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Anyone using bluetooth adapters other than dlink?
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LeeG
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Mar 29, 2003, 07:19 PM
 
Just ordered a T68i (so psyched), and of course I need a blue tooth adapter for my G4 now. Do I need to buy the Apple Store Dlink? or is any USB adapter ok?

I saw one on amazon or buy.com that was not dlink, and someone claimed it worked with his mac.

Also, does it need to be in the mac (or the keyboard) or can you plug it into a hub???

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Mar 30, 2003, 04:21 AM
 
It seems like pretty much all the USB dongles work (they are probably all the same internally.) I am using a couple of Belkins that I got at CompUSA and they work fine plugged into the keyboard or into a hub.
     
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Mar 30, 2003, 04:42 AM
 
I heard the Sony one is da bomb.
     
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Mar 31, 2003, 07:55 AM
 
Originally posted by LeeG:
Do I need to buy the Apple Store Dlink? or is any USB adapter ok?
No, in fact any USB adapter would work (as far as I understand). I used a "Mitsumi" Made in Japan one with no problem!

D-link had another USB adapter model which is not the one Apple promotes, and I emailed D-link and ask what are the differences between the two models. They said the only difference is their other model does support both PC and Mac.

Therefore, there's no need to buy the expensive D-link model from the Apple store.

Originally posted by LeeG:

Also, does it need to be in the mac (or the keyboard) or can you plug it into a hub???

Lee
I think you can plug it into the hub without problem, as long as other peripherals in your hub doesn't eat up all the bandwidth, and your hub have enough power to power everything on the hub.
     
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Mar 31, 2003, 12:00 PM
 
Any adapter will work, I use a cheap one. Looks nicer than the DLink one and it was half the price
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Mar 31, 2003, 03:05 PM
 
Another user of the Belkin here. It was cheap, but it's huge. Plugged into a hub.
     
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Oct 24, 2004, 07:33 AM
 
Will the Linksys USBBT100 work? This one is interesting, since the people at Popular mechanics have published instructions to super boost it.
     
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Oct 24, 2004, 07:02 PM
 
The majority of the USB Bluetooth Adapters out on the market are based on either the Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) or Broadcom chipsets. The first few revisions of the D-Link adapter were Broadcom based, while the newer revisions are CSR based.

That said, USB Adapters using these chipsets should work with OS X. The following link will bring you to a list of Linux compatible adapters, but is handy for all users, because it reveals the chipset for many adapters: http://www.holtmann.org/linux/bluetooth/devices.html
     
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Oct 25, 2004, 11:00 AM
 
I use an Ambicom here with my iMac and the T637 and Tungsten T. Works like a charm!
     
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Oct 25, 2004, 05:17 PM
 
Wow, way to resurrect!

For anyone who cares, I was using a belkin dongle, plugged into the keyboard and it worked great.

Now I use my seimens s56 with the built-in BT on my 12"-


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Oct 26, 2004, 11:44 AM
 
Originally posted by Peter:
Any adapter will work, I use a cheap one. Looks nicer than the DLink one and it was half the price
This isn't entirely true. The first 3rd party USB bluetooth dongle I bought wouldn't work with OS X. Worked fine (well, it worked anyway!) in windoze but OS X refused to recognise the broadcomm chipset in it. I then bought another random 3rd party dongle which uses the "standard" CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) chipset and it works beautifully.

One thing to note though, if you get the DLink one, you'll be able to use a bluetooth headset with your Mac as headphone/microphone. My 3rd party dongle doesn't support it.
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Oct 26, 2004, 03:57 PM
 
I use the Belkin "Bluetooth USB Adapter, 100 meter" (F8T001) on the iMac at home... I've successfully used it for OBEX, Address Book, and Salling Clicker with both a SE T616 and a Nokia 6600. It's great being able to control iTunes on the computer in the den (which plays through the stereo in the living room) from almost anywhere in the house.
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