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Portsmith daptaPort Bluetooth FAQ
Model: PSA5BT1E
As of: 27, Feb 2015 (jeff edit)
What is the product’s name?
  • Portsmith daptaPort Bluetooth
What is the product’s model number?
  • PSA5BT1E  (PortSmith Adapter 5 Bluetooth to 1 Ethernet)
Where is it certified for use?
  • North America, EU, Japan, Australia, New Zealand
What ships in the box?
  • daptaPort Bluetooth
  • 5V power supply with mains pins for worldwide use
  • Ethernet cable
When will the daptaPort Bluetooth be available?
  • Limited demonstration / test devices available.
  • What is List Price? $ 289  /  €265  / £ 230.
  • Are you offering special prices for test devices?
What is the range of the daptaPort Bluetooth?   
  • 10 meters / 30 feet, line of sight.
  • Class 2 (2.5mW) radio, obstructions and interference will affect the range.
  • Is the range programmable?
    • Not in initial release.
    • How do you change it?
      • Through Portsmith PortDox Management application
How many Bluetooth connections can I have?
  • How many devices can pair with each daptaPort Bluetooth?
    • As many as required. We will eventually charge for number of pairings
  • How many devices can connect concurrently?
    • Five.
  • What happens when an extra device tries to connect?
    • It will not be allowed to connect until one there is an available open connection.
  • What happens to waiting devices when one of the connected devices disconnects?
    • Any other waiting devices can request to connect as implemented manually by the user of the device wanting to connect as an on demand use case.
Do devices connect automatically?
  • At launch, no -  they will not connect automatically but under the control of the application resident on the hand-held  as an on demand use case.
  • Portsmith is planning an application for upcoming release which will assist in managing the automatic connection of the device to the daptaPort Bluetooth in various conditions.
    • Dock / undock
    • Charging power attached / unattached
    • Proximity
    • Polling the daptaPort Bluetooth for an open connection
    • Priority connecting to an alternate daptaPort Bluetooth in the event the primary daptaPort Bluetooth is fully engaged.
    • Bluetooth disconnect or shutdown based no activity
    • Some of these conditions will be dependent on the capability present in individual hand-helds that Portsmith will have no control over.
  • Further details will be posted on the website, until then you can use:-
What version of Bluetooth does the daptaPort Bluetooth support
  • The daptaPort Bluetooth supports Bluetooth 2.1  and is downward compatible to 2.0 and 1.1
  • Portsmith plans for the daptaPort Bluetooth to be upgradable to Bluetooth 3.0 in the future without any changes to the hardware.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 is ubiquitous in the marketplace and allows Portsmith to bring to market a product with a robust and proven Bluetooth firmware.  (The majority of the market.)
  • When will BT version 3.0 be supported?
    • TBD
Will Bluetooth version 4.0 (BT-LE) devices connect?
  • Depends on device – it may connect at Bluetooth 2.1 device.
  • Will the daptaPort Bluetooth be capable of Bluetooth 4.0
    • No the radio on the daptaPort Bluetooth is Bluetooth 3.0 compatible which will allow Portsmith an upgrade path form Bluetooth 2.1 to 3.0 without a hardware change.
What protocol is used?
  • PAN Personal Area Networking
Can a non-approved power supply be used?
  • The power supply provided with the daptaPort Bluetooth is qualified and certified with the daptaPort Bluetooth as part of its overall design.  Use of a power supply other than what is provided may damage the daptaPort Bluetooth and will cause regulatory and other certifications to become null and void.
Is connectivity secure?
  • Yes.  Bluetooth’s specification and implementation is inherently secure.
  • The Portsmith daptaPort Bluetooth  must pass the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certification thus ensuring that the daptaPort Bluetooth meets the SIG specification thereby meeting security specs and requirements.
  • PIN authentication
    • The method of authentication to the daptaPort Bluetooth is via an end user entered PIN on the hand-held device.  This is a method familiar to most end users.
    • PIN is established and programmed into the daptaPort Bluetooth at initial setup by the end via the Portsmith PortDox management application.
    • The only party will having knowledge of the PIN is the personnel setting this code at setup.
    • No PIN is programmed into the daptaPort Bluetooth at manufacturing.
    • The daptaPort is shipped from the factory insecure and requires the end user to set a PIN at first boot.
    • How long can the PIN be ?
      • 8  characters. (Need to clarify.)
    • What characters are allowed for PIN ?
      • Numeric only.  (Need to clarify.)
    • Is the PIN different for each daptaPort Bluetooth?
      • Each daptaPort Bluetooth can have a whatever PIN is desired.   DaptaPort Bluetooth #1 having a PIN that is the same as daptaPort Bluetooth #2 is completely up to the end user.
    • Is the PIN different for each paired device?
      • Each daptaPort Bluetooth has one pin for all paired devices
    • These hard to remember PINs could printed in a non-human readable and encrypted barcode, so only very few people will have knowledge of the actual PIN.
Can any versions of SSP (Secure Simple Pairing) be used ?
  • Need clarification here.
