Bluetooth has become a very popular piece of technology over the last few years. It allows you to pair various devices together, such as cell phones, laptops, computers, printers, and cameras. Once connected, you can communicate, print, and transfer files between the two paired devices. If you find that one of your devices does not have Bluetooth enabled, then do not worry. You can actually buy Bluetooth dongles in retail stores and online to use on devices that do not come with Bluetooth on them already. Bluetooth dongles can work just as well as devices with Bluetooth already built-in. One I would like to talk about is the iEssentials Bluetooth Dongle.
You see, I have a cell phone that has Bluetooth built-in. However, my laptop does not have Bluetooth on it. This left me with using my cell phone minutes whenever I wanted to email a photo or ringtone back and forth between the cell phone and laptop. I knew you could buy Bluetooth dongles, but I wasn’t completely sure as to where. Until one day when I was shopping at a store called Five Below (where nothing is over five dollars). I saw the iEssentials Bluetooth Dongle in the store for five dollars and decided to give it a try. That’s a pretty good price for something that is supposed to aid with using Bluetooth technology. So I bought and gave it a try that night. From my own experience, I would like to give you a little information on this Bluetooth dongle from iEssention.
First of all, it is pretty small, as a lot of Bluetooth dongles are. The dongle is about a little bigger than your thumbnail, as a matter of fact. So if you buy one, you want to be sure to keep it in a safe spot where you will not lose it. This Bluetooth dongle is actually a USB adapter. So all you need is a USB port on the device you want to plug it into. Now and days, you can find USB ports on various pieces of technology, so this isn’t so bad.
When you buy it and open it, you can plug it right in. The set-up process could vary per the device you are plugging it into. I bought it to pair my Tracfone and laptop together. It took us a little while and researching to set it up on the laptop, as we have never used it before. This may sound a little frustrating or complicated, but once you get through the first set-up process, using it will be easy.
Once it is set up or installed and you use it then or for future use, you may notice the Bluetooth icon on your bottom right-hand side of your screen (where the clock and icons are). It will look like a dark blue circle with a white “B” in the middle of it. When you right-click it, it will give you a pop-up menu with a few choices on it, ranging from adding a device, showing devices, sending a file, and receiving a file.
Click “add a device” and depending on where you are installing this, it will take you through the process of adding a device. For my laptop, the “Add A Bluetooth Device Wizard” window popped up and walked us through the process of pairing it with my phone. When pairing it with some (if not all) devices, you may need to take a few steps. This can include the following:
– Turning on the device you wish to pair.
– If you must turn the Bluetooth function on the device on, then do that as well.
– Make your device discoverable.
– Give your device a name. This is optional, but it will make it easier if you are pairing more than one device together.
– After it finds your device, you may have to give it a four digit passkey. Sometimes that is optional, but choosing to do so is like giving it a password, which is good for security and privacy reasons.
When pairing the devices together with the iEssentials Bluetooth Dongle, you may also need to look at the user manual of those specific devices for assistance on setting it up, the passkey, and so on.
When everything is finally set up and paired, you can begin to transfer the files between the two. The directions on this may vary per devices. Of course, when you click the Bluetooth icon, you can click “Send A File” or “Receive A File”. For my phone and laptop, I must click “Receive A File” on the computer and then send my photos via Bluetooth from my phone. Then I can pick where I want to save it, rename it if desired, and wait for it to send. When sending a file to my phone, I can right-click the file on Windows Explorer, choose to “Send To” and then “Bluetooth Device”. Easy to do and I did not have to use any of my cell phone minutes to do so.
When you are done, you can carefully unplug the iEssentials Bluetooth Dongle and turn off any Bluetooth devices that you needed to turn on. Since everything is set up and has the passkey needed, you will be able to just plug in the dongle, turn on the Bluetooth device, let the dongle discover it, and then send and receive your files.
I know I have only gone over pairing my cell phone and laptop, but as I said earlier, this can vary per device. Remember, you can use this dongle for laptops, computers, cell phones, printers, and cameras.
As you can see, the iEssentials Bluetooth Dongle is inexpensive and it works (I have not personally encountered any problems with it). If you can find this Bluetooth dongle, I would suggest trying it. It is wireless, connects the devices, and makes a great alternative to technology with Bluetooth built-in.