Wiimote Project

Hardware Support => Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center => Topic started by: Jah on May 10, 2009, 12:51:12 PM

Title: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Jah on May 10, 2009, 12:51:12 PM
I'm asking for recommendations on which USB bluetooth adapter I should buy.

I know there are many, such as on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=usb+bluetooth+adapter

But....I am looking for personal verification on a specific usb bluetooth adapter that will work FOR SURE.  I have purchased USB bluetooth adapters in the past....did everything I could to get it to work, and no luck.


I am a teacher with a projector in my classroom and would LOVE to make it an interactive whiteboard.

Therefore, I am looking for a USB bluetooth adapter that will easily get me up and running.  Please post links with any recommendations.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: EdvardShadows on May 10, 2009, 01:08:04 PM
Hi Jah,

After searching a little bit, i saw a lot of people recommending the TRENDnet Advanced Bluetooth Adapter TBW-104UB, the only problem is that its a little expensive;

(http://i.expansys.com/i/l/l147215.jpg)

Im using a "Micro Bluetooth Dongle" from China, its very cheap, but i dont recommend it because was very difficult to make it work. But if you wanna try, its look like this:

(http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu186/duducezarini/BTdongle.jpg)

It work booth on Linux (i already tested it by myself on Ubuntu 9.04) and Windows (read this: http://www.wiimoteproject.com/bluetooth-and-connectivity-help-center/micro-bluetooth-dongle/ (http://www.wiimoteproject.com/bluetooth-and-connectivity-help-center/micro-bluetooth-dongle/) )

Cheers my friend  :D
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: mystre on May 10, 2009, 07:45:11 PM
Just to be fair - I've used the Micro for several installations (4 XPs and on my Vista Machines) and have always had it work nicely.  Whenever I set one up I first use the procedures found here

http://www.shootingsoftware.com/Widcomm.htm



Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Davo on May 11, 2009, 05:30:55 AM
Hi, we at 3Pi have settled on a dongle after testing various models.
It is easy to install (plug and play with XP and Vista - works with Mac too).
Have a look at www.3pinteract.co.nz

Regards
Dave
3P Interact Ltd

(The micro dongle pictured proved difficult to install for some users and we wouldn't recommend it either.)

Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: jmitchell on May 11, 2009, 08:32:12 AM
Penteractive.us (http://Penteractive.us) sells a Micro Bluetooth Adapter and if there was never any other bluetooth software installed on the computer, XP installs it perfectly using the Silicon Wave drivers.

(http://penteractive.us/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/bluetooth.jpg)

We've sold hundreds of these with little difficulty. They also work in Linux (Ubuntu 8.04+).
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Jah on May 13, 2009, 06:57:07 PM
Penteractive.us (http://Penteractive.us) sells a Micro Bluetooth Adapter and if there was never any other bluetooth software installed on the computer, XP installs it perfectly using the Silicon Wave drivers.

(http://penteractive.us/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/bluetooth.jpg)

We've sold hundreds of these with little difficulty. They also work in Linux (Ubuntu 8.04+).

WOW! great site!  So to get this mini usb bluetooth adapter to connect to my wii remote, I just plug it into the computer....windows plug and play locates the correct drivers for me...I install them and then my wii remote will connect to my computer?....
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: jmitchell on May 13, 2009, 08:07:49 PM
If you have not had any other BT stack installed on your system, windows will do just as you said. I would recommend using WiimoteConnect - http://www.wiimoteproject.com/bluetooth-and-connectivity-knowledge-center/wiimoteconnect-0-6-(support-for-autoconnect)/ (http://www.wiimoteproject.com/bluetooth-and-connectivity-knowledge-center/wiimoteconnect-0-6-(support-for-autoconnect)/) to connect your wiimote. It's very nice and convenient.

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Jah on May 18, 2009, 08:28:11 PM
I submitted my order today.  How long would you guess it would take to get from TN to Michigan?  I chose the cheapest shipping option...

Anyways, I'll keep you posted on my progress...
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: mystre on May 18, 2009, 08:55:20 PM
I'm outside of Flint in Flushing, and orders from Penteractive arrive in 2 or 3 days.

Good Luck

Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Jah on May 19, 2009, 05:20:40 PM
Oh yea?  I'm in Davison (east of Flint).....Small world...  The micro adapter you were talking about...did you get that from Penteractive ?
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: mystre on May 19, 2009, 08:28:58 PM
Yup, got it from Penteractive.  I teach K-6 computers over in Owosso, I've helped a few other teachers in my district setup so far.  I've used IOgear bluetooth USBs from Walmart but all my recent ones have been with the micro.
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Jah on June 05, 2009, 11:08:59 PM
Works great!  I am making a user write up guide.  I didnt even use the wiimote connect program.  I plan to post the guide next weekend.
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: benpaddlejones on June 06, 2009, 04:45:33 AM
Jah
Save you reinventing the wheel: http://www.boonjin.com/smoothboard/index.php?title=Connecting_the_Wiimote_to_a_XP/Vista/Mac_Bootcamp_Microsoft_Bluetooth_stack let me know if anything you think worth adding.

benpaddlejones :)
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: mystre on June 06, 2009, 02:25:05 PM
Glad it worked for you.  I  was in Davison Friday at one of the elementary schools showing them the whiteboard.
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: Jah on June 11, 2009, 04:47:24 PM
Now I am looking for good software programs to run with this technology.

When playing around with it, I've just been using MS Paint, which is ok...but a little difficult for students to read because my handwriting looks like that of a 5 year old.  Is there better programs out there that I can use?  If so, any and all information on them would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Looking for a Good USB Bluetooth adapter
Post by: mystre on June 11, 2009, 04:56:23 PM
Linktivity in the download section works great.  With linktivity you can write over .ppt's.

ClassroomPresenter from Washington Edu (i think) is nice, and Promethian offers offers a personal free edition of their IWB software (but its huge).  I like to use Prezi.

Many websites work great.

Dale