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

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by FunBoy50, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. FunBoy50 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2006

    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

    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 macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    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 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I've had no probs with a couple of belkin bluetooth dongles... stated as for OS X 10.3+ try, search for belkin bluetooth for a few options. From £6.49 it's worth a punt, eh?
  4. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    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


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    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


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    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


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Never had any problems with my Billionton dongle...


    ...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

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    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

    Jul 17, 2006
    Boston, MA
    A buddy of mine uses the D-Link one with his TiBook for his Apple Mouse and like a charm.

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

    Jun 18, 2004
    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

    Jul 17, 2006
    Boston, MA
    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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