Bluetooth Dongles - Will the all work as well as D-Link?

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  1. FunBoy50 macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I'm looking for some quick advise before i buy a bluetooth dongle for my PowerMac.

    On the Apple site it has the D-Link dongle, going for £35.

    3 seconds on Google reveals a variety of other bluetooth dongles for around £15, such as http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/product/1412.htm

    Will any bluetooth dongle work with iSync and have full mac integration, or is the D-Link one the only supported option?

    Any advice would be great!

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. rdowns Suspended

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    As I recall, there were a lot of problems with non D-Link adapters. I have used the D-Link on an old iMac and my iBook and it works like a charm.
     
  3. Porco macrumors 68020

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    I've had no probs with a couple of belkin bluetooth dongles... stated as for OS X 10.3+ try amazon.co.uk, search for belkin bluetooth for a few options. From £6.49 it's worth a punt, eh?
     
  4. The General macrumors 601

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    As far as I know, there are only two bluetooth chipsets, and they are both supported by Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, so any bluetooth dongle will work with any OS.:)
     
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I'd recommend sticking with D-Link, but Apple overcharges a little. You *should* be able to find it for at least £5 less (I know in the US you can easily get it $10 cheaper than Apple's price).

    However, a generic adapter *should* work. It just might not work very well. They're cheap for a reason!
     
  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I have two bluetooth dongles. One is a D-Link (on my Power Mac at work) and the other is a generic one (on my Power Mac at home). The D-Link never fails. It works 100% of the time and is the only dongle that will allow BT peripherals to wake the computer from sleep, as you have to "flash" it to become Mac-only. The generic one works well, but sometimes I need to unplug and plug it back in to get it to be recognized. It just gets "lost" sometimes for some reason. In addition, I cannot use this generic one to wake up the computer.
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Never had any problems with my Billionton dongle...

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    ...cheapest Bluetooth adapter I could find and it worked nicely with my iBook, and I've also lend it to a few people with other Macs, and it worked nicely with those, too...
     
  8. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I've never had any problems with my Belkin Dongle – worked straight out of the box and performs fine with our BT keyboard and phones.
     
  9. cschreppel macrumors regular

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    A buddy of mine uses the D-Link one with his TiBook for his Apple Mouse and Keyboard...works like a charm.

    Have you guys had any problems having the dongle plugged in via a USB hub?
     
  10. mpw Guest

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    My D-Link and Belkin used to work fine from a hub but I found the D-Link needed to be plugged directly to my iBook to pair and my MS dongle would never work from a non-powered hub and was the worst of the lot in general.

    The Belkin was the best as the D-Link while tiny fell apart.
     
  11. cschreppel macrumors regular

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    Hmm, just what I thought. Good to know. I've got built in Bluetooth now, but it's definitely nice to know that in case my parents (who have my old TiBook) want to go wireless.
     

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