Canon Bluetooth adapter?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by SJK123, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. SJK123 macrumors member

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    I just picked up a Canon mp500 printer. It is Bluetooth enabled. Canon has a Bluetooth adapter (extra purchase) that plugs into the USB port. Is there any reason why a non-Canon Bluetooth adapter won’t work? (i.e. lynksys)
     
  2. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    not for sure, however, my guess is canon has it rigged so it will only accept canon bluetooth. in other words, they sell more stuff that way. there might be a way around it, but it probably not worth the effort.
     
  3. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

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    I got the mp450 and had the same problem..posetd it in another subforum and didn't get much help unfortunatly.. google doesn't offer much either.. :(
     
  4. SJK123 thread starter macrumors member

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    had? Did you try a non-Canon brand bluetooth adapter, and if so did it work? I called linksys and they said it should work but the guy did not seem to be very knowlegable.
     
  5. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

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    No no, i have the canon mp450 and inquired about the bluetooth adapter..here is what the folks at canon told me. Basically the adapter doesn't make the printer have bluetooth, because the printer already has bluetooth built in.. but it activates it or something..

    so from my understanding it works this way.. the printer has bluetooth built in already, but it doesn't get "turned on" w.o. the canon adapter.. a lousy way to make $80 :(
     
  6. SJK123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info but that doesn’t make sense to me. I thought Bluetooth was just the format of transferring information and the USB is the port. What would be the difference if the information is provided to the printer via a USB cable or a USB wireless adapter? Isn’t it still the same information and isn’t Bluetooth a universal format?

    FYI for all those who are unsure about the my above question. I purchased a generic ($40) Bluetooth USB 2.0 Adapter, pluged it into my Canon MP500 and it worked fine.

    Below is the link to what I purchased.
    http://us.kensington.com/html/9403.html
     
  7. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

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    Woah, sweet!
    I think the canon guy might have been trying to trick me into buying there adapter for $80 or whatever..glad this works... :D

    I do have a question though, this adapter works fine even though it states designed for windows Xp on your Mac? Is there anyway to password protect the device or anything, like before someone can print to the printer, they must enter a password or whatever?

    Thank you for any help...
     
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  9. SJK123 thread starter macrumors member

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    It works fine with my Intel iMac. In fact the package also says it is designed for the Mac. I simply (1st) went to the Canon web site and downloaded the latest drivers for the printer, I plugged the Kensington into the USB port on the front of the Canon, then I went to the Bluetooth icon on my iMac clicked discoverable? and it found the printer, it even had the correct name, (Canon MP500-1) . No passwords. I believe the software is for a pc so it can recognize a Bluetooth device Of course, the Mac already has this software pre-installed. Very easy. Plug and print.
     
  10. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, well it seems like i may get the kensignton.. does anyone know if Bluetooth 2.0 is severly faster than then bluetooth 1.0 or w.e... because the d-link is $20 cheaper but doesn't support bluetooth 2.0..:(
     
  11. momo2006 macrumors newbie

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    MSI BToes 2.0

    I can confirm that MSI bluetooth dongle V2.0 works with the Canon MP500 printer.

    cheers
    momo
     
  12. activa macrumors newbie

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    Get error message...

    I tried my extra bluetooth adapter that came with the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard/Mouse. When connected to my MP500, printer gives error message: "Incompatible device detected. Remove the device."

    Would another adapter work? Any way around this?
     
  13. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Yes another should work. If the MS didn't work it might have drivers or settings that only work for the said KB/mouse and not the printer. A few posts up in this thread someone has a BT dongle that works and I just saw a USB 2.0 wireless printer "pair" of dongles for wireless printing that would be faster than the BT. If your in the States try CompUsa to get the item # then look on Amazon to see if it is cheaper for ya ;)
    Hope this helps...
     
  14. scmacdaddy macrumors regular

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    anyone try this with mp600? it should work and i'll probably just get the printer anyway, but would be nice to know if someone has tried it
     
  15. freauwaru macrumors newbie

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    D-Link DBT 122

    A year after the most recent post, I can add that the D-Link DBT-122 also works with my Intel-based Mac.

    The DBT-122 does not list MAC compatibility in the specs, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the DBT-120. I bought mine for $10 total on Ebay.
     
  16. craigvbutler macrumors newbie

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    where, oh where?

    Sorry folks...not to drag this out, but WHERE did you plug in your dongle?

    That sounds so wrong...

    On my Canon MX310, there is a USB port in the front and then a USB (B) port on the back. Did you use a USB a-->b converter? I tried the front and got the same response as above (unsupported hub in port. Remove etc...).

    Any ideas?

    cvb
     
  17. nightalon macrumors newbie

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    Easy Solution

    If someone could figure out which chipset the successful units use, then we would know how to avoid the Canon tax! Is it CSR or Broadcom, for example?
     
  18. nightalon macrumors newbie

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    Solution!

    I answered my own question. Googling the D-Link, the Kensington, and the MSI adapters reveals a BCM2035 Broadcom/WIDCOMM chipset.

    That's interesting, since a lot of people prefer the primary cometitor, CSR.
     
  19. nightalon macrumors newbie

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    $2 Usd Solution Found!

    Sorry to use all bold and caps, BUT, the half-circle, black, low-profile, $2 Bluetooth 2.0 adapters on eBay will work and they FIT PERFECTLY!

    I just bought mine; it is a BCM 2045 chipset and works perfectly with my Canon MP500. $3 including shipping and handling! Ubelievable. Canon can go suck it for charging $30-50 USD.

    (they're a tad bit tricky to get out, but if you have smaller fingers that shouldn't be a problem.)
     
  20. ecaval macrumors newbie

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    Can you link us the item? I recently purchased a 'blue-colored' bluetooth on ebay for about 3$ and it doesn't work on my PIXMA MX 330. I'd rather not pay 60$ for some piece of plastic that costs next to nothing to make.

    Anybody else purchase the PIXMA and found a cheap bluetooth?

    I purchased this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=280352070687
     
  21. ecaval macrumors newbie

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  22. he.pennypacker macrumors newbie

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    Anybody figure out which specific "cheap ebay dongle" to buy that is compatible with this, yet?
     
  23. ecaval macrumors newbie

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    I have the SAME problem...... Is anybody out there?!?!?!?!??!!!!!!!!!!????? %$&^%$*&^%(*&^%$#@$@#!%$^&*(^%%$#@!$%^&*^^(%$#@%^&*(^%$#
     
  24. ibmath macrumors newbie

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    TRENDnet Bluetooth Adapter

    Hi,

    I have the Canon MX330, too. I tried a Trendnet BTA:

    http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=165_TBW-105UB&cat=10

    My MBP recognizes the BT printer, but doesn't print to it.

    I can send a picture file through the MBP's bluetooth connection, but that's all.

    I have downloaded the most current drivers.

    Help anyone?

    Thanks!
     

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