Bluetooth USB Adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fastlanephil, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

    fastlanephil

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    My 2009 Mac Pro's built-in Bluetooth is almost unusable with my Magic Mouse. I'm looking at Bluetooth USB adapters, specifically Kensington's.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    As long as it's Mac compatible, should be OK. However, you may need BT Explorer to activate it.
     
  3. TheStork macrumors regular

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  4. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 6502a

    fastlanephil

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    I ordered the GMYLE Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter(new) from a seller on eBay with free shipping. The Amazon shipping was about the same cost as the dongle. I’ll download BT Explorer at the Apple App Store.

    Thank you both for the help.
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Should be from Apple developer's page.
     
  6. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I registered as a hardware developer and DL the newest ver. of BT Explorer.

    I did invent my adjustable mouse stand using a 3M Swivel Monitor Arm and reengineered a imported dinning room table from Vietnam for my DAW stand. :D

    [​IMG]
     
  7. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I plugged in the GMYLE USB Bluetooth 4.0 adapter into a front USB port on my Mac Pro and had success activating it with Bluetooth Explorer after I moved BT Explorer into the Applications folder. I found some help with that here.

    http://www.geekguides.co.uk/414/how-to-select-a-bluetooth-adapter-in-os-x/

    Well, it was worse than using the Apple Bluetooth so I plugged the GMYLE BT adapter into a powered USB 3.0 hub that is in the middle of my DAW desk and it works great now.
     
  8. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 6502a

    fastlanephil

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    Using the GMYLE BT adapter I booted my Mac Pro into Windows 7 via Bootcamp and couldn't get Bluetooth going. I booted back into Yosemite and Bluetooth was "Not Available". After resetting the SMC I got Bluetooth to show up again in Yosemite.

    I decided to move my Mac Pro to the other side of my desk, almost directly underneath my Magic Mouse and use Apple's Bluetooth. This is working for OSX and Windows 7.
     

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