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Bluetooth dongle recommendations (Mac OS X)

January 15, 2010 | 3:09 pm

Hi,

We’re trying to connect four Wii remotes to a laptop and finding that the bluetooth signal is variable.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a dongle that would help (makes, model, etc) ?

Many thanks,
Andrew



pid
January 15, 2010 | 8:31 pm

i seem to remember reading an interview (with keith mcmillan?) about his "kbow" / max/msp project. they discovered that you have to build custom bluetooth stuff because the bluetooth shipping with laptops / desktops is no good, as you say, variable blah blah. might be worth searching for that interview (i think it was on THIS site) or browsing his website: http://www.keithmcmillen.com/


January 16, 2010 | 5:41 am

The article is there now:

http://cycling74.com/2009/03/23/an-interview-with-keith-mcmillen/#more-2054

PG


January 16, 2010 | 9:05 am

Hi
Make sure it as new as possible – v2.1 EDR. Not sure if newer stuff is out. Some have better antennae then others, and make sure there are no major blocks between send/rcv. Experiment with orientations as well. And make sure theres not too much other 2-4 gHz stuff around.

Hope that helps some.



EMV
January 30, 2010 | 12:19 pm

Or, if that is an option in your setup, use two laptops with two wiimotes each and have them communicate over via ethernet cable or wifi.


January 30, 2010 | 4:50 pm

Never used it with Max (control with WiFi, USB, MIDI here), but I’d look into the D-Link Bluetooth adapter. I got one for an old iBook that needed bluetooth after I got a Belkin adapter that didn’t work well–no problem with with the D-Link.


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