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albertr

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« on: August 06, 2005, 07:41:23 pm »
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2005, 03:45:07 am »
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An unexpensive Bluetooth USB dongle made by Billionton was used in this project. There seemed to be quite a few changes on Bluetooth dongle front since the days of Psion Bluetooth surgery project. There're much more choices available on the market now featuring different chipsets and specifications. So extra care needs to be taken when selecting a dongle that can be switched into UART mode and then be used as a serial module. At first, I've tried some unexpensive swivel-design dongle from Ebay since I knew beforehand that it had the CSR BC2MOD2C module inside. Well, it didn't work... Unfortunately, I don't have an o'scope to check the signal, so failure of this module remains a mistery.

I am having a hard time finding the recomended dongle on ebay, any other sources?
what chip do they use? does other vendors use it?

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2005, 10:48:55 am »
I wouldn't suggest you to experiment with the dongles unless you are ready to take risks of paying for a dongle which can't be switched into UART mode. The other thing is re-programming the module. There;s PSKeys application available for Linux. I wrote some lazy windoze piece to do that too, and I can put its source code on my website. But  other than that, I'm not gonna help with it. If you are thinking of re-programming the CSR module, all necessary documentation is available on CSR support website.

I spoke with someone who said they still can order the old revision of the Billionton's dongle. If you want to contact them directly, here's the email: sales@boteq.com. They have a presense on Ebay too. Make sure to request an old revision of the dongle as showed on the pictures on my page.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2005, 10:54:16 am »
thanks mate

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2005, 08:14:28 pm »
managed to find the dongle.
gona uptade as soon as I get it working.

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2005, 03:01:14 pm »
Niv,

Can you let me know where did you get your dongle from? I might need to get one more of these too...
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2005, 03:07:36 am »
albertr: pls chk ur PM

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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2005, 07:34:38 am »
Could this be the working Billington Device?

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2005, 08:08:11 am »
It looks awfully like it, but you'll never know until you open up the casing.
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2005, 08:13:32 am »
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I spoke with someone who said they still can order the old revision of the Billionton's dongle. If you want to contact them directly, here's the email: sales@boteq.com. They have a presense on Ebay too. Make sure to request an old revision of the dongle as showed on the pictures on my page.
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Just FYI... Boteq got a batch of old revision Billionton dongles in its stock.
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2006, 10:46:34 am »
I saw the project at opensimpad, and I am missing the pin out connection table.
I mean which pin in the simpad goes to what pin in the dongle

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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2006, 01:57:19 pm »
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I saw the project at opensimpad, and I am missing the pin out connection table.
I mean which pin in the simpad goes to what pin in the dongle
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Unfortunate Albertr has selled his simpad. I will try to write him a mail.

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nice
« Last Edit: October 01, 2006, 01:57:41 pm by mr_nice »

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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2006, 12:32:08 pm »
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did the hardware part.
easy bit: you only need to connect 4 wires: 5Volt,GND,TX,RX
hard: find a flat cable. I used a kenwood car cd-changer cable. solder the for wires to it - harder.
I may still add the reset wire.
still need to do the software bit
« Last Edit: November 16, 2006, 12:39:41 pm by niv »

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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2006, 09:57:37 am »
Verry nice,
could you please expand the Wiki entry [1]?
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1  http://opensimpad.org/index.php/Albert%27s_Bluetooth_mod

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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2006, 06:25:51 am »
more hacking:
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