Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bluetooth pairing and switching in a modern world

I've been having trouble switching from device to device. I sent Jawbone an email and while it might be correct it's also a bunch of canned answers that I cannot accept as best practices. It's entirely possible that Bluetooth is fundamentally flawed.

This article spoke to me.

I'm sitting at my desk in my office. I have 5 Bluetooth capable computers and one phone that are paired with my Jambox and there is no way I am going to turn everything off in order to select the current active device. I suppose I could disable Bluetooth on all of the devices and then power the one device up... but that too, is annoying and not why or how I wanted to use this.

Until Bluetooth or Jawbone improves this process it appears I'm stuck.

CORRECTION - my android phone can take over from a connected Chromebook but not vice versa and not from another paired and active computer.

UPDATE: this might explain why the SmartLock only works some time and not all the local devices at the same time.

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