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Mini USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter - 50m (165ft) Class 1 EDR Wireless Dongle

Add Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities to a laptop or desktop computer through USB

Product ID: USBBT1EDR4

  • Bluetooth® 4.0 LE compliant Bluetooth Smart Ready transceiver
  • Class 1 device with 50m (165ft) effective range
  • Support for Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) with data transfer rates up to 3 Mbps
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  • Low power consumption
  • Ultra-compact form factor
  • Backward compatible with Bluetooth v3.0, 2.0, 1.2 and 1.1 devices
  • Power / Linking / Standby LED indicator
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£31.19 GBP inc VAT
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Overview

The USBBT1EDR4 USB to Class 1 Mini Bluetooth® Dongle lets you add Bluetooth wireless capabilities to a laptop or desktop computer through USB, with support for transfer distances of up to 50m (165ft).

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0 LE +EDR , the USB Bluetooth adapter offers data transfer rates up to 3 Mbps and low power consumption. This Bluetooth Smart Ready transceiver is an effective way to connect to a rapidly growing list of the Bluetooth Smart peripherals on the market, including the latest Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets. Bluetooth v4.0 also integrates added security for all transfers using 128-bit AES encryption.

A conveniently portable device, this ultra-compact adapter is unobtrusive when connected to your laptop, so you won't have to remove it each time you store your laptop in a carrying case or bag. The adapter is also backward compatible with previous Bluetooth standards (v3.0, 2.0, 1.2 and 1.1) to ensure connectivity with all of your Bluetooth devices.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Connect to the latest Bluetooth devices with Bluetooth version 4.0 support
  • Communicate across distances of up to 50m (165ft) with a Bluetooth Class 1 transceiver
  • Leave the unobtrusive USB dongle connected while you travel, for maximum portability

Applications

Connect Bluetooth peripherals such as keyboard/mouse or smart phones to your computer system

Reduce cable clutter by using wireless Bluetooth devices (such as keyboard/mouse) instead of traditional wired devices

Connect peripherals wirelessly to a computer in a remote/secure location

Connect peripherals in an industrial setting where the computer can be kept away from the work areas

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 2.0
Chipset ID CSR - CSR8510A06
Industry Standards Bluetooth v4.0, v3.0, EDR
Performance
Frequency 2.402-2.48GHz ISM Band
Max Distance 50 m / 165 ft
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 3 Mbps
Modulation GFSK,p/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
MTBF 12,000 Hours
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - Bluetooth Class 1.0
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS 9.x, 10.6 to 10.13
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements Available USB port
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Power / Standby / Link
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 0~75% RH
Operating Temperature -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 8 mm [0.3 in]
Product Length 21.9 mm [0.9 in]
Product Weight 2 g [0.1 oz]
Product Width 14.4 mm [0.6 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 75 g [2.6 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB Bluetooth Adapter
1 - Driver DVD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS 9.x, 10.6 to 10.13

Certifications

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Bluetooth Class

Bluetooth classes define a Bluetooth device’s maximum power output; the higher a device’s output power, the longer the maximum range. The below table outlines the average power output and range of the four Bluetooth classes:

Class

Average power

Average range

1

100 mW

~100m

2

2.5 mW

~10 m

3

1 mW

~1 m

4

0.5 mW

~0.5 m

A device's maximum range can also depend on environmental factors, such as physical obstructions between the two Bluetooth devices.

In order to achieve the maximum range defined by a Bluetooth class, both devices must support the same class. For example, if you wish to communicate at a 100m range, both Bluetooth devices will need to be class 1 devices. If one of the devices is class 2, both devices will operate at the range of class 2.

Bluetooth Profile

Bluetooth profiles are additional protocols that that more clearly define the Bluetooth standard for very specific uses. Profiles define exactly how Bluetooth technology is used in specific situations.

Some examples of Bluetooth profiles are Serial Port Profile (SPP), Human Interface Device (HID), Hands-Free Profile (HFP), and Headset Profile (HSP).

Installation

To pair a Bluetooth device to your computer, complete the following:

Note: These instructions require that your Bluetooth device's drivers are already installed, that the Bluetooth interface is enabled, and it is in Discovery mode. For instructions on how to do so, refer to your Bluetooth device’s manual.

Windows

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Devices and Printers
  5. Click Add a device.
  6. Select your device from the list.
  7. Click Next.

Note: A pairing code may be required for your Bluetooth device.  If this is the case, a pairing code request may appear on the screen. Make sure that this code matches the code on your device and click Yes. You may also need to confirm this code on your device.

Your device should now be paired to the computer.

Mac OS X

  1. Click the Apple logo.
  2. Click System Preferences….
  3. Click Bluetooth.
  4. Select your device from the list.
  5. Click Pair.

