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Multiple (Shared) Bluetooth Connections?

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I'm able to connect both my 2nd gen iPod Touch and my Nokia 5310 cellphone to a Rocketfish RF-MAB2, but not the 4th gen iPod Touch that I just bought. In other words, the 2nd gen doesn't mind sharing the connection with the Nokia via the Rocketfish, but the 4th gen won't share. The 4th gen will connect; it just won't share the connection. It's frustrating when a newer model doesn't work as well as an older model.

 

I suspect it has everything to do with the new Hands-Free Profile HFP 1.6. The 2nd gen doesn't have that profile. With the 2nd gen and the Nokia connected to the Rocketfish, I can listen to the music on the 2nd gen and have the music interrupted for a call from the Nokia. I can even make a call on the Nokia or switch songs on the 2nd gen without having to pull either device out of my pocket. It's perfect for going on a walk.

 

The problem is I can't get the 4th gen to do the same. I already know that you can't connect two bluetooth devices to a 3rd device using the same profile. I think both the Nokia and the 4th gen are trying to use the HFP 1.6 profile. But since the 4th gen can use 4 other profiles, it should be smart enough to know which one is available when another is in use, especially since the iPod is a music player first.

 

I found a workaround by...

 

1) Connecting the 2nd Gen iPod Touch,

2) Connecting the Nokia cell phone,

3) Disconnecting the 2nd Gen iPod Touch,

4) Connecting the 4th Gen iPod Touch

 

...in that order.

 

Using that workaround, I would have to keep my 2nd Gen iPod Touch around just to get the most out of my 4th gen. There has to be a better way for the 4th gen to recognize which profiles are available. A user should even be able to tell it how to connect: as either a headphone or a headset, which profile to use, and disable profiles that aren't needed.

 

Anyone else have better luck with multiple (shared) bluetooth connections to one device?

 

-Thanks in advance.

-Bill

iPod touch, iOS 6.0.1

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