The next review from the box of Bluetooth products we've received from Bluetake (see the Bluetake BT400 GII headset review for other review of Bluetake's products), we installed and used two USB adapters.
Both products are adequate for Bluetooth users, and choosing one or the other really depends on what are the user's requirements.
BT007SV USB dongle
The BT007SV is a Class 1 device, with a 100m range in open areas. It's a dongle, which means it has a little "tail", with a USB connector at the end.
The installation CD comes with the latest software version currently available (188.8.131.52), and it was very easy to install. Manuals are available in Adobe Acrobat format.
The software supports Audio Gateway, Headset, Dial Up, LAN Access, PIM Sync, Fax, and File Transfer. For users of Windows 98 and Windows ME who want to enable LAN Access, the CD contains a trial version of Winroute Lite.
I've installed this on my notebook and proceeded to pair with my mobile phones (T39m, Nokia 3650), Pocket PC (H3970) and desktop (TDK). No interoperability problems here, all fine! When I tried to use LAN Access I was happy to find out that it implements the LAN Access as a virtual network adapter (widcomm 1.3) instead of a Direct Serial connection (widcomm 1.2). The result is a very nice and fast connection. I've used it while working in my laptop, transferring files to my desktop, with a nice average speed.
The whole setup time in my case took less than 10 minutes, including pairing other devices.
BT009SV USB adapter
The BT009S is a Class 2 device, with a 10m range in open areas. It's an adapter, which means it connects directly to the USB port, althoug an extension is provided with the product.
As in the BT007SV case, the installation CD comes with the latest software version currently available (184.108.40.206), and it was very easy to install. Manuals are available in Adobe Acrobat format.
Again, the software supports Audio Gateway, Headset, Dial Up, LAN Access, PIM Sync, Fax, and File Transfer. For users of Windows 98 and Windows ME who want to enable LAN Access, the CD contains a trial version of Winroute Lite.
With this product the users also receive a full copy of WinFax Pro 10.0. With this software and the Bluetooth adapter, users are able to send and receive faxes using Bluetooth enabled mobile phones. For tele-workers this is a great tool.
One of the reasons most people contact support is for updated drivers. I don't think you need in this case. All products came with the latest widcomm stack version 1.3, and the software is also available from the company's website. Very good , knowing that other manufacturers don't provide updated drivers!
As I posted in the previous review the Bluetake website is very complete. They provide a good range of information about their Bluetooth products, including guides on how to pair and use each product with other existing Bluetooth devices. For instance, you'll find a complete list of mobile phones and detailed guides on how to pair with each mobile and how to use it for different things, like dial up, GPRS, fax and printing. It's really worth a visit.