Note: A pairing code may be required for your Bluetooth device.  If this is the case, a pairing code request may appear on the screen. Make sure that this code matches the code on your device and click Yes. You may also need to confirm this code on your device.

Your device should now be paired to the computer.

Before you install drivers and software for the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers and software from the StarTech.com website at www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the driver or software setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and software and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the installation and your device should be ready to use.

The drivers for this device are native to your version of Windows. Connect your Bluetooth device to your computer and Windows will automatically install the drivers.

If the drivers do not automatically install, or your device does not function as it should, you can install the latest drivers from StarTech.com.  To do so, refer to the following FAQ: www.startech.com/faq/bluetooth-adapters-install-windows-78.

How to

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

When you troubleshoot issues with a Bluetooth adapter, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following are not the source of the issue:

  • Operating system
  • Up to date drivers
  • Range

It’s important to make sure that the operating system that is being used with the Bluetooth adapter is supported by the device. You can be check which operating systems a device supports on the StarTech.com product page, under the Technical Specifications tab for the device.

The most up-to-date drivers and software should be used with the Bluetooth adapter. These are found on the StarTech.com website on the product page, under the Support tab.

It is important to be aware of the range of the Bluetooth adapter, and the distance to the Bluetooth device that pairing is being attempted with. The range of the adapter can also be viewed under the Technical Specifications tab for the device.

If the source of the issue has still not been found, these can be investigated:

  • Detection on system
  • Bluetooth device
  • USB port
  • Computer system
  • Bluetooth adapter

If the Bluetooth adapter is not being detected by the computer while connected to your computer, refer to the following FAQs, based on your operating system:

If you encounter issues pairing with a Bluetooth device, another device should be tested (if possible).

If the adapter is not functional in the first USB port on the first computer system that is used, additional ports and an additional computer system should be tried.

If you have a second Bluetooth adapter, you should test with it as well.

Mini USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter - 50m (165ft) Class 1 EDR Wireless Dongle

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(2 stars) Key get more than 30 feets

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I bought this 2 days ago to connect my headphones to my computer and I can't get further than 30 feets. I tought maybe it was my headphones so I tried with my phone and it's the samething. someone wrote that it was unidirectional so I tried to align the "signal" with me. Same results. I used a usb extender... tought maybe it was the issue so I removed it. same thing. I tried to put the dongle higher so it wouldn't cause interference with my computer... same result. For now, I'm a bit disapointed of the product. It says 165 feets... I know it's probably on a straight line with nothing in between... but 30 feets... well not far...
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By: Di9ital
You have to have two class 1 bluetooth devices in order to achieve the complete range.
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(5 stars) Works perfectly with my Mac Pro Tower (Mid-2012)

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I bought the Bose QC35 wireless headphones and could not connect to my older Mac Pro. Turns out the Bose QC35 required Bluetooth 4.x, and the Mac Pro has Bluetooth 2.1. So I bought this adapter and it worked like a charm. I can now connect to my iPhone 6S and switch to the Mac Pro easily.
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(5 stars) Excellent Device

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This is a very good product. The driver software is very comprehensive and reliable. A big advantage is that it supports wake up from sleep function for keyboard/mouse devices. This is the first adaptor I have come across which includes this function. So far have not found any disadvantages or problems.
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(4 stars) a few surprises

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we defined a requirement for a small computer and purchased an ASRock BeeBox n3000. this design lacks substantial punch when it comes to distance for the built-in Bluetooth. the beebox is attached to a 42" 1080p TV as the primary display. since this TV could be used with a sickbed, it was determined that a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse were desirable. the distance was beyond the capabilities of the BeeBox. I purchased this dongle specifically to handle the distance problem and it works as intended. there are a few things that have proven desirable, the driver software installs a second bluetooth control panel in the computer. this allows you to use speaker support close to the computer and keyboard and mouse further from the computer. there is also another complication. the dongle is directional. make sure you test the directionality of the dongle before fixing your installation. I can find no documentation that indicates what the radiation pattern is. this is good for personal security but not so good when you want to cover a wide area, i.e. a large back yard with a working gazebo. I hope this helps.
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(5 stars) USBBT1EDR4 is a very good product.

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Mini USB Bluetooth® 4.0 Adapter is a fantastic product! Better working range than other Bluetooth receivers/transmitters. Works great with Sony MDR-10R after checking ALL of the configuration for USBBT1EDR4. You MUST install ONLY the last version of the CSR Harmony software; if you have an older version installed, you MUST uninstall the older version first. The new version unfortunately does not include drivers for all of the older transmitters and you can't have more than one version installed at the same time. I highly recommend this product.
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