Bluetooth Headset Pairing Procedures
Each time a Bluetooth enabled device is sold, it will at some point go through a process known as Bluetooth pairing.
Pairing is Bluetooth’s method of establishing a network relationship between two compatible devices.
There are many types of Bluetooth enabled devices being sold, and not everything with a Bluetooth logo was created to form a connection or pair with each other in a piconet.
Instead, only devices with a compatible Bluetooth Receiver can be joined through Bluetooth pairing; like a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse and a laptop with Bluetooth for the reason that they have a suitable association with each other.
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In case your sales rep missed the opportunity to establish a customer relationship by syncing up your Bluetooth receivers before you left the store, we’ll be glad have you as our friendly customer and teach you How Bluetooth Works.
Of all the devices which contain Bluetooth technology the most routine combination between master and slave devices would most definitely be Bluetooth headset pairing with a mobile phone, and is the reason we choose it here as our example to demonstrate how Bluetooth pairing is performed.
Although pairing Bluetooth Earbuds might seem like a very simple process that needs no explanation between customer and a sales representative not all Bluetooth receivers are the same and if you haven’t gone through the process before, Bluetooth problems can be a little confusing.
In this example we’ll be using a Plantronics explorer 320 Bluetooth headset being paired with an Android mobile phone. If you’re using a different model, we do have downloadable procedures for the best Bluetooth headset manufactures available.
TIP: Before placing your Plantronics explorer 320 Bluetooth headset in pairing mode, locate the “Discover Bluetooth Devices” option on the master device first. This will avoid having to rush to find the option before the headset ends its pairing sequence.
Prepare Master device:
All cellular carriers use different graphical user interfaces in which they place their Bluetooth software applets, however most mobile phone menus position Bluetooth options in the “Settings” or “Manage Connections” menu.
For most Android Mobile Phones the Bluetooth pairing menu can be found under:
Settings\Wireless Controls\Bluetooth Settings
- Once you have navigated to the Bluetooth software applet, place a check in the box to enable Bluetooth functionality.
Once Bluetooth has been turned on and is active, the Bluetooth logo will be represented at the task bar located on top of the Android main screen.
- Next enter the Bluetooth Settings sub menu and locate the “Scan for Devices” option, but do not initiate the scanning process until you have placed the Plantronics explorer 320 Bluetooth headset in pairing mode. (Proceed to Slave device section.)
Slave device: (pairing sequence)
Once you have located the “Discover Bluetooth Devices” on your mobile phone menu, it’s time to start the Bluetooth pairing sequence on the Plantronics explorer 320 Bluetooth headset.
FYI: Bluetooth headsets WILL NOT function when charging. Charge the headset for a minimum of 20 mins before you attempt to pair with a master device.
Locate the Control Button on the Plantronics explorer 320 Bluetooth headset as follows.
- Press and hold the Control Button for 6 seconds, and release when the Blue and Red LED lights begin flashing, indicating the headset is now in pairing mode.
Complete the Bluetooth pairing process:
- While the Bluetooth headset is flashing its Blue and Red LED lights, using the Android Mobile Phone, click on the “Scan for Devices” button located on the Bluetooth Settings menu; this will start the authentication process between the two Bluetooth receivers.
After a few seconds “320 Plantronic’s” will display in the list of discovered devices.
- Click on the discovered device, and enter the passkey of “0000”.
TIP: Bluetooth devices share passkey information as a means to authenticate a proper connection. Most Bluetooth headsets are set to a default setting of “0000”, however should always refer to the manufactures user manual to prevent Bluetooth problems during setup.
After the Plantronics explorer 320 Bluetooth headset has been properly paired with the Master device, the pairing indicator lights will stop flashing and the pairing process is complete.
That’s it! You should now a better understanding of Bluetooth headset pairing, and can even try your knowledge on pairing up all you’re other devices which sport the Bluetooth logo.