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Bluetooth 4.0 on Windows 10 / 8.1


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#1 zipptide385

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:25 AM

So not much deal is made of Bluetooth these days  . Its seems more as a legacy connection here in Windows land than anything  ,while the Apple boys get Continuity.  Obviously mimicking Continuity isnt easy here in either.

    First Windows Modern UI runs rough shot over Bluetooth giving you nothing more than a on/off switch , for headphones /headset or the like.

    Second the software and to a lesser extent hardware seems all over the place The software drivers aren't to bad ,But  finding an usable Setup,/Suite or  anything but the on/off switch that  Windows gives you is harder.

 

Mainly it seems you have two Bluetooth camps Broadcom and Realtek there's also Intel but i think it uses Realtek's hardware.There are of course third party Bluetooth USB dongles in, which can give you a easier or harder time depending on the hardware. The best of  this imho has to be io gears gbu521 with/ Broadcom setup. The Broadcom setup just installs your not kicked back to the OEM,s to fish through service packs.

 

Basically the goal is Bluetooth Device Control

 

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Windows 10  Broadcom Bluetooth /

 

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Basically the only way to Bluetooth Device Control  is through Device and Printers .Every other way will take you to  the Modern UI

 

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 Windows 7 with IO Gear's Bluetooth usb/ Broadcom Setup.

 

Here's a link to IO Broadcom Suite http://iogear.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2490

 

Here's a better How To over

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I have bad luck with Broadcom's own setup usually sends me back to the OEM

 

Broadcom https://www.broadcom.com/support/?gid=2

 

Btw i do have an Intel card so ill add that later. The much hyped intel dual band 7260 ac w /bluetooth

 



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Posted 18 September 2015 - 09:17 PM

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Headset batt support under Windows  10 

 

There seems to still be no good work around for the crappy CSR /Cambridge Silicon Radio  Bluetooth dongles ie eBay Bluetooth dongles 

 

Did some looking and found a good write up  on the CSR dongles HERE   and  HERE and HERE

 

 






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