Bluetooth

Why Can't I Connect My Bluetooth PS4 Controller To My PC?

DualShock 4

Episode 1745

Alex from Covina, CA

Alex recently built a new PC with an AMD 8 core processor. But he can't connect a Bluetooth PS4 controller to it. It can detect his cell phone, but not his controller. Leo says that if he can pair it to other devices, then he should try reconnecting it to the PS4 and see if there's an update to the controller. If there is, update it. Then try again!

How can I connect a GoPro without a smartphone?

GoPro Hero 9 in Black

Episode 1738

Mike from Anchorage, Alaska

Mike runs a CNC machine to create custom precision parts that he sells on eBay. He thought it would be cool to get a GoPro camera and mount it to his machine to grab some CNC footage of what he makes or to monitor the machine as it runs. But he doesn't have a cellphone, so how can he see the live feed? Leo says that's a problem. But Mike could use an iPod Touch and connect to it that way. So if he doesn't want a smartphone, the Touch is a smartphone without the phone and it'll have both Bluetooth and WiFi. That's the way to do it, and you don't need the most expensive one either. 

How Can I Connect My Computer to a Bluetooth Radio?

Digital FM Transmitter 2 for Sending Near Broadcast Quality

Episode 1737

David from Greensboro, NC

David wants to know if he can put Bluetooth stereo in the house and then listen to them from his computer? Leo says it depends on how close they are to the room. Bluetooth has a range of about 33 feet. If the computer doesn't have Bluetooth, then he can buy a Bluetooth receiver that can plugin and then pair it to the radio. But why do that when he can just listen to streaming audio online from services like IHeartRadio or Pandora? Or even his favorite radio station's website will have a listen now option.

What Wireless Printer Should I Buy?

Episode 1709

Max from Newport Beach, CA

Max is looking for a small and simple wireless printer that's easier to use. Leo says that most printers are wireless these days, connecting to the network. An inkjet is probably the best if one needs color, but understand that they'll need to use it regularly in order to keep the ink flowing without getting the heads clogged. If one seldom uses it, a color laser printer is the best bet, but the colors aren't bright and not for printing photos. 

Can I Connect My Xbox Controller to My Desktop?

fortnite

Episode 1707

Aaron from LA, CA

Aaron's kids play a lot of Fortnite on the Xbox, but it's only a one-player game and he has two kids. So he bought a refurbished Dell computer for $150 and added a graphics card to it. Is there a way to hook the Xbox controller to the computer? Leo says you can, even wirelessly. But recently, the Xbox controller has stopped working even though it works with Microsoft's Xbox app. It doesn't work with Fortnite. Leo says to try using Bluetooth, but it's possible that Anti-Cheating features are blocking it because desktops may have an advantage through tricks and hacks like Aimbots.

Why Do My Bluetooth Headphones Sound Bad?

Bluetooth

Episode 1707

Paul from Columbus, OH

Paul recently bought a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones. Leo says they are fine. Not great, but good enough. Paul complains though, that after ten minutes, the sound drops and gets garbled. Leo says that's a Bluetooth issue that's likely specific to that model. Worth returning or exchanging. Leo says he has the older version, which works well. He may want to try the Aeropex.  At the end of the day though, Bluetooth is just terrible, because it handles far more bandwidth than it was designed for. 

Choose Wired Keyboards Over Wireless Keyboards

Bluetooth Keyboards and Bluetooth mice (or is it mouses?) are notorious for disconnecting for various reasons. Whether it's the battery dying or some kind of interference nearby, the annoyances often do not justify the benefits of having cordless keyboards/mice. Leo practically insists on going for wired keyboards for greater reliability, especially for those jobs on-the-air or for action gamers who play online.