bluetooth dongles

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brians.account, May 16, 2006.

  1. brians.account macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2005
    hey all,
    quick question:
    i've been looking at bluetooth dongles on ebay because i have a crappy ol' ibook and it seems as though they all come with windows only software. will this matter? is it a plug n play sorta deal?

    currently running ibook g4 w/ 10.3.9
    possibly looking at something like this:

    i'm going to be using it for a sonyericsson k750i, which means i DO want bluetooth 2.0, right?

    thanks for time and help
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    I can't speak for that particular dongle, but I have the Belkin version working on my G5 and iBook with no problems at all. It came with a software CD or two but I didn't need to install anything to get it working.

    If you have any concerns, you could always ask the seller.
  3. Alasta macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2005
    Wellington, New Zealand
    There is a retailer in New Zealand called Dick Smith Electronics who sell a USB-bluetooth adaptor with their own brand name on it, and it worked fine when I used it with my old G3 iBook.

    There are no guarantees but, if you buy a cheap no-name adaptor like this, there's a reasonable chance that it will work. If it's cheap enough, it may be worth the gamble.
  4. jrober macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK

    I use the D-Link bluetooth adaptor in my old G3 iMac. It is excellent. Others should also work although the D-link works out of the box no CD install required.

    Your phone being Bluetooth 2.0 is backwards compatible to Bluetooth 1.1 and unless you are transferring a lot of data I am not sure the 3 x faster is necessary.

    That said if it is cheap enough and they let you return the product if it is not compatible then go for it.

  5. brians.account thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2005
    perhaps i'll see how much they are in stores so i won't have to return it across continents. thanks all!

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