HID over GATT, OPP, PAN, SPP, and more (Note: Some profiles may require installation of included Broadcom Bluetooth or built-in Windows 8 stack)

In the box

Bluetooth Micro Adapter with LED (BCM20702 chipset), Broadcom driver installation CD, Quick Start Guide

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Linux compatible... but only just 11 April 2013
By FSHero
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I bought this product specifically because I needed GNU/Linux compatibility, but I was not happy with what I found. I have since returned the product (thanks Amazon.co.uk), so the following has been written in retrospect in order to inform others.

I use Kubuntu Linux 12.04 amd64 running the 3.2.0-38 kernel. When the adapter is plugged in, it enabled me to transfer files between my phone and my PC 'out-of-the-box' with no further configuration. However I was not able to use any advanced Bluetooth features such as sharing my phone's internet connection with my PC.

In Windows XP, all the functions are available. (However I had to install the adapter's own Bluetooth management programme as well as the drivers; it does not use Windows XP's own Bluetooth management options, which is a shame.)

Further inspection of the problem revealed that this Bluetooth adapter is based on a Broadcom chipset. The device ID:vendor ID is 0a5c:21e8. I noticed in the output of dmesg that the device required firmware:
[ 16.069102] Bluetooth: can't load firmware, may not work correctly

A quick search led me to this Launchpad page:

It elaborates that some users are having difficulty in uploading firmware to newer Broadcom devices. This was my experience too. Perhaps newer kernels are able to successfully upload the firmware, but I was not on my version (see earlier).

During my attempts to upload firmware, I figured out (by browsing through one of the .INF files that Windows uses to install the driver) that the required firmware file's name is:
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relatively inexpensive and it works! 29 Jan 2013
A family member recently bought a new all-in-one PC believing that it supported Bluetooth. Some of the range apparently do, but not the specific model purchased and several others even lower in their specs and pricing.

This adds that function and in a small, and largely forgettable once installed, adapter. Although partly plug-and-play, it will install the Microsoft Bluetooth stack and Bluetooth driver but not the Broadcomm driver sometimes needed for audio use with speakers, headphones and some other devices. It does however come with a CD that allows installation of the missing drivers. However, as the PC runs Windows 8, the AutoStart function appears not to work and you will need to run the setup program manually via a file browser. There should not be an issue with prior versions of Windows. The CD also supports Linux for those who use that system.

As this device supports Bluetooth 4.0, it is a better option than some of the cheaper offerings which support only Bluetooth 1.0 or 2.0.


POSTSCRIPT @ 23-05-2013

This device appears to conflict with Logitech's Unifying Adapter which is used for many of their mice, keyboards, touchpads etc and is therefore commonly employed. As the consequence is erratic cursor or keyboard behaviour, it may therefore be necessary to disconnect whichever of the two is least essential at any one time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorted! 22 Nov 2012
By trish
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Even after installing a new driver, I couldn't get a dongle to work with W8. After great communication with plugable support..decided to give this adapter a go. Worked first time! happy bunny ^_^ ..buy with confidence! :) x
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips for Windows XP installation 28 Jun 2013
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I have two of these - one in use with a Sony Vaio running Windows 7 and the other with a Samsung Netbook running Windows XP. The first one - in use with the Vaio - installed easily first time and performed exactly as expected; the second one - in use with the Samsung - was a lot more difficult to get working!

My Samsung Netbook does not have an optical drive so I had hoped to get the dongle working with some Windows drivers and the custom software downloaded from the net - no chance! I am fairly computer-literate but after an hour or so of trying to get the wretched thing working I was about to send it back to Amazon as a failure.

However - I persevered and eventually got it up and running so here are my tips for XP users. Firstly, don't bother with the Installation Wizard that pops up when the dongle is inserted - close it and forget it. Then forget the custom software download from the web - it just doesn't recognise its own dongle and Windows may try to block the download anyway. Don't hunt for Bluetooth drivers in Windows Update - there aren't any that work.

The only way I could get this dongle working with XP was by installing the software from the provided CD - so if you are planning on installing it on a Netbook you will need to own or be able to borrow a USB optical drive. Then try this: insert the dongle into a USB socket and close the Installation Wizard when it pops up - ignore any error messages. Insert the CD into the optical drive and run it - follow the onscreen instructions until the software has loaded then reboot your computer. A final option box should then appear - choose your options and the Bluetooth should then be working OK - mine did!

Once its working this is a good device so I will give it five stars for that, and running under Windows 7 is a doddle. It has also given my old Netbook a new lease of life - eventually! Good luck!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Best one ive used so far.
Does the job incredibly well. Comes with the drivers that you need to actually install it and the black part of the USB lights up blue, which goes very nicely with my blue LED... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gerard Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars ... on many machines - only on some after a great deal of...
cannot get it to work on many machines - only on some after a great deal of "configuring"
Published 1 day ago by Ad Minister
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Used to connect laptop to portable sound system. Hardware installed fine onto my Toshiba laptop and bluetooth is easily detected whenever I need it. Great!
Published 7 days ago by Diversify
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable performance and functionality on Windows and Linux. Very...
Good driverless (well, built-in drivers) operation on Windows 7, 8 and Linux (Kernel 3.x). Without the bundled on-CD drivers from Plugable, functionality is relatively basic but... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Have you seen the Jack-in-the-Green?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works perfectly for me on both Windows and Linux. No additional drivers were necessary on Linux.
Published 9 days ago by Denys Rtveliashvili
5.0 out of 5 stars It works and works well and they have excellent customer service.
I bought one of the really cheap ones costing £1 and realised I needed to spend more to get it to work. Read more
Published 14 days ago by JugglingJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plug and play - as it should be...
...but often isn't with these things - especially the poundland versions.
Bought two of these to add Bluetooth capability to desktops and both (one with XP and one with Vista)... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Steve C
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great with Windows 8
I recently acquired a logitec Bluetooth mouse, without it's usb adapter. This little device sorted the problem just by plugging in and waiting for the drivers to finish installing. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mr. G. Brammah
5.0 out of 5 stars Plugable Technologies
I bought it mainly to connect to my headset and was quite surprised to find that it would also connect my iphone, which previous ones would not.
Published 1 month ago by telstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality
Great little usb bluetooth adaptor that works well. Also worth noting a very good back up service and care from Plugable technologies who responded very quickly when I had a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jda
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