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ivan

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Bluetooth
« on: September 04, 2016, 12:38:52 am »
I have just finished setting up a set of Bluetooth enabled devices for a friend.

This got me wondering, since it can be done on Linux could it also be done on OS/2? 

Yes, I know that we don't have the drivers, but some excellent programmers are porting such things from Linux. 

From what I can find out Bluetooth dongles are USB WiFi using a spread spectrum @ 2.5GHz and in that respect require a software driver just like normal WiFi only setup to account for the frequency hopping. 

Dave Yeo

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Re: Bluetooth
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2016, 07:30:28 am »
There's no reason that given the drivers, we couldn't have a full bluetooth stack. Sadly we don't even seem to have the knowledgeable programmers to port up to date wireless networking, or at least with time to do it.

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Re: Bluetooth
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2016, 03:41:43 pm »
I occasionally use Bluetooth with OS/2. It's wonky, but I set up VNC, an iPhone and whatever bluetooth peripherals I want.
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Re: Bluetooth
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2016, 06:27:49 pm »
There's no reason that given the drivers, we couldn't have a full bluetooth stack. Sadly we don't even seem to have the knowledgeable programmers to port up to date wireless networking, or at least with time to do it.

Take a look at this:
http://trac.netlabs.org/multimac/browser/trunk/mmiwn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijR2BkcXLk0&list=PLJyS_HMshAZloA5SEjoopTFm1U3yoBQaa
Also David from Arca Noae comments in the first 4 minutes about Wireless drivers and what is happening.
So it does seem its being worked, but based on what he says its a pretty big bunch of work.

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Re: Bluetooth
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2016, 07:19:32 pm »
Yes, David is trying to find time but he is one of the few and has a lot on his plate. Here he seems to have recompiled the BSD driver and did some testing which is good but from the readme,
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WARNING:
4    THIS IS AN UNFINISHED, EXPERIMENTAL DRIVER. This driver has
5    passed initial tests and appears to work. However, you may
6    experience problems including hangs, failures, traps, etc.
7    THERE IS CURRENTLY NO SUPPORT FOR THIS DRIVER. USE AT YOUR
8    OWN RISK. Since the FreeBSD driver is simply compiled to run
9    on OS/2, there is no development, no debugging, and no support
10    for that part of the driver. Development is continuing on the
11    interface between the FreeBSD driver and and OS/2 so that part
12    should continue to improve.
13   
14   
15   Info
16   ====
17   
18   This is an NDIS driver for Intel WiFi Link 4965 and 1000/5000/6000
19   Series 802.11 network adapters.
20   This source code from the FreeBSD "iwn" driver has been compiled,
21   unmodified, to run on OS/2.