Adding bluetooth to PC

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delmartin
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I've seen a bluetooth speaker that I'd like to use with my desktop PC, however this computer does not have built in bluetooth.  
 
I've checked on the web and there are hundreds of USB bluetooth adapters for sale - some as little as £2-3.  Are they all much of a muchness or are there good reasons for paying more to get a better product?  
 
Any advice would be appreciated.
 
Thanks 
Derek 
 
 
mooblie
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Re: Adding bluetooth to PC
I have used one of these:
99p.  Works fine with a mouse and Windows7.  Not tried it with speakers, but at 99p it's hard to go wrong.

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Ron Spicer
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Excuse my  ignorance on this one, Martin.   Is it suitable for TV plug-in and reception of broadcast stuff from ones router?
 
Ron
Gavin Gration
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Hi Ron - 99% certain the answer is no....the only 1% doubt is because I don't know exactly what you mean.
 
In general bluetooth does very limited, short range stuff like wireless speakers, headsets, sharing a photo etc.
 
Very few (if any) standard routers have any form of bluetooth functionality.
 
WiFi is faster and stronger - it tends to be used for networking & that's what most domestic routers have. 
 
Smart TVs/boxes can use WiFi but many have either an Ethernet socket for a wired connection or in a few models the option to use a WiFi dongle (possibly limited to certain types). For a TV/Smart box a wired connection is best if you can manage it - there are HomePlug/PowerLine adapters that help if your router is some distance from your telly.
delmartin
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Thanks martin, I think I'll risk investing 99p in your recommended USB dongle - give it a try!
 
Ron re: Martin's suggestions for networking, I can highly recommend Powerline adapters.  I use one to get iPlayer on my telly - works a treat!
 
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Ron Spicer
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Thanks Gavin and Derek.   
 
Yes, I had thought it was only Bluetooth and that I still need a WIFI dongle for the TV.
 
Ron.
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Sorry... got back late to this one....  And of course, everyone's correct with their answers: the Bluetooth dongle is no good for connecting a TV to your router - you need the correct WiFi dongle for that - usually manufacturer-specific and way-overpriced.
 
Best/cheapest solution for THAT problem is to run a long Ethernet cable from the TV to your router. If not possible, investigate powerline network adapters.

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