Can you recommend a Bluetooth dongle that support s version 5.3, not too terribly expensive and available in Europe? Preferably works out of the box on Ubuntu LTS, but compiling my own kernel is also acceptable.

For context my last attempt ended with one that only works with Windows 10, when no other Bluetooth receiver is connected. Cherry on top it needs troubleshooting wizard after each reboot.

  • @redcalcium@lemmy.institute
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    63 months ago

    Actually I haven’t been able to get Bluetooth 5 dongles to work on Linux. I only have success with Bluetooth 4 dongles.

    What are you going to use the Bluetooth dongle for? Connecting Bluetooth peripherals, or headphones? If it’s exclusively for Bluetooth headphones, using a Bluetooth audio dongle (which is detected as a USB audio device in Linux) works much better than using the Bluetooth 4.0 usb dongle for audio purpose because you can use low latency aptx codex and Bluetooth 5 without messing with random drivers from some github repos

    • @astrozoliOP
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      13 months ago

      This seems like a good resource for main components, I’ll definitely use it when I upgrade. Seems like for dongles I should need to know the chipset which is not listed on store pages.

  • Avid Amoeba
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    23 months ago

    I don’t know what’s available in Europe, but I’ve used Pluggable and StarTech dongles. They both work fine with Ubuntu without configuration. One of them is a Class 1 device, the other one Class 2. The Class 1 receiver has much better range and better connection stability. So the only useful thing I have to say is - look for a Class 1 receiver if you want the best range possible.

  • @RedWeasel@lemmy.world
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    23 months ago

    Does your laptop have a replaceable wireless card by chance? Could get a combo board with wifi and bluetooth like the intel ax series of boards if you can. I use a m.2 ax200 in my desktop.

    • @maiskanzler@feddit.de
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      I can really recommend those cards! They come in several sizes for laptop and desktop. I am not sure about USB. Just make sure you get the regular PCIe version and not the CNVio version (unless you have a compatible Intel Mainboard and somewhat recent processor). They differ in the naming, e.g. AX210/AX211 if I remember that right.

    • @astrozoliOP
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      13 months ago

      It’s a desktop and it’s too old to have m.2. However thanks for the suggestion, it’s something I’ll consider when I upgrade

      • @RedWeasel@lemmy.world
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        33 months ago

        If your system has a free PCIe slot you should be able to find a wifi card that will work. I personally am using an intel wifi board for bluetooth and have not had any problems with bluetooth. Their driver seems to be really stable on linux and in kernel and should be stable on windows as well. I got my m.2 card for about $20(usd) and wouldn’t expect that big of a difference for a standard PCIe card.

        Good luck in whatever you end up doing.

      • @RubberElectrons@lemmy.world
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        13 months ago

        I believe there are m.2 to pcie adapter boards. It’ll feel weird putting laptop components in a desktop, but the important thing will be that it works.

  • @thayer@lemmy.ca
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    3 months ago

    It seems that BT 5.3 in USB format is a challenge to find, let alone support under Linux. If 5.0 is acceptable, the TP Link UB500 uses an RTL8761B chipset which has been supported since around kernel 5.16.

    I have a few UB500 and UB400 adapters and both have worked OOTB without issue under Fedora.