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I was over at a relative's house, and trying to connect my bluetooth, and my Android phone and Windows 8 PC's were picking up a "Roku Player" via bluetooth.

Funny thing is, my relatives have virtually no technology, as I set up all of their tech items, like a recent Chromecast. They definitely do not have a Roku player. They live in a one story house, neighboring homes 20-50 yards away, with brick fences and of course external home structures / dry wall in the way.

Is it possible for bluetooth to transmit at those distances? I though bluetooth should only be 10-20 feet, so it would be impossible for a neighbor's Roku Player to be detectable via Bluetooth, especially in pairing mode, for several hours.

I was trying to connect my bluetooth Canon mouse [canon.com] to my PC devices, and I wonder my Canon mouse could somehow have been misidentified by Windows... but the funny thing is my Android phone also picked the Roku player in pairing mode.

I don't own any Roku players with bluetooth - I understand the bluetooth is only used for remote purposes, but I still would find it odd for the remote / player to be in constant pairing mode even if it was a neighbor's Roku player.

Any thoughts on this one from anyone familiar with bluetooth Roku player tech or bluetooth connectivity in general?

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class 1 BT devices have a range of ~100m - I don't know what the Roku player is, but if somehow it was intended to stream video via BT, I could see it happening
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I believe Roku 3 supports Bluetooth through it's updated remote.


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Thanks guys, the odd thing is the Roku player is only detected when I turn on my Canon mouse and try to pair it...

I'm wondering if there's a glitch with the bluetooth detection where it interprets the mouse as being a Roku player also.

I find it hard to believe that a neighbor's Roku Player is always in pairing mode... very odd.
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Thanks guys, the odd thing is the Roku player is only detected when I turn on my Canon mouse and try to pair it...

I'm wondering if there's a glitch with the bluetooth detection where it interprets the mouse as being a Roku player also.

I find it hard to believe that a neighbor's Roku Player is always in pairing mode... very odd.
Did your Canon mouse manage to pair?
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Did your Canon mouse manage to pair?
Yes it did. No problems but was a little tricky pairing in that it took a little bit to be recognized.
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Just a couple stories about bluetooth I've run into.

Just bought my daughter a hands free blueant sense visor speaker because she drives around allot with a phone on her lap. One drawback in reviews was you have to remember to turn the blueant off when exiting the car because of the range of the bluetooth. If it's not turned off and you exit the car to go inside the house, the blueant will get the calls in the car and the phone wont ring.

Another bluetooth story: I went to a walmart photo kiosk with a friend to help her transmit some photos bluetooth to an HP photo printer. While pairing with the machine, two bluetooth devices were detected. (This will sound weird.) One was the kiosk itself, the other came up as "FBI surveillance car # something" Freaked me out all day thinking about that bluetooth hit.
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Just a couple stories about bluetooth I've run into.

Just bought my daughter a hands free blueant sense visor speaker because she drives around allot with a phone on her lap. One drawback in reviews was you have to remember to turn the blueant off when exiting the car because of the range of the bluetooth. If it's not turned off and you exit the car to go inside the house, the blueant will get the calls in the car and the phone wont ring.

Another bluetooth story: I went to a walmart photo kiosk with a friend to help her transmit some photos bluetooth to an HP photo printer. While pairing with the machine, two bluetooth devices were detected. (This will sound weird.) One was the kiosk itself, the other came up as "FBI surveillance car # something" Freaked me out all day thinking about that bluetooth hit.
It may have just been a smartazz who named his Bluetooth that way.
Here's a similar story. [gawker.com]
I would have been pretty flipped out if I'd been in your shoes.
When you think about it, the FBI wouldn't ever name any of their equipment like that, to give them away so easily.
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It may have just been a smartazz who named his Bluetooth that way.
Here's a similar story. [gawker.com]
I would have been pretty flipped out if I'd been in your shoes.
When you think about it, the FBI wouldn't ever name any of their equipment like that, to give them away so easily.
Good story and I'll hope it was a spoof. I kept wondering what kinda bluetooth equipment could they have that could reach from the parking lot into the store. Then I thought, what a novel way to eavesdrop on people with bluetooth enabled and why not mask the signal on their end.

Regarding the blueant sense, left on when you leave the car it's supposed to reconnect when you get back in. Several reviews say it will stay connected even if you're in a building where it's parked nearby and why one should turn it off.
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they should have a reduced range option. like 6ft or something.
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