[BLE] Windows 10 status update

Lubomir I. Ivanov neolit123 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 19:26:27 PDT 2018

On Tue, 9 Oct 2018 at 05:19, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds at linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> 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
>   https://www.shearwater.com/bluetooth-quick-start/
> 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
> $12.95).
> 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.

thanks, i will try getting a BLE dongle.


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