Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible; Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible)
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- Adds Bluetooth support to Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, or Linux PCs that don't already have it. Adds Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) support to Windows 8 and higher.
- Supports Bluetooth speakers, headphones, headsets, keyboards, mice, and more. Extremely compact USB adapter. Safe to leave in for laptop travel. Energy efficient.
- Automatic install through Windows Update in Windows 10 with default Bluetooth stack. Includes Broadcom Bluetooth stack for Windows 8.1, 8 and 7 (available separately for 10). Works with Raspbian and Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi.
- Does NOT add Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 4.0) capability to Windows 7 and earlier. Does NOT work in car stereo systems or TVs. Does NOT work with Mac. NOT recommended for employer-provided computers.
- Some audio devices, such as the Bose QuietComfort 35, require downloading specific drivers to function in Windows 7.
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Empower Your Computer with Bluetooth
Works with 32- and 64-bit Windows XP to Windows 10. Supports recent versions of popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora.
Bluetooth 4.0 function connects with recently released Bluetooth Low Energy devices like Fitbit fitness trackers, iBeacons, and the latest generation of mice and keyboards. (Bluetooth 4.0 not supported in Windows 7 and earlier).
Comes with legendary Plugable Customer Service. Just email us, and our Seattle-based Bluetooth experts will help you get your devices connected.
Raspberry Pi and Linux Support
Linux computers may require installation of additional software and configuration, and may not support all Bluetooth profiles. Specialized or minimal Linux computers may not have Bluetooth support built into the kernel, and may not work with the adapter without significant configuration.
Compact and Powerful
Supports the following Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, ATT, AVRCP, GAVDP, GATT, HCRP, HFP, HID, HID over GATT, OPP, PAN, SPP, and more. Support for some profiles may be limited by your computer's internal Bluetooth software.
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A: Yes! And as long as you have an internet connection, you don't have to install any drivers. Just plug in the adapter and it should work.
Q: Will this work with my TV or my car stereo system?
A: Sorry, this device will only work when plugged into supported Windows or Linux computers, including Raspberry Pi with Raspian. Even though TVs and stereos have USB ports, they don't have the necessary drivers to support this adapter. If your car stereo takes a similar-looking Bluetooth dongle, you'll have to buy that exact adapter from the stereo maker or car dealer.
Q: Will this work with Mac OS X system?
A: Unfortunately, no. All recent Mac computers are designed to work with their built-in adapters, and won't work with this one.
Q: Can I use this together with my Windows computer's built-in adapter?
A: No. Windows can only support one Bluetooth adapter at a time. If you have used another adapter on the computer all drivers for it must be removed before plugging in this adapter. Any internal adapters must be disabled. We can help with this.
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Top customer reviews
It just sits in one of the USB ports on the front of my PC and does its job flawlessly.
I looked at reviews of a number of USB Bluetooth devices before choosing this one and I have not regretted my decision.
I use it for gaming and listening to music and it does both jobs without fault.
Please be aware Bluetooth is NOT designed to work over long distances, so you need to be within a reasonable distance and the signal not blocked (hence the reason I use it in a USB port on the front of my PC).
Other than that, connected easily (I'm using Bose QuietComfort35), good range, no interruptions, good sound quality.
Windows 10 laptop: I plugged in this device, gave it a couple of minutes to automatically do its thing and configure itself. The icons etc all appeared straight off, so I clicked it, paired to the Bose box opened the media player, selected a playlist and enjoyed an afternoon of music!
I did find myself taking the laptop for a walk around the house to see how far it will transmit, and reached the far corner of the upstairs bathroom before it started losing signal, so great performance there too.
Easy peasy, it installed itself (Windows 10 laptop as I said), and works brilliantly. Many thanks!
Q: If USB 3.0 is newer and faster, why does Plugable recommend using a USB 2.0 port instead of a USB 3.0 port with the adapter?
A: Because the maximum throughput of Bluetooth is much slower than even a USB 2.0 port, the higher speed of the USB 3.0 port (now known as USB 3.1 Gen 1) offers no advantage. Also, the adapter itself is a USB 2.0 device. Meanwhile, there is a critical flaw in the design of USB 3.0. Many USB 3.0 ports leak radio frequency interference in the 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz range, which is the same radio band used by Bluetooth and Wifi. While this interference can be reduced through heavy shielding, it cannot be entirely avoided. USB 2.0 ports do not have this issue. However, a USB 2.0 port that is in close proximity to an in-use USB 3.0 port may also be affected by radio noise leaked by it.
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Works great on Linux (Fedora 25, 4.11.6-201.fc25.x86_64) after installing the firmware (BCM20702A1-0a5c-21e8.hcd) you can find very easily on the seller's website.Read more
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