How to Know If Your Computer Has Bluetooth Capabilities

Bluetooth technology is a wireless standard for transmitting data across short distances, and is explicitly designed for simplicity. With a Bluetooth-capable computer, you can use wireless devices such as headphones, headsets, keyboards and mice, as well as create a personal area network with other Bluetooth-equipped PCs. However, before you race down to the local electronics store to buy those devices, it's a good idea to check that your computer has Bluetooth capability. This can be done using a simple utility in Windows.

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Some cell phones can connect to laptops via Bluetooth technology.

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Click the "Start" button on the Windows Taskbar. Type "Device Manager" in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. When a window of search results opens, click "Device Manager" (under the Control Panel heading).

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Look for a device category titled "Bluetooth Radios." If this category is present, then Windows recognizes Bluetooth hardware on the PC.

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Expand the "Bluetooth Radios" category. Double-click on the branded-name (Dell, Toshiba, Linksys, Broadcom) of the installed Bluetooth device, which launches a new dialog box.

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Select the "General" tab. Look in the Device Status section for the following statement: "This Device Is Working Properly." If you see this information then the PC is Bluetooth capable and the hardware device is functioning properly.