Discover a new world of experimentation with Wireless Bluetooth 4 Low Energy Connectivity.

If you are unsure which version of the Bluetooth protocol your PASCO device utilizes, see the following video help guides highlighted below: Determine the Bluetooth Version of My PASCO Device and Distinguish Between Bluetooth 2 and 4 PASCO Wireless Devices.

Wireless Bluetooth 4 Product Compatibility

Discover a new world of experimentation with Wireless Bluetooth 4 Low Energy Connectivity. PASCO products featuring Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity are cross-platform compatible, allowing them to connect to any current model Chromebook, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone running our software or app. Additionally, any Windows 10 device with Creators Edition 1703 or later will also facilitate direct connection.

All other Windows computers/tablets, older Macs, and Chromebooks without updated sensor firmware currently require the PS‑3500 USB Bluetooth Adapter to connect to PASCO’s Bluetooth Low Energy devices. See the chart below for PASCO's wireless product compatibility by platform. More detailed information can be found below the chart.

Device Bluetooth 4 Compatibility
PASCO Dataloggers
SPARK LX & LXi: Fully Compatible
Smart Phones
Android Phone Android 6.0 or later
Apple iPhone iPhone 4 S or later
iPod Touch 5th generation or later
Tablets
Android Tablet Android 6.0 or later
Apple iPad iPad 3 or later
iPad Mini (2nd Generation or later) *
Windows Tablet Windows 10 w/ Creators Edition 1703 or later **
Windows 7 or later with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500)
Laptops/Desktops
Chromebook May require the USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500) ***
Windows PC Windows 10 w/ Creators Edition 1703 or later **
Windows 7 or later with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500)
Macintosh PC Mac Mini and MacBook Air from approximately 2011 or later *
MacBook Pro and iMac devices from approximately 2012 or later *
Mac Pro from approximately 2013 or later *
Older models may require a USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500)
USB Bluetooth Adapter

USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500)

The adapter allows Chromebooks, Windows computers and older Macs to connect up to three Bluetooth 4 devices such as wireless sensors, Smart Carts, or the AirLink interface.

* Determining Mac Bluetooth 4 Compatibility

There are not hard and fast rules about which older Mac devices natively support Bluetooth 4 and therefore the best way to determine whether your Mac device supports Bluetooth 4 is to check your hardware directly using the following instructions.

  1. Select Apple menu
  2. Select "About this Mac"
  3. Select "System Report"
  4. On the left hand menu, expand "Hardware" and select "Bluetooth"
  5. If LMP version is "0x6", the device is Bluetooth 4 capable
  6. If LMP version is "0x4", your device will require our PS-3500 USB Bluetooth 4.0 adapter

The only exception we are aware of is for devices with LMP version "0x4" that have been upgraded to the El Capitan version of Mac OS X (10.11.x). If this is the case please contact PASCO Technical Support for further instructions.


** Wireless Sensors and Windows 10

To use Wireless Sensors directly with Windows devices (without the USB Bluetooth Adapter) three conditions must be met:

  1. A device running Windows 10 Creators Edition 1703 or later (Check or update your Windows version)
  2. A device with Bluetooth version 4.0 or higher (Check your Bluetooth Version)
  3. SPARKvue 3.0 or later or PASCO Capstone 1.10 or later must be installed


*** Wireless Sensors and Chromebooks

Wireless Sensors can now be connected directly to Chromebooks. But users MUST have the latest firmware updates for ALL wireless sensors in order to use them without the USB Bluetooth Adapter. Already using USB Bluetooth Adapters? Read the important information below.

New Users:

If you have purchased PASCO Wireless Sensors after October 1, 2018, you can simply pair them directly to your Chromebook using Bluetooth and perform your activity or experiment.You will not ever need to use a USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500).

Existing Users:

If you have already been using our USB Bluetooth Adapter (PS-3500) with your Chromebooks and Wireless Sensors. You can stop using the USB adapter after you update the firmware of ALL* of the Wireless Sensors. We know that it can be difficult to manage all the devices at your school. For that reason, we strongly recommend that you keep the adapters in your Chromebooks for the remainder of the year and update ALL sensor firmware when you are prompted throughout the year.

At the end of the school year, verify that ALL of your Wireless Sensors have the latest firmware updates. If they do, then for the next school year you can simply connect the Wireless Sensors directly to your Chromebooks without the USB Bluetooth Adapters.

Steps to using Wireless Sensors and Chromebooks without the USB Bluetooth Adapter

To move away from the use of the adapter immediately you will need to take the following actions.

  1. Gather ALL the Wireless Sensors that you have.
  2. Connect the USB Bluetooth adapter(s) to your Chromebooks(s)
  3. Open the SPARKvue app (version 3.2 or later)
  4. One by one, pair each sensor via Bluetooth or connect via USB. If you get a dialog box stating that a Firmware update is available for the sensor, click to update the firmware. Firmware updates will happen faster via USB if there is an available USB connection.
  5. Once ALL sensors are confirmed to be updated, the USB Bluetooth Adapter is no longer needed
Warning: If you connect a Wireless Sensor with outdated firmware directly to your Chromebook without the USB Bluetooth Adapter, the performance of that specific sensor with that particular Chromebook will be negatively affected. The Wireless Sensor can subsequently have its firmware updated by connecting to a different Chromebook with the USB Bluetooth Adapter connected (or via a Smartphone or computer running SPARKvue 3.2 or higher) but will continue to experience diminished performance if used with the Chromebook it was paired to without the USB Bluetooth Adapter.

Additional Resources

If you have additional questions regarding our equipment or software, contact PASCO Technical Support. We're here to help.