Have you started
looking at all those cool Bluetooth devices, but bought your Mac before Bluetooth
was an option? Or perhaps you have a new Mac but did not include Bluetooth because
you thought that you'd never use it. Whether syncing to a wireless mouse or wireless
keyboard, or even to your cell phone, Bluetooth is really coming into its own now.
Bluetooth devices are getting smarter, more ergonomic, and battery life is improving.
With all of the wireless products available, right now is a great time to go wireless.
The only question left is how to get your Mac to support Bluetooth. You could purchase
a Bluetooth adapter to install in your Mac, but that may be costly, more hassle than
its worth, and depending upon your Mac model, it may not even be an option. There
is an easier way to add Bluetooth capabilities to your USB Mac running Mac OS X.
Simply buy a USB Bluetooth adapter that plugs into your Mac's USB port, and your
Mac instantly has Bluetooth capabilities.
One such device is AmbiCom's Air2Net Bluetooth USB Adapter (model BT2000). This Bluetooth
Wireless USB Adapter brings wireless functionality to any Mac running OS X. The adapter
allows simple wireless access to the Internet, file transfer, wireless printing and
a host of other applications. Designed to comply with the Bluetooth 1.1 Standards,
AmbiCom Wireless USB Adapter allows any Bluetooth enabled devices with Bluetooth
Wireless connectivity without the need for wires.
The AmbiCom Bluetooth USB Adapter retails for $39.99. Adding an internal Bluetooth
module to an iMac costs $50 when ordering a new iMac, so the adapter is not only
easier, it's cheaper. Shop around, and you'll find even a better price. I've seen
this adapter priced as low as $22 on the internet.
The AmbiCom BT2000 Air2Net adapter comes in a stylish purple translucent casing.
Plugged into your USB port, this adapter extends to 2" from your port.
The BT2000 has a small nearly unnoticable red LED that blinks so fast that it appears
always on from a distance. The LED is only active when it detects a Bluetooth device,
and turns to a solid red when the device is active. When no device is detected at
all, the light goes off completely.
Using the adapter is incredibly simple. Assuming you are running under Mac OS X,
10.2.8 or higher, all you have to do is plug this into your USB port, and you immediately
have Bluetooth support on your Mac. Activate any Bluetooth device within range, go
under the OS X Bluetooth menu (or the Bluetooth preferences) and you can immediately
sync the device with your Mac and begin using it wirelessly. I tested this adapter
with several Bluetooth mice, and they all were paired without any problems. I never
lost connectivity in hours of testing, so this is a very reliable and inexpensive
alternative to having a built-in Bluetooth module. The only downside versus the built-in
module is that the adapter will use up one of your precious USB ports. However, USB
hubs are very inexpensive these days, and given the number of USB devices available
for Mac OS X, it is likely that you will need (if you don't alread have) a USB hub
anyway. I tested this USB adapter in my USB hub, and it runs just as well in the
hub as it did in the native USB port. In comparison tests between the internal Bluetooth
adapter in my Powerbook versus the add-on Bluetooth adapter on my iMac, I could not
find any difference between the two in terms of stability and reliability.
The AmbiCom BT2000 Air2Net adapter is a USB Bluetooth adapter that adds Bluetooth
wireless technology to any Mac running Mac OS X. It is less expensive than the Apple
Bluetooth module, and provides the exact same functionality; albeit, it does take
up a USB port. If you are looking to use wireless devices with your Mac such as cell
phones, mice, keyboards, and PDAs, this device is an easy and inexpensive way to
get there. On the Mac, it requires no software installation at all. The BT2000 is
the only adapter that didn't have a pulsating light when there were no devices in
use, which is the reason this adapter is my favorite out of all the adapters I've
looked at. Whether you are looking to add Bluetooth technology to your existing Mac,
or are wondering whether you should purchase the Bluetooth module with your new Mac,
the AmbiCom BT2000 adapter provides a stable and robust Bluetooth interface and is
definitely worth considering.
- Provides stable and continuous Bluetooth connectivity
- Stylish translucent purple casing (no pulsating
light when not in use)
- Easy and inexpensive alternative to a built-in
- No extra software required
5 out of 5 Mice