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In the STB MAG, Bluetooth technology standard is used to wireless connecting auxilary devices like audio-devices (portable wireless speakers, headphones, etc.) and  input devices (remote control, keyboard, mouse, etc.).

Bluetooth technology specification for various STB models:

STB model Specification
MAG-349w3 Bluetooth 4.1
MAG-351w3 Bluetooth 4.1
MAG-424w3 Bluetooth 4.1

Supported Bluetooth profiles and device classes

Bluetooth protocol designed with master/slave architecture. STB acts role of master and auxilary devices act role of slave. One STB can communicate a few auxilary devices simultaniously.
There are two categories of Bluetooth devices that can communicate to STB:

  • Audio devices (A2DP audio streaming profile) - speakers, headphones, smartphone earpiece and other bluetooth audio receivers that are designed to sound audio signal from source (STB) that transmitted via Bluetooth radio channel. STB acts as transmitter, audio devices - as receivers of a uni-directional audio stream.STB can connect up to two audio devices simultaneously.
    Note. During audio signal output to Bluetooth channel, it transmits to standard audio ports of STB (HDMI, S / PDIF, A / V) as well.
  • USB HID class devices. This type includes input devices - remote controls, keyboard, mouse, etc. that allow user to configure and manage STB operation. STB supports multiple device connections (a few HID devices at the same time).
    Note. STB supports USB connected input device and Bluetooth USB HID devices simultaneously.

STB can communicate to Bluetooth-devices of both specified categories at the same time (for example, speakers, keyboard and mouse). If STB does not support the operation of particular Bluetooth device, STB displays connection failure message during the attempt to pair this device.

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Example of connecting Bluetooth device

To configure Bluetooth wireless settings on STB, go to System Settings Network Bluetooth.

Consider example of connecting new (second) keyboard device Keyboard K380 in case of already connected first device JBL Flip4 speakers.

1.Open System Settings Network Bluetooth.

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2. In Scan device window, find out whether the device is detected. If the device to be connected is not found (is not in the list):

  • Turn on the Bluetooth device and start connecting (pairing) procedure on it, in accordance with the operating instructions of the device.
  • Click on Search for device button in Scan device window or tap Update Image Documentation on the remote control.

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3. As a result of searching, the required device should be displayed in the list (in the example - Keyboard K380).

4. To start pairing and establish connection on STB side, select the required device in the list (in the example - Keyboard K380) and tap OK on the remote control. Aftert that STB displays Connection
message. If you agree to connect, click OK.

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5.Next, for pairing to keyboard, STB displays Bluetooth pairing request message with the pairing code (set of digits). Enter the pairing code and then tap Enter on the keyboard.
Note. Bluetooth devices that are not intended to enter data (speakers, mouse, etc.), do not require the identification procedure using the pairing code. This type devices should pair automatically (excluding this step).

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6. As a result of the previous steps, STB and Bluetooth device should be connected each other. Bluetooth device is ready for use. In Scan devices window two icons should appear in the string of connected device (in example - Keyboard K380):

  • Bluetooth Image Documentation - means that STB can interact with the device;
  • Paired Image Documentation - means that pairing procedure for this device was performed and appropriate data is stored in STB user data.

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Reconnecting

Reconnecting the Bluetooth device should be made in case of break down the previously established connection. This situation is detected when device does not interact with STB. Usually it is indicated In Scan devices window with Bluetooth Image Documentation icon disapearing but Paired Image Documentation icon still displaying for this device. After Reconnecting Bluetooth Image Documentation icon is displayed again in string of this device.
Reconnection is included next steps:

  • on connected device - turn on and start Bluetooth connection;
  • on STB - start Bluetooth connection to this device (see Example, step 4).

Typically, reconnection is performed:

  • after STB is rebooted;

  • after leaving Standby mode of STB;

  • after disabling Bluetooth on the STB side;

  • after disabling Bluetooth on the device side or if the device was turned off.

Note. If reconnection procedure is unsuccessful, Unpaire procedure should be performed and then this device should be connected from the beginning (see Example).

If STB detects Bluetooth connection losing (for example, the keyboard is turned off), Bluetooth Image Documentation icon disappears from Scan devices window. After reconnecting, two icons should display: Bluetooth Image Documentation and Paired Image Documentation in the string of the connected device.

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Unpaire Bluetooth device

In order to disconnect from some device and to exclude it from the list in the Scan device window, you must select this device and click Unpaire (F2 on remote control).

Note. All paired devices Information is cleared after Clear user data command activation.

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Disable / Enable Bluetooth on STB

Temporarily disable Bluetooth supporting on STB can be performed if needed. You must click Disable Bluetooth (F1 on remote control) to disable and Enable Bluetooth (F1) to resume Bluetooth support. These commands
turns off / turns on Bluetooth hardware module on STB.

After Bluetooth enabling on STB, you need to reconnect the devices.

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