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Are there any Bluetooth experts out there?

Asked by elbanditoroso (15500 points ) July 7th, 2014

I’m working on a project where the employee would be in a warehouse, carrying an Android or iPad tablet, a bluetooth barcode reader (to read the item barcodes), and a small bluetooth printer. In that way, the person could, in one action: (a) scan and grab the item, (b) have the tablet upload the revised inventory status, and© print out a packing/routing slip for the item.

Does Bluetooth support more than one active connection at a time?

[I know that the Bluetooth standard says that a device should, to be compliant, support up to 7 active connections. But… not all standards are implemented fully.]

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funkdaddy's avatar

Not a bluetooth expert, but I haven’t run into anything that won’t support multiple connections. You can have a bluetooth speaker going and using other items pretty easily and I’ve done that with 3 or 4 devices. (laptop, phone, tablet)

Sounds like a great project, but that’s a lot to haul around a warehouse, most tablets can do barcodes with their cameras and maybe print where your packaging is?

2davidc8's avatar

I think it depends on the device. For example, I have a Bluetooth speaker that will connect to a laptop or an iPad, but not both at the same time. On the other hand, the iPad will connect to the speaker and a separate keyboard at the same time.

nettodo's avatar

It definitely depends on the type of main device used and the type of auxillary devices being connected, as @2davidc8 said.

As @funkdaddy intimated, the Bluetooth scanner may be unnecessary, given the abilities of tablets these days.

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