IOGEAR GBU421 Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter - GBU421

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I bought this to replace the bluetooth module HP removed from my dv2000t laptop when they replaced the motherboard. Rather than send it back again and give them an opportunity to screw something else up, I decided to buy this relatively inexpensive item instead. It is indeed tiny and barely sticks out of its USB socket, which is very cool. It almost looks "built-in." A word of advice; the unit comes with the WIDCOMM Bluetooth software which may not be compatible with all Bluetooth devices. An example is my BlackBerry 7250, which will only work with the Windows stack. However, you can download the Thinkpad bluetooth software from Lenovo that uses the Windows stack...it works great with all my devices.

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If you're like me and have a laptop computer you probably bought a regular bluetooth adapter (looks a bit like a USB Memory Stick) and your either lost your adapter (from taking it out of the computer to put the laptop in it's bag or it simply broke, probably from sitting the laptop in your lap (funny that - I mean; where do you expect to use your laptop anyway? it IS called a "laptop" right?) or on a soft seat. I've even busted the actual PC's USB jack this way! With all that constant pressure on the device and the port it's just a matter of time 'till you break it and are looking to replace it... If this isn't you - no worries - keep it that way! If this is your 1st BT Adapter for your laptop save yourself the grief and just buy this one. This device only protrudes from the USB port it's attached to approximately a 1/4in. Even nicer, it's rounded on all its edges so it doesn't tend to snag on anything and you're never putting pressure on the device when it's in your lap so it shouldn't ever break. You can leave it in even when you throw it in your laptop bag - no worries... Highly compatible - uses Widcomm Drivers but takes advantage of the Windows BT Management utility - even works well in Vista (32-bit). - Love the BLUE LED which shines through the dark grey case, it lets you know it's working and flashes when it's communicating with your devices... iO Gear makes some really good stuff - very happy with their products overall...

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Works beautifully

by jeffgreenwald@sbcglobal.net on 6/16/2008

I bought this to replace the bluetooth module HP removed from my dv2000t laptop when they replaced the motherboard. Rather than send it back again and give them an opportunity to screw something else up, I decided to buy this relatively inexpensive item instead. It is indeed tiny and barely sticks out of its USB socket, which is very cool. It almost looks "built-in." A word of advice; the unit comes with the WIDCOMM Bluetooth software which may not be compatible with all Bluetooth devices. An example is my BlackBerry 7250, which will only work with the Windows stack. However, you can download the Thinkpad bluetooth software from Lenovo that uses the Windows stack...it works great with all my devices. Read More

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Outstanding Bluetooth Adapter - Never Take It Out

by kz121 on 7/13/2008

If you're like me and have a laptop computer you probably bought a regular bluetooth adapter (looks a bit like a USB Memory Stick) and your either lost your adapter (from taking it out of the computer to put the laptop in it's bag or it simply broke, probably from sitting the laptop in your lap (funny that - I mean; where do you expect to use your laptop anyway? it IS called a "laptop" right?) or on a soft seat. I've even busted the actual PC's USB jack this way! With all that constant pressure on the device and the port it's just a matter of time 'till you break it and are looking to replace it... If this isn't you - no worries - keep it that way! If this is your 1st BT Adapter for your laptop save yourself the grief and just buy this one. This device only protrudes from the USB port it's attached to approximately a 1/4in. Even nicer, it's rounded on all its edges so it doesn't tend to snag on anything and you're never putting pressure on the device when it's in your lap so it shouldn't ever break. You can leave it in even when you throw it in your laptop bag - no worries... Highly compatible - uses Widcomm Drivers but takes advantage of the Windows BT Management utility - even works well in Vista (32-bit). - Love the BLUE LED which shines through the dark grey case, it lets you know it's working and flashes when it's communicating with your devices... iO Gear makes some really good stuff - very happy with their products overall... Read More

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Product Overview

The IOGEAR Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter offers Bluetooth connectivity at a fraction of the size of normal Bluetooth USB adapters. About the size of an adult fingernail, the IOGEAR Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter allows users to connect to all the latest Bluetooth devices like cell phones, PDAs, mice and keyboards. Because the Micro Adapter is so small you can easily plug it into your computer without blocking any surrounding USB ports. The Micro Adapter also features Bluetooth EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) technology for transfer rates that are 3 times faster than traditional Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2 adapters.

The Micro Adapter also allows users to connect up to seven Bluetooth devices together and transfer even the largest files quickly and easily. With the Micro Adapter's lower power consumption, you can enjoy longer battery life on your notebook computer. This Bluetooth Class 2 adapter is also compatible with both Mac and PC computers, and offers a wireless range of 30 feet (10 meter). It is great for both home and mobile networking needs.

Specifications

Manufacturer IOGEAR, INC.
Mfg Part# GBU421
SKU 207987778
UPC 881317009401
UPC 14 00881317009401
Features
Allows any computer with a USB connection to become a Bluetooth enabled computer
3x faster than current Bluetooth (1.1 or 1.2) products; up to 3.0 Mbps
Up to 30 ft (10m) maximum wireless range
Wirelessly communicates with Bluetooth-enabled computers, printers, PDAs, cell phones, headsets, and more
Built-in security to assure the privacy of your communication-pairing, encryption, and authentication
Supports the following services: Serial Port, Network Access, Dial Up Networking, Headset, AV, File Transfer, Audio Gateway, Human Input Devices (HID)
Compliant with Bluetooth 2.1 specifications; backwards compatible with Bluetooth 1.1 & 1.2
Warranty: 3-YEAR
Tech Specs
Host Interface USB
Brand Name IOGEAR
Product Model GBU421
Manufacturer Part Number GBU421
Product Name GBU421 Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter
Manufacturer Website Address www.iogear.com
Manufacturer IOGEAR, Inc
Product Type Bluetooth Adapter
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Additional Information Profiles Supported: Generic Access Serial Port Dial-Up Networking Fax LAN Object Push File Transfer Synchronization
Compatibility Windows 2000 Windows XP MAC OS X v10.3.9 or later
Package Contents GBU421 Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter Driver/Manual CD Quick Start Guide Warranty / Registration Card
Green Compliance Yes
Dimensions 0.31" Height x 0.63" Width x 0.79" Depth
Weight 0.20 oz
Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
ISM Minimum Frequency 2.40 GHz
ISM Band Yes
Wireless Security Pairing Encryption Authentication
Transmit Power 4 dBm
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.48 GHz
Modulation GFSK
Wireless Transmission Speed 2.10 Mbps
Standard Warranty 3 Year
Product Attributes
Environmental Certification RoHS
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