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)

August 26, 2016 - Comment

Designed for maximum compatibility, small size, and low power, this Plugable adapter upgrades Windows and Linux PCs with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 support. The adapter is a compact USB Class 2 Low Energy Bluetooth Adapter with LED. It works with other Bluetooth devices within approximately 10m (30 foot) radius, depending on environmental factors, with transfer

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Designed for maximum compatibility, small size, and low power, this Plugable adapter upgrades Windows and Linux PCs with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 support.

The adapter is a compact USB Class 2 Low Energy Bluetooth Adapter with LED. It works with other Bluetooth devices within approximately 10m (30 foot) radius, depending on environmental factors, with transfer rates up to 3 Mbps. The adapter offers the market leading Broadcom BCM20702 chipset and backwards compatibility with classic Bluetooth (1.x and 2.x) devices. It offers the option of the Broadcom (WIDCOMM) software driver stack, for cases when the built-in Windows drivers do not provide all desired Bluetooth functionality.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (with included Broadcom drivers)
Windows 8 – 10 (with built-in drivers; Broadcom drivers not needed for most common profiles)
Linux kernels 3.0.34 and higher, with open source stack (may have limited functionality vs Windows, some Linux distributions need additional manual configuration)

Does NOT support MAC OS X or ARM-based Windows RT computers.

Does NOT support adding Bluetooth functionality to home theater or automotive systems.

Supported Bluetooth Devices

Wireless Bluetooth keyboards, mice, headsets, speakers, printers, modems, serial devices, phones, and more

Supported Bluetooth Profiles

A2DP, ATT, AVRCP, GAVDP, GATT, HCRP, HFP, HID, HID over GATT, OPP, PAN, SPP, and more (Note: Some profiles may require installation of included Broadcom Bluetooth driver stack or built-in Windows 8 – 10 stack)

Product Features

  • 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 and headsets, keyboards, mice, and more. Extremely compact USB adapter. Safe to leave in for laptop travel. Low power.
  • Uses the built-in Windows Bluetooth software in Windows 10. Inculdes Broadcom Bluetooth drivers for Windows 8.1, 8 and 7. 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.
  • We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.

Comments

JT says:

Great with Linux Worked like a charm…installed instantly on an Ubuntu machine…connects quickly and never drops the signal. Good range, too. Get it.

WorknMan says:

It works, but it’s not always pretty I once got a MediaLink bluetooth adapter to work for a friend (the same one that currently has 850+ reviews on Amazon), but I really wasn’t a fan of the Broadcom driver software, as it produced a BSOD on installation, and then took hours to get working. So when I decided to get a bluetooth adapter for myself, I went with this one instead. To my dismay, it appears to use the same Broadcom chipset and software as the MediaLink adapter. 

D. Goolsby says:

Seems to work fine, had to wrestle with Windows So I plugged the unit into a Dell laptop running Windows 7. I went to the vendor’s website and downloaded the software. Tried installing it, but ran into an issue where I was getting told it couldn’t start the Windows BT stack. Tried restarting and running the installer as an admin, same issue. 

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