What is a Bluetooth Adapter

- May 04, 2017-

What is a Bluetooth Adapter


Bluetooth is the brand name of a communications technology designed for short range use, connecting electronic devices without the use of wires or cables. The actual Bluetooth adapter can be built into an electronic product, or purchased separately. A stand-alone Bluetooth adapter is a USB key that has the hardware and software necessary to communicate with other Bluetooth devices.

Bluetooth technology was created to act as a universally accepted platform for interconnection of wireless devices. Each Bluetooth adapter must meet a very specific criterion for use of the name. Bluetooth technology allows any device to connect to any other device, regardless of the product manufacture.

Using Bluetooth, each device can communicate with up to 7 other devices simultaneously, using short range, piconets or ad hoc networks. Every Bluetooth® adapter can be a member of more than one piconets, with the ad hoc networks themselves being automatically created, based on the proximity to other devices.

Bluetooth communication is based on the utilization of the ISM (industrial, scientific, medical) band 2.4 to 2.485 GHz with a spread spectrum. The technology is designed to automatically hop frequencies, using full duplex signals at a 1600 hops/sec nominal rate.

The hopping capacity was created to deal with interference with wireless or Wi-Fi signals. A Bluetooth adapter uses a set logic to evaluate all the signal frequencies in use within the local range and select an unused frequency. The hoping setting allows the tool to ensure a high quality and secure connection by frequent signal switching as needed.

Bluetooth is only useful if you have more than one device that is Bluetooth compatible. The advantage is in the connecting and communication technology between devices. To test the connectivity available with a Bluetooth adapter, check your electronic devices to determine which ones have a built in Bluetooth adapter, or purchase a stand-alone version from your local electronic store.

Plug the Bluetooth adapter into the USB slot on your laptop or desktop computer. Have another Bluetooth device nearby and turned on. Go to the Bluetooth section of each device and turn on the "connection" or "discover" mode.

The two devices will locate each other. They will ask for a "pairing key" to allow the connection to be secure. Look in your owners manual for this 4-6 digit code. Enter the pairing key and wait for the message "pairing successful." Congratulations! You have now activated a Bluetooth connection.

When pairing a Bluetooth adapter, remember that these devices are not programmed to use the same channel for communications, clock and hopping sequence. This technology is what allows the communication to remain secure. Paired devices hop to the next channel together. The first pairing is referred to as the master of the piconet and all the connecting devices are slaves.

Bluetooth communication devices transmit data at 3 Mbps with version 2.0 + EDR (enhanced data rate) devices and 1 Mbps using version 1.2. EDR increases the number of possible connections and the support with increased processing and lower power utilization.

Bluetooth itself is not one company, but an association of electronic manufactures who came together to create the technical specifications for a common communication method between devices, create and manage the brand and increase the utilization within consumer products.

The actual name is taken from the 10th century Danish king names King Harold Bluetooth. He was a critical factor in joining the warring factions of Norway, Sweden and Denmark into their current form. The same concept was used to inspire the different industry leaders to collaborate for the greater benefit.

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