Bluetooth Technical Details
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FlashPro supports both of the currently Bluetooth types - V2.1 (BR/EDR) and BT4 (low energy or BLE).
- Android devices support Bluetooth V2.1 without restriction.
- Apple products with Bluetooth V2.1 will not work because Apple requires a special chip to be incorporated in the device hardware. With jailbroken devices it is possible to use a Bluetooth to WiFi bridge such as roqyBT4.
- Apple products with Bluetooth V4 will work. Note that BLE is slower than V2.1.
FlashPro supports three communications protocols under the Bluetooth RFCOMM profile:
Bluetooth Stacks under Windows
When a Bluetooth Radio is used under Windows, such as a USB to Bluetooth adapter or the built in Bluetooth Radio on a laptop, Windows needs two software components - the hardware driver for the Bluetooth Radio and the software stack for Bluetooth. The hardware driver is usually provided by the manufacturer of the Bluetooth Radio chipset (although may be available from Windows Update) and the software stack may be provided by either Microsoft or the manufacturer of the Bluetooth Radio chipset.
Unfortunately Windows does not have a universal method for Windows applications (such as FlashProManager) to access Bluetooth devices. Thus application access is restricted to Bluetooth Radios using the Microsoft software stack. The good news is that while most Bluetooth Radio chipset manufacturers provide a Bluetooth stack, most are not necessary and the Microsoft stack can be used.
Determining what Bluetooth Stack is in use
In Windows open the device manager and expand the 'Bluetooth Radios' entry. Bluetooth Radios using the Microsoft stack show as 'Generic Bluetooth Adapter' whilst radios using other stacks will show the name of the chipset manufacturer.
A Bluetooth Radio using the Microsoft Bluetooth stack
A Bluetooth Radio using a non- Microsoft Bluetooth stack
Changing the Bluetooth Stack
Warning: This is at our own risk - if you are not comfortable installing and updating device drivers under Windows we do not recommend that you attempt this.
iPhone 4 and earlier
It is possible to use earlier iPhones which have been jailbroken and use a Bluetooth to WiFi bridge. roqyBT4 is a app which bridges the Bluetooth to Wifi.