[ How-To ] Linux Installation

Using the BTD-400 and BTD-400 on Ubuntu Linux and other distributions

Our BTD-400 and BTD-400 USB Bluetooth adapters are compatible with Ubuntu Linux and derivatives.  The required drivers are included with Ubuntu 12.04 and later.

For other Linux distributions, you’ll need to install the BlueZ Bluetooth stack and the BlueMan Bluetooth Manager.  Consult your distribution’s web site to see if the Bluez and Blueman software are available as a ready-to-install software package.

Turning on Bluetooth
1. Plug in the Bluetooth adapter
2. Click the Bluetooth Icon in the toolbar
3. Click "Turn on Bluetooth"

Connecting a Device
1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select Set Up New Device.
2. Make the other Bluetooth device discoverable or visible and place it within 10 meters (about 33 feet) of your computer. Click Continue. Your computer will begin searching for devices.
3. If there are too many devices listed, use the Device type drop-down to display only a single type of device in the list.
4. Click PIN options to set how a PIN will be delivered to the other device.
5. The automatic PIN setting will use a six-digit numerical code. A device with no input keys or screen, such as a mouse or headset, may require a specific PIN such as 0000, or no PIN at all. Check your device's manual for the proper setting.
6. Choose an appropriate PIN setting for your device, then click Close.
7. Click Continue to proceed. If you did not choose a preset PIN, the PIN will be displayed on the screen.
8. If required, confirm the PIN on your other device. The device should show you the PIN you see on your computer screen, or may prompt you to enter the PIN. Confirm the PIN on the device, then click Matches.

You need to finish your entry within about 20 seconds on most devices, or the connection will not be completed. If that happens, return to the device list and start again.

9. A message appears when the connection successfully completes. Click Close.

Set Playback Devices

1. Click the Speaker icon on the toolbar and select Audio Setup
2. Select the Audio Hardware Setup Tab
3. Click Profile drop-down box and select Off

Linux Driver Installation
The Linux kernels after June 2012 have the drivers for the Broadcom Bluetooth chipset.  They are present in Linux kernel versions 3.0.x, 3.2.x and 3.4.x.  It also present in Linux kernels 4.0 and above so no driver installation is required.

The KDE and GNOME desktop environments provide Bluetooth configuration and management utilities.  If not installed by default, you will need to install them with your Linux distribution’s package manager.
Debian, Linux, Ubuntu and Ubuntu derivatives usually have the Bluez Bluetooth stack installed by default along with a Bluetooth manager.  We recommend opening a terminal window and typing the following commands to install the necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install bluez blueman

The above command will install the Bluez Bluetooth stack and the Blueman Bluetooth manager.  If they are already installed, apt-get will report that the packages are already present on your system.

Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS have their own packages available.  The Fedora Project Wiki has an article on using Bluetooth and the required packages, below:
Bluetooth on Fedora

Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS
Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS have the Bluez Bluetooth stack that can be installed via the package management tool.