ASUS USB-BT211 Bluetooth Dongle


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by mlepage » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:05 am
I ordered one of these, should arrive in a day or two. I have been trying to ascertain whether it will work with the Raspberry Pi (Wheezy distro).

I believe it's an Atheros chipset, not Broadcom. But I've been reading that Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) is the best chipset to use with Raspberry Pi.

Does anyone have these Atheros chipset Bluetooth dongles working with the Raspberry Pi? Is there any hope this will work? Or should I already start searching for a different dongle? (Maybe I can cancel my order before it ships...)
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by CCitizenTO » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:42 pm
I have one I plugged in it just says 'No Firmware Detected' which should in theory be an easy enough fix.

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pi@raspberrypi:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0cf3:3000 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR3011 Bluetooth (no firmware)
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
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by oz123 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:00 pm
Well, I bought this dongle too, and issuing "hcltool dev" list nothing, although I have the firmware installed (firmware-atheros package) .
I'm sick of Atheros and Realtek :x

Anyone has an idea?
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by oz123 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Well, the problem is probably that the RPI board can't so to current required both for WLAN and BT on the ports. It's short circuting.
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by CCitizenTO » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:06 am
oz123 wrote:Well, the problem is probably that the RPI board can't so to current required both for WLAN and BT on the ports. It's short circuting.


I was actually using a USB Hub... That said it looks like the latest version of Raspbian has support for the ASUS USB-BT211. (I've also got my EW-7811Un working too thanks to the script written)

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Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05e3:0610 Genesys Logic, Inc. 4-port hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 05e3:0610 Genesys Logic, Inc. 4-port hub
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 7392:7811 Edimax Technology Co., Ltd EW-7811Un 802.11n Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8188CUS]
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 0cf3:3005 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR3011 Bluetooth
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by rem736 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:39 am
sorry to ask, but how do you actually pair a mouse and keyboard with the bt211? i have one of these and it shows up fine with a "lsusb" command. however, there is no physical pairing button on the bt211. so how did you do it? thanks.
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