Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
SMC Bluetooth adapter

Bluetooth is a computing and telecommunications industry specification that describes how devices can communicate with each other. Devices that use Bluetooth include computers, a computer keyboard and mouse, personal digital assistants, and smartphones.

Bluetooth is an RF technology that operates at 2.4 GHz, has an effective range of 32-feet (10 meters) (this range can change depending on the power class), and has a transfer rate of 1 Mbps and throughput of 721 Kbps.

How is Bluetooth used?

A good example of how Bluetooth could be used is the ability to connect a computer to a cell phone without any wires or special connectors. The picture is an example of a USB Bluetooth adapter from SMC.

Below are some other examples of how Bluetooth can be used.

  • Bluetooth headphones - Headphones that can connect to any Bluetooth device.
  • Bluetooth keyboard and mouse - Wireless keyboards and mice.
  • Bluetooth speaker - Speakers that can connect to any Bluetooth audio device.
  • Bluetooth car - A car with Bluetooth can make hands-free calls in the car.
  • Bluetooth watch or health monitor - Bluetooth wrists devices can transmit data over Bluetooth to other devices.
  • Bluetooth lock - Door lock that can allow you to remotely lock and unlock a door.

What is the Bluetooth symbol?

Bluetooth symbol

The Bluetooth symbol resembles two and a half triangles pointing to the right. The symbol is a bind-rune, which is the symbol for "H" and "B" which is short for Harald Bluetooth, a Viking king from Denmark between 958 and 970 that help unite Denmark and Norway. It is named after Harald Bluetooth because the Bluetooth technology was designed as a universal wireless technology that can be used by everyone.

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