Bluetooth devices have made communication between devices trouble-free. The untidiness that wires create and how crazy it can be tracing them. Transfer of data from one device to another without worries of a wired connection, thanks to Bluetooth technology.
Bluetooth is the most popular and widely used wireless connectivity in the world. It is one of many wireless technologies used for tirelessly transferring data between two or more devices. A Bluetooth device is a Bluetooth-enabled device that can be called a Bluetooth device.
Bluetooth devices come with a tiny computer chip that transfers data over a short radiofrequency. Bluetooth devices can be mobile phones, computers, earphones, media players, speakers, keyboards, mouse, printers, digital cameras, and even doors. Many gadgets come with Bluetooth so they could share whatever signals they need without any wires at all.
As we take a close look at Bluetooth devices, we will get knowledge about the brief history of Bluetooth. How they work, their different power grade, and examples of devices that are Bluetooth-enabled.
The Bluetooth symbol
The way the Bluetooth symbol looks it resembles the letter B with two straight wings. The Bluetooth symbol is a bind-rune amalgamating the Younger Futhark runes ᚼ, Hagall and ᛒ, Bjarkan, consist of letters “H” and “B,”. The initials for Harald Bluetooth, a Denmark Viking king who united Denmark and Norway during his rule. Bluetooth technology is an innovation that was designed as a universal wireless technology that can be utilized by everyone.
The Bluetooth Special interest group (Bluetooth SIG) is the owners of the Bluetooth word mark, figure mark, and combination mark. They are the administrative organization that provides the gold standard for the development of Bluetooth standards. They also issue the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers. The BSIG is a non-profit, non-stock corporation founded in September 1998 headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. USA.
How Bluetooth Devices Work
Bluetooth devices work using a radio frequency technology with about 79 channels that operate at 2.45 GHz. Bluetooth devices have an effective range of 32-feet (10 meters). This range may vary and increases depending on the version of Bluetooth.
Bluetooth devices by design detect and pair to one another. You can add up to eight of them and connect at sending and receiving data simultaneously. They don’t get in the way of one another. Because each pair of devices uses a different one of the 79 available channels.
If two devices want to pair, for example, cell phone and a Bluetooth earphone. They randomly select a particular channel and if that channel is already taken, they automatically switch to any available channel. This is through a technique known as spread-spectrum frequency hopping.
Power Grade of Bluetooth Devices
The various versions of Bluetooth have different power grade that governs the range over which a Bluetooth device can operate. The most powerful and can operate up to 100m (330ft). The most widely recognized kind work up to 10m (33ft), and the least powerful. They don’t go much beyond 1m (3.3ft). Below are the different versions of Bluetooth devices showing their range and features.
- Bluetooth 1.0: The basic Bluetooth version of Bluetooth with the lowest range of 1m/3.3ft. However, Cell phones are no longer using this Bluetooth this adaptation and it is rarely found on cell phones.
- It has a restricted speed of 1mbs and trouble paring.
- Bluetooth 2.0: The most well-known version of Bluetooth in the earlier days when phones were not as advanced. It supports enhanced data rates (EDR) up to 3 Mbps, has a range of 10m/ 33ft, and V2.1. Iteration significantly simplified the pairing procedure making it more practical and easy to use.
- Bluetooth 3.0: this very version of Bluetooth has the same range as the V2.0. The speed limitations of version 2.1 and also improved in this Bluetooth 3.0, with the optional High-Speed feature (HS). This allows the Bluetooth module to transmit over an adjacent radio (802.11). The limitation of Bluetooth 3.0 is that it consumes a lot more power than Bluetooth 2.x.
- Bluetooth 4.0: The high-speed capability of Bluetooth 3.0 is the same with Bluetooth 4.0. It also comes with a Low Energy feature, which can operate in a higher range up to 100m/330ft. Smart ready to collect data from the sensors of low rate devices. When connected with devices like wearable smartwatches, heart monitors, mobile phones, and smart headphones. This feature allows the Bluetooth module to reduce power consumption.
- Bluetooth 5.0: The latest version of Bluetooth better suited for any device and Internet of Things (IoT). It speculated to cover twice the bandwidth of Bluetooth 4.0 and four times the range. An additional feature of Bluetooth 5.0 is Slot Availability Masking (SAM) which can detect and prevent interference on neighboring bands. For more efficient use of broadcasting channels.
Why Bluetooth Devices Experience Pairing and Connection Problems
First things first, for Bluetooth to work at all, it depends on both hardware and software. Any device that is not without Bluetooth won’t be able to connect.
Designed in a way to be compatible with older versions, Bluetooth technology, For example, Bluetooth devices that come with version 5.0 should still be able to pair with other Bluetooth devices using, say, Bluetooth 2.1, launched back in 2007.
Pairing problems come with some gadgets used across all sorts of areas such as healthcare, fitness, security, proximity, and Home Automation that come with a low-energy version called Bluetooth Smart, which works on a different protocol than older Bluetooth devices.
Bluetooth devices that come smart ready are not backward compatible and won’t discover or pair with older devices that support Classic Bluetooth. An old phone incorporated Bluetooth 3.0 won’t be able to connect to a Bluetooth Smart device.
However, Bluetooth smart and classic connect if the Bluetooth device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, 4.2, or 5.0. It should discover and pair with both Bluetooth Smart and Classic. A large number of smartphones are Bluetooth Smart compatible. That includes iPhones running iOS 7 and newer, Android phones running 4.3 or newer.
Your phone is running the latest version of its operating system to be able to enjoy the connectivity of Bluetooth technology. If your device isn’t new enough to run relatively current software, you may not be able to pair it with many smart devices.