Using USB Bluetooth® Dongle in Windows® 7
What is USB Bluetooth Dongle and how to set-up Bluetooth device pairing in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest version of Windows, launched by Microsoft. It has many advanced features that can improve your system’s performance. You can use a Bluetooth dongle in your system to connect to any other Bluetooth device such as a wireless modem, printer, cell phone, headset and more. With this particular device you can easily transfer data. A Bluetooth dongle is available with a USB interface and you can connect it with your system using the USB port available. With this dongle, you can enable wireless networking in your system and connect to another device in which Bluetooth communication is enabled. The normal data transmission rate available for Bluetooth dongle is 2.4GHz radio frequency and with a standard dongle you can cover a distance up to 100 meters.
Given below are some key points on setting up Bluetooth device pairing with Windows 7:
- Connecting the dongle
- Adding Bluetooth device
- Entering the passkey
Connecting the dongle
You need to connect your Bluetooth dongle into the USB port of your system and the default driver for the dongle will be installed automatically. You can install the appropriate drivers for your Bluetooth dongle from the manufacturer’s website.
Adding Bluetooth device
Once you have successfully installed the dongle in your system, you need to add the Bluetooth device with which you need to make communication. Type Bluetooth in the 'Start' menu search bar and this will display the Bluetooth settings in the control panel. Make sure that the 'Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer' option is enabled in the option. Then click on 'Add a Bluetooth Device' to find your device. You need to turn your device to discover mode in order to find the device.
Once the device is displayed you need to click 'Next' to configure the settings, it will then ask you to set a passkey for pairing the device with your system. You can create a passkey or let Windows to create one. Also there will be an option to avoid using passkey. But, for ensuring security, it is recommended to create a passkey. Now you will be asked to enter the same passkey in your external device to get connected and Windows will install the driver for your external device. Once the device is added, pairing will be completed. Next time you can connect the device, enter the passkey and perform required communication.
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