What other Authentication / Security is used?
  • I would not use the bullets below and refer the customer to the BT SIG.  Or we should pull bullets directly from the SIG.
  • Bluetooth uses frequency hopping technology that was originally designed by the US military as it is almost impossible to track or log transmissions ‘hopping’ from one frequency to another
  • Is an encryption key used ? is it different to the PIN?
What Ethernet standard is used ?
  • TCP/IP communications at 10/100Mbps depending on the local network.
Is the daptaPort Bluetooth capable of other protocols ( PPP/OBEX/WAP etc)?
  • Need clarification here??
Does the daptaPort Bluetooth have an inbuilt DHCP server?
  • No.  The daptaPort Bluetooth receives its IP address from the local network router.
Does the daptaPort Bluetooth have its own IP address?
  • The daptaPort Bluetooth receives its IP address from the local network router.
Does each device connected to the daptaPort Bluetooth receive an IP address?
  • Yes.  Each device receives its IP address from the local network router.
How can you interrogate or setup the daptaPort Bluetooth?
  • Via the Portsmith PortDox management application.  Portsmith plans for PortDox to be available at launch.
What is the data rate?
  • Although the Ethernet connection of the local network is with 10 or 100Mbs, the data throughput allowed by Bluetooth is significantly slower and it set by the specification from the Bluetooth SIG.
  • As with any wireless device data rates can vary greatly depending on conditions where the daptaPort Bluetooth is located.
  • Bluetooth data rates should be expected between 1.0 and 1.5Mbps depending on conditions.
  • The daptaPort Bluetooth will support up to 5 simultaneous and continuous connections.
    • If for example a data rate of 1.0Mbps is available, a single device may (depending on conditions) have access to the full 1.0Mbps.
    • Five devices would divide that availability by therefore by five.
    • Note that all connected devices may not be transferring data simultaneously.
Does daptaPort Bluetooth use +HS (High Speed) data rates?
  • No
Is throughput or operation affected by other RF devices? Bluetooth? WiFi?
  • Bluetooth uses ‘Frequency Hopping’ technology and so has the ability to avoid congested RF channels.  (I think it’s ok to say this.)
  • We are still testing
  • NOTE - Testing has been carried out …. {… Need to test multiple daptaPort Bluetooths and multiple devices simultaneously, say 5 to 10 daptaPort Bluetooths and 25 to 50 devices each connected and transferring big files to see what the collisions are like. With and without HEAVY WiFi ie all channels used.}
  • Is throughput or operation affected by radiation USB 3.0 devices? It may be, dependent upon the  level of radiation emission from the USB device. This can be alleviated by moving the USB 3.0 device or using good quality screened USB 3.0 leads.
At what frequency does the Bluetooth radio operate?
  • Bluetooth operates on the 2.45MHz ISM band, 2.402 to 2.480 MHz using 1MHz channels.
Are there any health risks associated with Bluetooth?
  • NO. The RF Power radiated by the daptaPort Bluetooth is only a fraction ( less than  1/100th ) of that radiated by a mobile phone, and is a greater distance from the user.
How will the status of the daptaPort Bluetooth be viewable? 
(Need Engineering to confirm below.)
  • Via Portsmith PortDox  a Windows application running on  the same network as the daptaPort Bluetooth which will allow interrogation and configuration of the daptaPort Bluetooths.
  • Set daptaPort Bluetooth PIN
  • List of devices paired
  • List of devices connected
  • IP addresses of daptaPort Bluetooth and connected devices.  (??)
Is the BT dongle MAC address matched to a specific daptaPort Bluetooth?
  • The dongle and the daptaPort Bluetooth are programmed and matched during the manufacturing process.
  • Do not remove the dongle under any circumstances.
  • Replacing the dongle with a dongle other than what is supplied with the unit will render the daptaPort Bluetooth inoperable.
  • Will there be a method to stop the BT Dongle from being removed?
    • TBD
What do the LED’s mean?
  • Top LED – ip status
    • Flashing Amber (heartbeat) – booting up / aquiring ip address
    • Solid Amber – Has ip address / ready
    • Flashing  Red – NO IP address
    • Solid Green - Connected
  • Bottom LED – bluetooth status
    • Flashing Blue (heartbeat) – booting
    • Solid Blue – ready
    • Flashing Blue – Flashes once for each device connected
  • Red LED: The top LED will glow red indicating that the daptaPort Bluetooth has no PIN programmed and is not secure indicating a factory fresh first boot.
  • Flashing LED’s : The daptaPort Bluetooth is booting.
  • Solid amber LED: The daptaPort Bluetooth has an IP address from the local router.
  • Blinking red LED: No IP address from the local router
  • Solid blue LED: Bluetooth is ready
  • Blinking LED: The blue LED will blink for each active connection.  I.e.: one blink for one connection, five blinks for 5 connections.
How to I factory reset the daptaPort Bluetooth
  • In order to reset the daptaPort Bluetooth it must be returned to Portsmith to be reprogrammed back to factory settings.
  • Eventually this will be via PortDox application.