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Re: BT dongle Q




On Friday 02 March 2018 13:38:47 Don Armstrong wrote:

> On Fri, 02 Mar 2018, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > I have an old bt dongle that is apparently paired with a now
> > non-existent A7 device.
> >
> > What is the command (I think I have all the tools installed) that
> > will unpair it so that I can at least scan for a fitbit BTLE device
> > 6" away?
>
> You should be able to pair BT dongles with multiple devices. I suspect
> that your issue might be lack of support for BTLE from an old dongle.
>
Which I have independently confirmed, only V4 and up bt will work with a 
fitbit.

It may be the cats meow, but until I hear it meow, its going back for a 
refund tomorrow. The whole thing is way too shady to suit me. 

1; they don't tell you up front that theres no linux support, you have to 
unpack it and charge it to see the instructions to goto 
www.fitbit.com/setup. Which doesn't take you to the setup page at all, 
but gives one a choice of winderz or mac, drivers, no linux. And 
finally, there's no driver choice called a "Charge 2", the model this 
one is, in the software selector at that site.

2; They don't supply the dongle since they assume everyone has a $500 
smartphone.

3; your data is possibly held for ransom as it goes to their servers 
before it can be decoded and sent back, to a browser I assume.  Reading 
up on galileo shows that is exactly how it also works.

4; There are no compatible dongles for sale in the area centered in 
Harrison County WV. Staples in Bridgeport had an empty peg, marked 
$38.99 while wallie's has one for $7.99 in their online store but 
shipping is from China, 2+ weeks delivery.

5; I'm now 2 days putzing with this, and everytime I find a new tidbit of 
info on it, that exposes yet another roadblock to be bulldozed to get to 
the next barricade. Screw it, if they want to sell me one, it will be a 
full kit, working standalone with any network connected computer or 
device, and OOTB.

So thank you all who tried to help, I do appreciate it. Its been quite an 
educational 2 days.

> But just in case:
>
> bluetoothctl;
> devices
> remove 12:34:56:78:9A:BC
> exit
>
> should do the trick, where the hex bits match the device that you want
> to remove. [You can also pair and scan from bluetoothctl as well.]



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