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Windows 7: Bluetooth Problem

11 Jun 2014   #1
thesaint

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Bluetooth Problem

I have purchased a Polar heart rate monitor (chest-band). It transmits "smart" bluetooth.
My Windows 7 only receives "classic" bluetooth.
So, I've ordered from Amazon a usb bluetooth receiver which will receive "Classic" or "Smart" signals.
This may solve half the problem but part 2 is that I cannot find a heatbeat application which will load onto W7.
I do also have a chromebook which can pair with the Polar device - but being a Chromebook I cannot load an application onto that either.
I also have a 2012 asus Nexus 7. It can install a suitable application - but its bluetooth is only "Classic".
Will I find a solution before my suspect heart wears out!


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11 Jun 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It would seem the vendor of the heart monitor is lacking in support if it won't work on modern devices. Have you contacted them for new firmware/software?
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11 Jun 2014   #3
thesaint

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for trying to help "Britton 30".
However; you have misunderstood my problem. The Polar device is up to date as it transmits on the "Smart" bluetooth system - but my W7 & N7 only receive Bluetooth on the old "Classic" bluetooth system.
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11 Jun 2014   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I got that part, but you also say the programs won't load, or there is none?
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11 Jun 2014   #5
thesaint

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The heart-rate system is intended to work in the following manner:- Wear the monitor belt in front of your heart. This monitor sends out a "Smart" bluetooth signal. When a computer equipped with a "Smart" Bluetooth receiver picks up that signal, it pairs the Computer and remote monitor belt. Then you use an application you have had to install on the computer. This application collects the heartbeat information and displays and stores it within its program. It seems that these applications can only be installed on newer Smartphones or tablets. Not on older systems such as W7 or my N7
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11 Jun 2014   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Oh, OK. It may be designed that way since Bluetooth has a very short range? I mean, I don't they would anticipate a user just sitting with a monitor nor carrying a PC, of course.
It kind of makes sense one would want a portable device to see the results.
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11 Jun 2014   #7
thesaint

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes; you are probably correct that a larger computer would not usually be available whilst using a heart rate monitor. However it is disappointing that I cannot use my tablet with it.
I have just realised that you seem to have been very tolerant to my query; you could have said "You do not need all that equipment to just check your heartrate, you could just manually take your pulse".
Well, I get an irregular heartbeat and the appropriate equipment picks up and displays that occurrence.
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11 Jun 2014   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You need a Bluetooth adaptor that conforms to BT-4.0 or above. Preferably BT-4.1. This is relatively new so I doubt that you'll see the 4.0 adaptor installed in devices prior to last year or this year for 4.1. Just browsing the Polar site reveals they support numerous monitors and some have software available. You might try the support area and see what they have.

Polar Support.
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11 Jun 2014   #9
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Digging a little deeper in that site makes me think you purchased the wrong product. The monitors seem to all be designed for mobile use. Polar even supplies the mobile app for some devices while suggesting others that are available. The problem is the device I looked at (Wearlink+) was designed for smart phone use. And I'm confused about the Bluetooth requirement. It's says it's BT-2.0 compatible.
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11 Jun 2014   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thesaint View Post
Yes; you are probably correct that a larger computer would not usually be available whilst using a heart rate monitor. However it is disappointing that I cannot use my tablet with it.
I have just realised that you seem to have been very tolerant to my query; you could have said "You do not need all that equipment to just check your heartrate, you could just manually take your pulse".
Well, I get an irregular heartbeat and the appropriate equipment picks up and displays that occurrence.
Not at all, I have heart issues myself but no monitoring.

It should have been made so the Bluetooth is backwards compatible with earlier versions.
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