OSMC Bluetooth Connection to Speakers

This situation is a bit convoluted, so please read. Thanks in advance.

I have Kodi 17 OSMC running on Raspberry Pi 3. It is connected via HDMI to my TV, which is connected to my speakers with an AUX cable.

I also have a Bluetooth audio receiver attached to my speakers, so that I can play music from my laptop/phone. The problem is that the Bluetooth receiver must be turned on manually by pressing a button on it, and it turns off automatically if nothing is connected to it for 20 minutes. The Bluetooth receiver can have up to two devices connected to it at the same time.

So here is what I’m trying to do. I want the Bluetooth receiver to always be on, which means something needs to always be connected to it. Is there a way to always have my Raspberry Pi (running OSMC) connected to it? It doesn’t necessarily need to play the audio from Kodi; the Raspberry Pi just needs to maintain a connection so that the Bluetooth receiver doesn’t turn off.

I am not sure if my question is very clear so I here is a diagram I threw together :slight_smile:


The Bluetooth connection will be in idle mode when nothing is playing and your speaker will shutdown.
So you would need to keep the audio up on that link. But due to the current quality of the a2dp implementation I would not suggest that

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What you need is a Bluetooth audio adapter with a standby and auto-connect function for paired devices like this one: http://amzn.eu/bXnpThU

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