Bluetooth Manager/9.2

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PC-BSD® 9.1 introduces a Bluetooth Manager in the system tray. This utility can be used to configure device pairing (authentication) and provides a graphical front-end to support FreeBSD's hcsecd(8)[1] daemon which controls the link keys and PIN codes which are used by Bluetooth pairing. FreeBSD supports all Bluetooth USB dongle devices that conform with Bluetooth specification v1.1. More information about FreeBSD's Bluetooth implementation can be found in the Bluetooth section of the FreeBSD Handbook[2].

To launch Bluetooth Manager, either click its icon in the system tray and select “Start Bluetooth Manager” or type pc-bluetoothmanager. If you plugin in a Bluetooth USB dongle device and click on the New Devices tab, it should be displayed as seen in the example in Figure 8.9a. If the device is not found, a message in the lower half of the screen will prompt you to put the device in discovery mode and then to rescan by clicking the Scan button.

Figure 8.9a: New Device Detected in Bluetooth Manager

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If the device, such as a cell phone, requires a PIN key in order to access a service, use the Saved Devices tab to view and configure pairing. In the example shown in Figure 8.9b, the configurations for several devices have been saved.

Figure 8.9b: Configure Bluetooth Pairing

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To configure a new pairing, highlight the device and click the Configure button. In the screen shown in Figure 8.9c, input the PIN code required by the provider. The system will automatically generate the link key for you.

Figure 8.9c: Input the PIN Code

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Since the developers do not have access to every possible Bluetooth device, it is possible that your device will not be recognized. If this is the case, please take the time to send the details about the device to the testing mailing list[3] so that the developers can work with you to fix the issue.

References


  1. http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=hcsecd
  2. http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/network-bluetooth.html
  3. http://lists.pcbsd.org/mailman/listinfo/testing