Well it appears that that device only works with Windows operating systems. See the specs http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=454501 for the Belkin F8T016ng which state:
- Mini Bluetooth Adapter (Class 2)
- Installation CD-ROM
- Windows XP or Windows Vista
- Available USB Port
Thanks for your quick reply.
This page does indeed not make mention at all of working with Mac OS. On the packaging, however, it clearly states: For Mac Users: Mac OS X v10.2 or higher. And it says similar things here (though I agree not explicitly for the ng): http://en-us-support.belkin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2160/session/L2F2LzEvdGl tZS8xMzQyNTQ2NDk0L3NpZC92Vnpnem4xbA%3D%3D
I will try with a different mac later and if it doesn't work there either, I will have to bring it back to the shop and hope they will accept it back.
Okay, this has just gotten a bit stranger. I tried the same Bluetooth dongle on my private computer (MacBook Air 11'' July 2011) which has the exact same operating system (Lion 10.7.4) and it works straight away, which is clearly indicated by the shining blue LED on the dongle. How is that possible?
It has two USB ports and I tried them both with the same result. I have also been succesfully using both USB ports for external hard drives and a mouse, so there doesn't seem to be a problem with the ports. As I said, the computer is brand new, it came last week, so I really don't understand this...
I have the same dongle (Belkin F8T016ng).
At first sight it doesn't worked when plugged in an USB port.
But you may observe a small On/Off. By default, it is set to Off.
Just press on it (quite difficult if your nails is short, BTW )
Then a blue light starts to blink on the device, and all Bluetooth stuff opens up.
The dongle is recognized as a BCM2046B1 device.