[blindkid] Pairing a Focus 40 to a Macintosh

David Thomas david.thomas at davidthetechguy.com
Sun Nov 17 01:58:08 UTC 2013


unfortunately 10.5 does not support Bluetooth braille displays. If you
have a computer passed 2007 that runs the Intel processor you could
always update the mac. If it is running power PC you will not ever be
able to upgrade. If you use USB it will work. Another thing to
remember is that Bluetooth is not a rock solid platform and for a kid
in school it needs to be as stable as possible. An example of a
Bluetooth problem I have had to trouble shoot is if I am under a
bright light the devices would not play together. For sanities sake
just use USB. Wireless technology is a pretty idea but Bluetooth and
other wireless technologies are not as relyable and not as secure.
Just use a cable and this will stop the frustration.

On 11/15/13, Richard Holloway <rholloway at gopbc.org> wrote:
> Yes, the computer sees the Focus and appears to pair, then it shows the
> Focus 40 by name as a paired device but shows it as not active. It did this
> as soon as we paired it. Nothing had gone to sleep and the focus was within
> 5 feet of the Mac, so it hadn't gone out of range...
>
> We didn't enter any name into the Mac, we just "discovered" the display, so
> the only way the Mac got the name was through Bluetooth discovery...
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 14, 2013, at 7:29 AM, Penny Duffy <pennyduffy at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Really odd question but is the bluetooth on the computer on?  Does it par
>> with otheer bluetooth devices? Beyond that clueless
>>> On Nov 12, 2013 5:45 PM, "Richard Holloway" <rholloway at gopbc.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> I have a Focus 40 BT I need to pair with a Macintosh G5, OS 10.5.8. The
>>> Mac sees the Focus 40 and after entering 0000 shows it "paired" on the
>>> paired devices list, but with the Focus 40 turned on, the Mac shows the
>>> Focus 40 as not connected.
>>>
>>> I suspect I'm missing a step. We can pair with an iPod and an iPad fine,
>>> and there were no other devices active when testing this, so it isn't
>>> that
>>> the Focus 40 was paired with anything else.
>>>
>>> Does anyone know the steps to follow or have a link to share? Seems it
>>> should be simple...
>>>
>>> Thanks so much.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
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