How to use USB bluetooth instead of internal

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
August 24, 2020 at 12:05:13
Specs: Windows 10, Core i7
Hello all--
Started WFH a while ago, and apparently my house is a big ol' Faraday cage, as I can't walk down the hallway out of my "office" without my bluetooth headset disconnecting (about 15 feet). I've been using the integrated bluetooth on my laptop. So I purchased a theoretically more powerful Class 1 USB dongle,but I don't know how to have the computer use it instead of the internal one. I never saw an install message when I first plugged it in, and I don't know enough about Device Manager to discern if the system actually sees it. I don't think it's just automatically being used, because my range hasn't increased at all.

Let me know what additional info I need to provide.


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August 24, 2020 at 14:42:42
Not something I’ve ever done.. but there are extenders.

This uk site shows some:

And a search for

Bluetooth extenders

will bring up many more.

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August 24, 2020 at 15:29:22
Bluetooth doesn't have much of a range, although I'd think 15 feet should be no problem. Here's some info on that:

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August 28, 2020 at 14:30:14
The USB dongle that I bought is Class 1, with a theoretical range up to 160 meters. I know that's only theoretical, under ideal conditions, but it should still give me a better range than what I'm getting now. However, as I said I'm not sure how to start utilizing the dongle and not the internal blutooth of the laptop.

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August 28, 2020 at 15:18:08
These links may offer a few methods?

I suspect the first link may be more current and helpful re' win-10?

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September 1, 2020 at 06:54:54
Go to device manager and search for Bluetooth > select your Bluetooth connection, then right-click on it and click on Disable; thus, your internal Bluetooth will be disabled. Then as you insert the external Bluetooth, it will start working.

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September 5, 2020 at 17:18:46
I've got multiple entries in Device Manager for Bluetooth.

Disabling "Intel Wireless Bluetooth" shuts down everything

3 other entries directly related to my headset (they reference the brand) also disable that (even with the Microsoft one still active).

Plugging in the new adapter does not generate a new entry in the bluetooth devices. I'm thinking maybe it just isn't recognized.

sorry the response took a while; couldn't risk messing things up irretrievably during a workday!

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September 11, 2020 at 02:32:25
That's so classic. I once had to gothrough an entire work day with a mouse that was only working half the time, because i coudln't risk it stopping to work entirely...

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