[BLE] Windows 10 status update

Linus Torvalds torvalds at linux-foundation.org
Mon Oct 8 19:19:38 PDT 2018

On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 6:33 PM Lubomir I. Ivanov <neolit123 at gmail.com> wrote:
> the solution that the user suggests is to get a BLE dongle. not a good
> option for the end user.

Actually, it's probably a reasonable option.

iirc, the Shearwater actually *came* with a dongle, exactly because
Windows bluetooth is so flaky. I suspect Dirk just didn't think to
bring it with him.

See for example


also, bluetooth dongles are actually pretty cheap. You can find ones
that do BLE for $6.99 on Amazon, and a few slightly better ones for
not much more (I have the Plugable one, for example, which sells for

The biggest problem is to make sure the dongle really does BLE and has
a good driver, because there are some low-end things that only do
traditional BT, and apparently a number of garbage things that have
bad drivers.

Also, range for the dongles seems to be pretty pitiful.

But for people with thousand-dollar dive computers that do bluetooth,
having to buy a $10 dongle is probably pretty acceptable.


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