HardwareSupportComponentsBluetoothUsbAdapters

Introduction

This page lists some of the Bluetooth USB Adapters that work on Ubuntu. For help with Bluetooth in Ubuntu, see the community documentation on Setting up Bluetooth. You may also want to consider purchasing a free software compatible device. Unlike non-free driver dependent hardware support exists out of the box and will continue working going forward. Many other Bluetooth dongles will not. Free software compatible adapters are available from stores such as ThinkPenguin.com.

To get information about you BlueTooth device use commands:

$ lsusb
...
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
...
$ hciconfig
hci0:   Type: USB
...
$ hciconfig -a hci0
...
        Manufacturer: Accel Semiconductor Ltd. (74)

Unbranded

Azio

Azio BTD-V201(class 1, v2.0+EDR) USB Micro Bluetooth Adapter works out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 9.04

Belkin

Belkin F8T016(uk) micro USB adapter.

Works out of the box in Ubuntu 12.04.

Initially detected by ubuntu hardy but doesn't work straight away. Needs two edits:

  • gksu gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

    Add this line:

    blacklist hci_usb
  • gksu gedit /etc/modules

    Add this line:

    hci_usb reset=1

There is a patch available in bluez but it is easier to just edit the files. The first edit stops ubuntu automatically loading the module and the second loads the module with the correct parameter. (Thank you Marcel Holtmann).

Bluetake

Works out-of-the-box in Ubuntu v10.04 ~ 11.04 Stopped working reliably in 11.10, frequent kernel panics and other general not good stuff, [Bug: 901770]

$ lsusb Bus 007 Device 003: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)

$ hciconfig -a hci0 Manufacturer: Cambridge Silicon Radio (10)

Might need same fix as Belkin : add "blacklist hci_usb" to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf, and add "hci_usb reset=1" to /etc/modules

Cirago

CityCom Corp

Conceptronic

D-Link

Kensington

  • Bluetooth USB Adapter 2.0 (K33348) - works out of package in Ubuntu v8.04

Konig

  • Mini Bluetooth Dongle CMP-BLUEKEY31 (uses Cambridge Silicon Radio chip) - works out of the box on Ubuntu 10.04

Hama

IO Gear

  • USB Micro Adapter Bluetooth 4.0 (GBU521W6) - works out of the box (Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10)
    As of Nov 2013, it is also one of the cheapest on the market.

  • USB Micro Adapter Bluetooth 2.1 Micro Adapter (BGU421) - works out of the box on Ubuntu

JVC

  • KS-UBT1 USB BLUETOOTH ADAPTER
    This is the mini-dongle that comes with various JVC car stereo head units to provide bluetooth support via one of the USB ports.
    Works out of the box with Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise). (Tested with a headset using blueman / alsa.)

      Type: BR/EDR  Bus: USB
      BD Address: 00:10:60:D2:D9:B3  ACL MTU: 310:10  SCO MTU: 64:8
      UP RUNNING PSCAN 
      RX bytes:828 acl:0 sco:0 events:34 errors:0
      TX bytes:637 acl:0 sco:0 commands:33 errors:0
      Features: 0xff 0xff 0x8f 0xfe 0x9b 0xff 0x59 0x83
      Packet type: DM1 DM3 DM5 DH1 DH3 DH5 HV1 HV2 HV3 
      Link policy: RSWITCH HOLD SNIFF PARK 
      Link mode: SLAVE ACCEPT 
      Class: 0x7e0100
      Service Classes: Networking, Rendering, Capturing, Object Transfer, Audio, Telephony
      Device Class: Computer, Uncategorized
      HCI Version: 2.1 (0x4)  Revision: 0x12e7
      LMP Version: 2.1 (0x4)  Subversion: 0x12e7
      Manufacturer: Cambridge Silicon Radio (10)

MSI

Rocketfish

  • RF-BCDM4 Works out-the-box with 9.10, simple plug-n-play.
    RF-FLBTAD Works fine with 10.04.

SafeCom Technologies

TRENDnet

TRENDnet TBW-101UB Bluetooth USB Adapter "just works" TRENDnet TBW-106UB Bluetooth USB Adapter works out of the box in Ubuntu 12.04. Supports Headset.

Trust Brand

Billionton Systems Inc.

  • Billionton Systems Inc. - USBBT02 USB Bluetooth adapter: works out-of-the-box in Ubuntu v9.04

Other Related

1. HOW-TO: GPRS Connection via Bluetooth

2. HOWTO: Hoary and Nokia Phones via Bluetooth

3. HOWTO: Share your Ubuntu connection with Symbian phones

Non working devices

[http://www.leenooks.com/USB_Bluetooth_Adapters Non working USB Bluetooth Adapters]


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HardwareSupportComponentsBluetoothUsbAdapters (last edited 2013-11-09 10:15:34 by deragon)