How to Change a USB Device to a Bluetooth Wireless
Bluetooth is a technology standard that gives you the ability to connect to other electronic devices without a wire. Not all computers come with Bluetooth connection, but most can be made to connect to Bluetooth. If your laptop or desktop computer has USB hubs it is possible to turn it into a Bluetooth device. Some internal compatibility requirements are also needed for the Bluetooth to work on your computer. These will be specified by the Bluetooth manufacturer.
Things You'll Need
- USB data cord
- Bluetooth dongle
Insert the software CD that came with your USB Bluetooth stick.
Go to the start button located in the bottom left-hand corner of your toolbar and select "My computer." Double click.
Locate the drive that reads the name of the software and Double-click it. If the software auto runs, skip this step.
Follow the instructions printed in the software's manual as well as the on-screen instructions for installation.
Click "Trust" or "Accept" in the license agreement box. This box will only pop up if you have Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Plug in the Bluetooth dongle when prompted to complete the installation.
Enter "0000" when you are prompted to enter the Bluetooth security code. This code will vary depending on the manufacturer of the Bluetooth dongle.
Computer USB/Bluetooth Installation
Go to the system tray and select "My Bluetooth Places." On some PCs there may be a shortcut to get to your Bluetooth Places; this is usually "Fn + F3."
Find the name of the device you want to connect to in the device list.
Select "Add Bluetooth Device."
Tips & Warnings
- Do not connect to Bluetooth devices that you are not familiar with. If you do, you run the risk of an unauthorized person connecting to your PC.
- Do not accept programs through your Bluetooth connection unless you have scanned them prior to the transfer to your PC. The Internet is littered with sites that offer free downloads of many programs that are user created and not manufactured in stores. In some cases these programs are missing vital files that can make your PC unresponsive, and worse some are loaded with spyware and viruses.