Add bluetooth to my Lenovo IdeaCenter K50

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  1. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Add bluetooth to my Lenovo IdeaCenter K50


    My K450 currently has a 1x1 11bgn Wireless LAN PCI Express Half Mini Card Adapter, no bluetooth.

    I'd like to add bluetooth. What WiFi card can I replace the one I have with that will work in a Lenovo IdeaCenter K450?

    I've searched the Lenovo K450 forum with no results. Surely someone has done this successfully.
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  2. Porthos's Avatar
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    I usually just add a USB adapter. Inexpensive and painless.
    https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Rec...s%2C879&sr=8-7
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  3. Posts : 2,016
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    Depends on what socket connector exactly.
    If it is a standard PCI-e Card then you can just replace it with another with suitable specs and install the driver. Or use a spare PCI-e slot.

    If it is a Laptop type of PCI-e Mini Card there maybe compatibility problems. In that case just do the above, bung in a standard PCI-e Card.

    https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-802-11AC...dp_ob_title_ce
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Looks like a USB dongle is the way to go. Leaves my existing WiFi alone and hopefully adds the bluetooth I need. I'll give that a try first. $14.99 from Amazon Prime is prettty reasonable.

    Thanks you both.
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Got the USB Wifi dongle (Asustek). Instructions written by English as a 2nd or 3rd language person, also not technically competent.
    #1, requires Run as Administrator to install driver from CD, did not saya that. Each time I launched autorun.exe it opened and immediately closed. Right click an Run as Administrator solved that. Rest of install was ok.

    Now to see if I can get Your Phone app to setup Call via my Cell Phone, no luck so far. Off to another thread if I can find it.
    @Porthos, thanks for the link to the dongle.
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  6. Porthos's Avatar
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    Now to see if I can get Your Phone app to setup Call via my Cell Phone, no luck so far.
    Can't help there. I have not messed with the your phone app.
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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Working on this here: Your Phone app not working
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    Could you fix it Ztruker?
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  9. Ztruker's Avatar
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    No, turns out my phone is too old. I have a 6 year old Moto G4. I'd need to spend $200+ to get e new phone to get this working. I'll wait till the Moto dies or Consumer Cellular no longer supports it before I'll spend $200+ for this.

    Bummer as it would have been nice to have.

    Right now I'm spending my spare money (oxymoron?) on parts for donated computers that are given to my churches Thrift Store. I repair them, load Win 10 when possible which is almost always and sell them cheap, mostly to people who don't have a lot of money. It's a pretty gratifying volunteer job. Amazon has been excellent for this as has eBay.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 10 May 2020 at 16:16.
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    Txs.
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