Bluetooth Dongle

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What is the purpose?

If you have Bluetooth in the computer that you will use as a LinuxMCE Media Director, this device turns your mobile phone into a remote control and gives you "follow-me" capabilities--your lighting preferences, media and more can follow you around the house.

Requirements and Compatibility

Runs on both Linux, using the Bluez library, and Windows, using the standard Windows/Widcom drivers. Although it should work with all Bluetooth devices, we always use USB Bluetooth dongles with the CSR chipset for both Windows and Linux. The D-Link DBT-120 and TDK are some of the more common models.

Turning off automatic discovery

To prevent LinuxMCE from finding bluetooth devices outside of your home the autodetection (of any BT device) can be turned off as followed: [1]

  1. Login in Web Admin
  2. Go to Advanced -> Configuration -> Devices
  3. Open the CORE/MD where is located your bluetooth device
  4. Open DCERouter and click on Orbiter Plugin
  5. Check the Ignore check box under "Device data".

Turn it back on again to autodetect new devices you're adding to the network, after which you can turn it off again once they're added.

Things to Consider When Purchasing an Adapter

- A single Class 1 adapter (range 100m, 330 ft) will provide service to your whole house. Best placed on the Core for always-on functionality. With this setup, the system will not be able to detect which room you are in (ie: no follow-me functionality).

- A Class 2 adapter (range 10m, 33 ft) is good for Media Directors that are quite far apart (ie: on opposite sides of a large house). If the Bluetooth ranges don't overlap, then the system will be able to distinguish your location by room.

- A Class 3 adapter (range 1m, 3 ft) is good for multiple Media Directors that are too close to use Class 2 adapters. The downside is that you must be fairly close to the Media Director to be detected.