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Bluetooth Windows

Bluetooth and Windows 11

It’s still early days for Windows 11 but pre-release API documentation is available on Microsoft Docs and it gives some hints of new functionality for developers:- BluetoothLEDevice gains functionality to request preferred connection parameters. These include minimum and maximum connection interval, latency and link timeout. If these seem a bit complex to set individually there […]

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Bluetooth Windows

Bluetooth Virtual Sniffer for Windows

I only just found out about this but Microsoft released a packet sniffer for Bluetooth on Windows 10 back in February. This is incredibly useful for debugging and is something I’ve been craving for some time. Previously I’ve been able to analyse packets from Android using Wireshark and now we can view activity between Windows […]

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Windows 10

New Windows Phone App

Okay, now I’ve drawn you in with a click-bait headline I need to clarify a little! For some time now Windows 10 has had a tightly integrated app called Your Phone which allows you to interact with your phone from the desktop. However, it doesn’t cater for the 50-odd percent of users who have fruit […]

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Bluetooth Windows

What’s in a BluetoothLEDevice.Name

I’ve noticed an odd behaviour when creating a BluetoothLEDevice from a found device id. I’m not doing anything special, just retrieving paired devices and then trying to access the relevant BluetoothLEDevice. In common with all Windows device searches (whether by Picker or programmatically with DeviceInformation.FindAllAsync) you receive a DeviceInformation which contains the name and unique […]

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Bluetooth Xamarin

Wrapping up 2020

I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked this year, because “reasons” but I thought I would put together a short post to wrap up some of the things that have been going on behind the scenes. 32feet Back in January I announced a re-write of 32feet.NET. The library for Bluetooth Classic has […]

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Bluetooth Windows

Bluetooth Virtual COM Ports

I was thinking about a comment on a Gist I wrote some time ago and thought I’d written a blog post on the topic, but when I couldn’t find any sign of it I decided to start from scratch as I’d have probably needed to update it anyway.The Bluetooth stack in Windows has supported virtual […]

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Bluetooth Xamarin

Asyncify a method and event response

It’s common to come across a pattern where you call a synchronous method to kick off an activity then await an event which gives you the result (or an error). In the process of building 32feet‘s Bluetooth LE library this became a familiar sight both for Android and iOS APIs. The goal was to create […]

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Bluetooth Xamarin

Changes coming in Xamarin Android BluetoothSocket

While debugging an app I came across this new message in the Output window:- “Not wrapping exception of type Java.IO.IOException from method `Read`. This will change in a future release.” When working with an RFComm service on Android you use a BluetoothSocket which in turn owns two Streams – one for Input and one for […]

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Desktop Code Windows Xamarin

WPF Activity in Xamarin Forms

I’ve recently been working on extending an existing product written in Xamarin Forms to Windows desktop and this has meant learning a lot more about the WPF implementation. Originally Xamarin Forms was created for mobile platforms such as Android and iOS (and Windows Phone – more on that later) but has since expanded to desktop […]

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Bluetooth Windows Xamarin

New Year, New 32feet.NET Library

I’ve been working away on the Bluetooth code for some time. I’d been meaning to modernise the code and build with .NET Standard and NuGet in mind and ideally support more platforms. However the project has stopped and started a few times and gone down a few dead ends. I had planned to rework the […]