I purchased the Bluetooth dongle from the OSMC store and plugged it into my Vero 2.
After plugging it in I ran the command from the Bluetooth test post to install necessary Bluetooth software.
When finished installing, the Vero 2 restarted and hung on the OSMC startup screen. Nothing happened after an hour of showing the OSMC logo, so I re-plugged the power, and then it booted normally.
The first thing I noticed was the sound from the GUI was lagging, I then went in to settings for audio and changed from “OSMC streaming to Bluetooth speaker / headphones” to “AML-M8AUDIO, S/PDIF”, then the audio from the GUI was fine - no lagging.
Then I went into MyOSMC - Network, connected my iPhone 6s (iOS 9.3) to OSMC, everything went fine, paired with password. I then restarted the device.
Connecting my iPhone to OSMC went fine, but the sound is very sparky, and dropout all the time, it’s impossible to listen to. Tried to change back to “OSMC streaming to Bluetooth speaker / headphones” - same problem.
After a day went by I sat down to try again, first off the iPhone wont to connect to OSMC, I removed the device, and tried to connect it again - didn’t work. Then I restarted the Vero 2, and now the Bluetooth menu isn’t showing anymore, it’s gone. Have tried to use different USB port on the Vero 2 with no luck.
The dongle for the OSMC remote is plugged in the back, then on the right side furthest away I’ve plugged in my harddrive, and then the Bluetooth dongle.
I know this is testing, but since I purchased the dongle from the OSMC store and got a Vero 2 I thought it was a legit reason to make this post.
Hope you can help me out, thanks.
What was the intended use of the bluetooth dongle ? The “Bluetooth software” you installed from the testing thread is experimental support for bluetooth audio streaming, and it is still in an experimental status for all OSMC platforms, as described in the thread itself.
Bluetooth can also be used for other purposes such as bluetooth keyboards, mice and bluetooth remotes - these functions should work fine without installing any additional software.
Audio streaming is the intended use, and yes I know this is testing, but it worked fine on the Vero.
Therefore when it didn’t work on the Vero 2 I thought I could make this post, so you could see if it’s any obvious reason for it not to work.
Anyway, as you say, keyboard and mice should work, but how would I connect those if the Bluetooth menu is missing?
If a supported bluetooth adaptor is detected the Bluetooth option in MyOSMC->Network appears automatically.
From there you can search for and pair devices. If its a device like a keyboard it will just work after pairing. If its a device that sends audio then you’ll be able to pair it but it won’t actually be able to stream audio without the software in the testing thread installed.
The Vero 2 uses a different kernel to the Vero 1, it may be that some tweaks are required to get bluetooth audio streaming working properly there - I would imagine Sam is working on this.
Check that your Bluetooth dongle is inserted in a side, not rear port. If you still don’t see it in Network, then run dmesg and make sure it’s being detected.
The BT Audio streaming is extremely experimental. It was mainly developed in its early stage to evaluate demand and assess whether it’s feasible (latency, performance, etc). It will only work semi reliably with 5.1 on a Pi, and for other platforms (Vero 1, Vero 2, AppleTV), which use ALSA as the primary audio sink, it gets a bit trickier and only supports 2.0 at the moment.
We are working on improvements to Bluetooth audio streaming across all platforms. The dongle you purchased is the recommended one, so as we iron out problems in the future with Bluetooth playback, you can expect to see these improvements too
Should this work out of the box now? I bought a vero 2 and a bluetooth dongle, and I managed to pair the vero 2 with my onkyo 265 DAB, but I can not connect to it and consequently not stream audio to it.