Bluetooth FAQ: Installing the BluePlug with the Toshiba drivers and Discovering a Firefly, BluePort, or Blueport XP.

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 4, 2016 8:48:02 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in BluePlug, Blueport XP, Bluetooth, FireFly, General, Technical Support, toshiba, windos

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Browse the Bluetooth CD and navigate to \BU2073J\Toshiba XP,2K,ME,98SE V3.03.06\setup.exe. This will bring up the Toshiba Bluetooth stack for Windows setup screen. Click "Install" Navigate through the prompts, including the EULA. The software will prompt you to insert your Bluetooth device. Insert the BluePlug. Let the software finish installing. When it is done you will be prompted to restart your computer.

After restarting, you should see a Bluetooth icon in your task bar. Double clicking this icon brings you to the "Bluetooth Settings" screen. This is your main point of reference for anything Bluetooth on your computer. The main window displays all of your currently installed remote Bluetooth devices, such as a Firefly or Blueport XP. You can double click on a device pictured in this window to connect to it, or you can view its properties by clicking the detail button. You can also remove and uninstall the device by clicking the delete button.

To install your Firefly, BluePlug, or any other bluetooth device, click on the "New Connection" button. You will be presented with two choices, express mode or custom mode. In custom mode you can change the port number that you will use to connect to your Firefly or Bluetooth device. You will also be prompted to ensure your devices are discoverable. This is important. If you are installing a Firefly or Blueport XP, set the switches on the outside to match the settings below. Make sure the power is off while you do this, and that you turn the power back on after. Switches changed while the power is on will not take effect. The switches are usually labeled. If they are not, consult the manuals on the CD for diagrams.

Factory Defaults: OFF
Baud Rate: 9600
Auto Master: OFF
Auto Discover: ON

Once you have set your device to be discoverable, select either custom or express install and click next. Your BluePlug will begin to search for devices and a list of discovered devices will appear. If you have a Bluetooth enabled phone with its Bluetooth capability turned on and in range, your phone and BluePlug should be discovered by each other as well. Select which device you want to connect to and click next. The BluePlug will attempt to connect to the device. If prompted, enter the passkey 1234 for the Firefly or Blueport XP.

The next screen will prompt you to select which service of the device to use when connecting to a Firefly or Blueport XP. SPP will be the only option and is the serial port profile. Click next.

When in custom mode, you can now select which Com port to assign to the device. Click next. Your setup is now complete.
On the next screen is the opportunity to name the connection to this device and change the icon for it. Make your selections. Congratulations! You're Done! Now you can connect to your Firefly or BluePort in Hyperterminal or the Teraterm emulator included on the CD.

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Bluetooth FAQ: Installing the BluePlug with Windows drivers and Discovering a Firefly, BluePort, or BluePort XP.

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 14, 2015 1:45:45 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in BluePlug, Blueport XP, Bluetooth, bluetooth network connection, bluetooth network device, bluetooth radios, drivers, FireFly, General, Technical Support, Teraterm Emulator, toshiba, Windows

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On a Windows computer, the BluePlug drivers should install automatically in most cases. If it does not, you can direct Windows to search for the drivers. If this also does not work, use the Toshiba software found on the included CD under\BU2073J\Toshiba XP,2K,ME,98SE V3.03.06\setup.exe and see the instructions below for installing with the Toshiba drivers.

After installing with Windows drivers, confirm that it has installed correctly by making sure the BluePlug is listed in device manager. It should be listed on the top of the installed devices list under the Bluetooth Radios. To discover a Firefly or BluePort XP with your BluePlug, go to start -> control panel -> network connections. Here you should see your "Bluetooth Network Connection". Right click the icon and select "view Bluetooth Network Devices". Click the add button. This will start the "Add Bluetooth Device Wizard". Click "My device is set up and ready to be found". Alternatively, your BluePlug could also appear in your system tray, as a Bluetooth icon. You can right click this icon, and then click "add a Bluetooth device".

Set the switches on the outside of the Firefly or BluePort to match the settings below. Make sure the power is off while you do this, and that you turn the power back on after. Switches changed while the power is on will not take effect.The switches are usually labeled. If they are not, consult the manuals on the CD for diagrams.

Factory Defaults: OFF
Baud Rate: 9600
Auto Master: OFF
Auto Discover: ON

If you have a Bluetooth enabled phone with its Bluetooth capability turned on and in range, your phone and BluePlug should be discovered by each other as well.

Upon discovery of your BluePort or Firefly, there should be a window that tells you the BluePlug has found a device, listed in the form of "Firefly-xxxx", or "BluePort-xxx" where xxxx can be any alphanumeric string. This is the name of the Firefly or BluePort.

If prompted at any time, enter the passkey 1234 to connect. Now the Firefly will be installed on two virtual Com ports on your machine. One will be labeled outgoing, and the other incoming. Connect to the outgoing. Use a terminal emulator, such as Hyperterminal, set to;9600,8,n,1, vt100 to connect to the Firefly or Blueport. You can also use the Teraterm Emulator supplied on the CD located under \Teraterm\setup.exe. When you type data in the terminal window, you should see the amber data light flash on the Firefly or BluePort. This will verify that it is correctly installed and communication to it is occurring.

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Bluetooth FAQ: Bluetooth Product Comparison

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 7, 2015 7:41:33 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in BLE, BluePlug, Blueport XP, Bluetooth, FireFly, Fireplug, General, Technical Support

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Firefly
The Firefly is a Bluetooth class 1 Serial device with a db9 connector. It has 4 switches on the outside and 10 jumper pins on the inside for configuration. It can be connected to most serial devices and supports RX, TX, RTS, CTS, and GND. Power can come from the serial port, a standard wall adapter, or a usb port. It is available with a male or female DB9 connector.
BluePort XP
The BluePort XP is very much like the Firefly but it has a rechargeable battery. You can get 24 to 30 hours of continuous connection and transfer of data on a single charge. It supports the same serial signals and is configured mostly the same way as the Firefly. Power can come from the internal battery, a wall supply, or a usb port. It is available with a male DB9 connector.
BluePlug
The BluePlug is also a class 1 bluetooth device which attaches to a host computers' USB port. It installs as a bluetooth device and usually installs automatically with Windows. There are drivers on the included CD that will install it as well. Since it needs drivers to run, it cannot be installed on devices that aren't computers or that don't have some means of installing software.
FirePlug
The FirePlug is like the BluePlug, however it installs as a serial port instead of a bluetooth device. It can also be set to pair with another bluetooth device, such as a Firefly or BluePort XP upon power up automatically. There are more features on the FirePlug product page.
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A Quick Rundown of Firefly, Fireplug and Blueport XP

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 3, 2015 9:39:46 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Blueport XP, FireFly, Fireplug, General, Products, Tech Support, Technical Support

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Some of our clients have had problems understanding the functionality of our Firefly modules. We want to make sure that our products are used to their full capability so here is a mini users guide to those devices:

  • Switch 1 is used for factory reset. To reset your module to factory settings:
    • Raise switch 1.
    • Power cycle the device
    • Turn off and on twice to factory reset.
  • If you pair two Firefly modules, make sure the master has switches 2 and 3 lifted, and the slave has switch 2 lifted.
    • After the modules have connected, lower switch 2 on both of them and they will auto-lock as a pair.
  • Switch 4 is for baud rate.
    • Having the switch up is 9600 bps.
    • Having the switch down is the custom baud rate.

If you have any other questions about this product, or any of the other products on the Grid Connect website, please contact Matt at +1 (630) 245-1445 or +1 (800) 975-GRID (4743) for USA Toll Free.

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