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This page discusses Bluetooth Drivers and how to properly identify and download them. It also explains the importance of keeping your drivers up-to-date and some of the challenges with updating Bluetooth Drivers. Note: You can automatically download the correct Bluetooth Drivers by downloading the DriverUpdate™ Utility below.

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Bluetooth Devices

A Bluetooth hardware device is a short range, wireless communication device. It uses short range radio frequencies that allow you to send and receive data between two separate Bluetooth-enabled devices, or operate as the medium for other communication devices such as Bluetooth headsets to mobile phones or even connect a mobile phone to a car stereo. Bluetooth is a technology developed by Ericsson in 1998. It's not often equipped as standard hardware in the larger portion of OEM computers today, but it is becoming more common as the demand for wireless capabilities increases.

Bluetooth is considered by many to be the best short range wireless communication device because...

  • Bluetooth operates on very little energy.

  • Bluetooth is secure as it provides for encrypted transmissions in 3 security modes and operates only in your personal area network (PAN).

  • Bluetooth creates a direct connection between two devices without wires.

  • Bluetooth radio frequencies can penetrate through solid objects.

  • Bluetooth is omni-directional and does not need to be in the line-of-sight to connect to a device.

  • Bluetooth chips cost less than $3 to produce.

  • Bluetooth is easy to use.

A Bluetooth hardware device requires a small piece of software called a driver to cooperate with the device it is a part of. In order for the other hardware devices, the operating system and various software applications to communicate, understand and work with the Bluetooth device, a driver specific to the Bluetooth device must be present. Without the driver, the Bluetooth device simply will not function.

Bluetooth Device Drivers

Drivers are updated frequently as changes to existing technology are implemented or new technologies arise. The Bluetooth device must be able to comply with the changes and recognize new technology in order to cooperate with other devices. Without the updated driver, your Bluetooth device may not function with new technology or comply with updated platforms. Drivers can be difficult to find and once they are found, can be tricky to install. Most drivers must be manually extracted, installed and registered with the Windows registry. Without the knowledge to do this, the driver will never be installed to the correct location and the Bluetooth device will fall further and further out-of-date, ceasing to comply with any standard of technology.

DriverUpdate can automate the entire process of updating your hardware device drivers. It accesses a massive cloud database containing millions of drivers and finds the most current drivers for your devices within the cloud. You can download DriverUpdate here or you can read this tutorial to learn how to update your Bluetooth device driver manually.

Common Problems with Bluetooth

Bluetooth device users can encounter a variety of different errors ranging from transmission interference to supporting software errors. A bluetooth device requires comparable technology to receive the signals that is sends and the devices must remain with proximity of one another or they will be out of the range of the short bluetooth frequencies. It's also not uncommon for driver errors to develop during the normal use of the device. The most common causes of Bluetooth devices failure include:

Common causes of failure...

  • The devices are out of range.
  • User attempting to transmit via Bluetooth with only one Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • The Bluetooth driver is missing or corrupt.
  • The Bluetooth driver is out-of-date.
  • A previous attempt to update the Bluetooth driver failed.
  • The Bluetooth devices have not been paired properly.
  • The password for accessing a secure transmission was entered incorrectly.
  • The Bluetooth device is broken.

Whatever the cause of the malfunction, the best step to take in the event of a Bluetooth device failure is to troubleshoot the issue beginning with the simplest component to replace: the driver. Drivers are free and can be obtained from the manufacturers website; however, this may become challenging. We have created a guide to manually fixing Bluetooth drivers, however, many users find it frustrating flipping through user manuals to obtain the correct device information and navigating through several pages and links to find a single file.

How To Easily Download BlueTooth Drivers

If you want to download your Bluetooth drivers the easy way, you should use the automated tool approach. An automated tool will scan your system and verify that each driver downloaded will be the right match to your devices. Manually downloading drivers incorrectly can cause problems such as computer freezes, blue screens, or devices not functioning properly to name a few. To make the process easier and safer use the Highly Recommended solution, DriverUpdate.

DriverUpdate takes the risk and hassle out of finding drivers manually. It automatically assesses your computer's hardware, then retrieves the appropriate drivers that are an exact match. Getting the right drivers at the start not only saves time, but minimizes the risk that the wrong driver may cause your hardware to stop working.

Avoid the hazards that manually downloading drives can cause. Instead, use a download tool that does the checking for you, ensuring that you get the right software the first time. ( Click Here To Download DriverUpdate )


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