[BTM] Re: Adding Bluetooth to a G5 Desktop

Robert Weller n6ne at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 23 09:36:58 PDT 2005

Hi Roger,

You can purchase the build-to-order bluetooth module
for your G5, but as I recall it is expensive -- about
US$100.  The main advantages of the BTO BT module are
stability, compatibility, and use of the built-in BT
antenna port.

The cheaper option is to purchase a USB BT module for
US$15, or so.  I added a 5-port USB PCI card to my G5.
 One of the USB ports is internal to the machine, so I
put the BT module there.  Even though the G5 case is
metal, the BT coverage is adequate if your
keyboard/mouse/mobile/whatever is close by.  

The problem that I ran into with that approach is that
the USB BT module stops working after a few days and
has to be unplugged and re-plugged, which is a hassle
when it is internal.  So, I ended up moving the USB BT
unit to one of the external USB ports.  This stability
issue appears only because I leave my G5 on 24/7.  If
you turn yours on and off each day, I expect that you
could leave the BT module internal without any

Good luck.

Bob W.

> Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 16:08:53 +0100
> From: Roger Houghton <mail at rogerhoughton.co.uk>
> Subject: [BTM] Adding Bluetooth to a G5 Desktop
> To: "A place to discuss Bluetooth on the Mac."
> 	<bluetooth-mac at listserver.themacintoshguy.com>
> I just bought a G5 desktop from Apple. As it was a
> refurb I didn't  
> have the option of adding Bluetooth. Could anyone
> recommend the best  
> way of doing so now? Apparently it can be added by
> an Authorised  
> Apple Servicer but I don't have one close by and
> don't know the cost.  
> Will a USB dongle work just as well? Any
> recommendations for one  
> offering Bluetooth 2?
> Thanks.
> --------------
> Roger Houghton
> Bath, England
> mail at rogerhoughton.co.uk

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