Bluetooth 4.0 Dongle for Coninuity...

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by DerMario, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. DerMario macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2012
    Is it possible to add an usb dongle for older macs (BT2.1) and get it supported by Yosemite?
  2. MacrumoursUser macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2014
    There is only one way to find out.
  3. ominx macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    I'm using one on my late 2008 MacBook that has BT 2 built-in. Unfortunately neither Handoff or Continuity are working. However it's too soon to conclude it's the dongle's fault as plenty of users with built-in BT 4.0 are also saying these features are unreliable with current beta releases of iOS 8 and Yosemite 10.10.

    If people are interested in also getting a BT 4 dongle, be sure to buy one with the Broadcom 20702 chipset. I've tried others and they were either unreliable or didn't work at all. This is the one I have, and besides not working with the above mentioned features, its "normal" BT capabilities are working as expected.
  4. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    That one specifically says it won't work for Mac.

  5. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    The funny thing about the Amazon page is that they have it sticking out of a rMBP in one of the pictures, but I also see the "Does NOT support MAC OS or ARM-based Windows RT" disclaimer...
  6. ominx macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Don't trust that description. I have read way too many threads that discuss what Bluetooth chips will work with Macs. I promise you that the Broadcom dongle I linked will definitely work. Apple even added the specific vendor and product IDs for the radio to the Bluetooth plist. Avoid any dongle that uses the Cambridge Silicon Radio... Designated as CSR.
  7. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    This dongle works on my older MBP:

    I haven't tried Continuity/Handoff in Yosemite, but it works for apps like Knock to Unlock and Notifyr in Mavericks (on my "unsupported" MBP)
  8. 6836838 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2011
    I'm also using this dongle on my late 2010 MBP. It's working when I switch over to it using the Bluetooth Explorer tool, but I can't get Handover to do anything, although I did get a note saying that my iPad Air had been detected for Handoff after updating to DP2 and iOS8 beta2. Absolutely nothing - I guess Apple are explicitly checking for the version of Mac, rather than BT4 capability. I'm not surprised. I'm hoping for a hack once the os's are released to prod.
  9. Yakibomb macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2014
    Cape Town
    Would be nice if this worked. Great for expanding the functionality of old workstations
  10. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    I'm sure someone will figure out a way just as they did getting Boot Camp 5 to install on 'unsupported' Macs for that sweet, sweet Windows 8 support. :D

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