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Default Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 02-26-2009, 05:22 PM

What are the advantages of the "internal Bluetooth" gadget over a small USB BT dongle?

Off the bat:

1. PRO - internal BT frees up a USB
2. PRO - you don't have to remember to have a USB dongle with you
3. CON - int BT is more expensive
4. ???

Is there a speed difference? Something else I am forgetting?

I am trying to decide between the cheap dongles and ordering and installing the Dell thingy...

Thanks,
Matt


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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 02-26-2009, 05:49 PM

Best to just have it installed from the beginning. No hassle. No worry. Does all the "pro" things you mention. Costs more? Maybe, depends on which online discounter you're comparing for dongle prices.


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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 02-26-2009, 06:03 PM

After having used my Mini without any bluetooth, then with an IOGear dongle ($22), and then with the Dell internal module....I would have to say I prefer the Dell internal module. As you noted, it does free up a USB port. The dongle wasn't as easy to setup as I thought it would be, and pairing with devices took several tries. Granted the internal module takes a little extra work to install, especially removing the palm rest frame...but if you're careful with dismantling the necessary parts of your Mini, once it's installed, it works great. It immediately paired with my new BT mouse. I haven't tried my cell phone yet, and I don't have a BT headset to try.

As AKDAve said, if you haven't ordered your Mini yet, I would just go with the internal module from the start, if possible.
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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 02-26-2009, 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Fallstar
After having used my Mini without any bluetooth, then with an IOGear dongle ($22), and then with the Dell internal module....I would have to say I prefer the Dell internal module.
Valuable advice coming from a (rare) user who has experience with all three scenarios. Thanks.

I already have my Mini 9, so any internal BT will be self-installed with the Dell part mail delivered.

Thanks for the advice,
Matt


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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 02-26-2009, 06:20 PM

If you decide to order the part from Dell, I would recommend what a lot of us have done, email a specific rep at Dell and ask for the unit, including the part number...as well as your Dell Customer ID number, shipping address and your contact phone number (so he can call you to get charge info). I'll see if I can find his email address..

Edit: His name is Yaphet Merrit, and email is Yaphet_Merrit@dell.com
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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 02-26-2009, 06:29 PM

Thanks a lot for your time and effort. If I go this route -- and I probably will! -- I will use the info you have provided.


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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 03-10-2009, 03:31 AM

Curious exactly what you guys use the BT for? I have a dongle I used on my PC to transfer songs, images, etc to my cell - until I got a usb card adapter to do it faster and easier. Can't imagine what other uses it would have.
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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 03-10-2009, 04:36 AM

Has anyone tried to use the $2.62 BT dongle from Dealextreme? http://dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11866

I'm wondering if Ubuntu will recognize this natively, a driver needs to be downloaded, or it's incompatible.

I'm only thinking of using it for BT mouse maybe - for $2.62 shipped, seems worth a chance!
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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 03-10-2009, 04:53 AM

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Curious exactly what you guys use the BT for? I have a dongle I used on my PC to transfer songs, images, etc to my cell - until I got a usb card adapter to do it faster and easier. Can't imagine what other uses it would have.
I've been using a BT mouse, and am going to order/try a BT keyboard (mostly for using at home). I also have used it to transfer files to/from my cell phone's microSD card.

Here's a thread that shows what others use their BT for...
http://mydellmini.com/forum/how-are-you ... t2160.html
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Default Re: Bluetooth USB versus internal? - 03-10-2009, 08:25 AM

i bought three bt dongle for $0.99 each
(http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-v2-0-Cl ... 365&sr=8-2)
it works fine, transfer rate from my cell phone to the mini9 is around 40-70kb/sec
so each image transfer is like 2-3 seconds, acceptable for non-frequently used
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