Getting my geriatric laptop to play with whichever Wi-Fi network I'm using is always an adventure. Almost as fun as trying to pair my wireless headphones with the machine's non-existent Bluetooth connection. If only there were a single dongle to do both — easily.
What Is It?
A wireless networking dongle that brings both Bluetooth 3.0 High-Speed and 802.11n Wi-Fi to any PC with a USB port. Hello the future.
Who's it For?
People like me who have piece of shit laptops and would rather go on a three-day bender than buy fancy new ("up to date") machines.
It kinda looks like a piece of blister-pack gum, and it's only slightly larger than one.
Plug into USB port, install driver software. Away you go. Once up and running, the Cirago automatically scans for available Wi-Fi networks easily pairs with virtually all Bluetooth devices.
The Best Part
Sorry MacLover, this little guy is Windows-only.
This Is Weird...
The Bluetooth manager program consistently asks for a device password, regardless of whether it actually has one or not — like for my Arriva Leo headphones. "000000" seems to work in most cases.
• Network connection speeds using the dongle averaged slightly lower than using my laptop's internal radio on my test network (~48Mb/s external vs 54Mb/s internal)
Should You Buy It?
If you need something like this, then yes. It's a small, cheap and relatively speedy.
Cirago BT7300 Specs
Standards: Bluetooth 3.0 High-Speed, 802.11n Wi-Fi OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP Range: 10m Dimensions: 1.18 x 0.47 x 0.2 inches (3 x 1.2 x 0.52 cm) Price: $US40