Although there are references for Windows software for the BLED112 dongle, I can't seem to find any. What is required? Is there a test I can do to ensure my dongle is working properly? Thank you in advance.
What are you planning to do with the dongle? Are you aware that it is not a generic BLE dongle that will add BLE support to your Windows PC (so that Windows will automatically be able to use it like any other peripheral device?)
The BLED112 dongle is seen by the PC as a virtual COM port. You can write your own programs using C/Python/whatever that use the dongle as BLE modem. This is done using our proprietary BGAPI protocol. If you are looking for something like this, then the next task is to download our Bluetooth Smart SDK.
If you are looking for a plug&play BLE dongle that will make your PC BLE capable then BLED112 is not such product.
Thanks for the reply.
I'm following the recommendations of someone who is interfacing this with the new Intel Arduino 101 board. I do see the device as Com6
OK, in that case simple test to check that the dongle works:
1) download and install the SDK (see link above)
2) plug in the dongle to your PC
3) launch the "BLE GUI" app that comes with the SDK
4) select the right COM port in the drop-down menu (top of the GUI) and click "Attach" button
You can then try either
1) scanning of other BLE devices -> click the "start" button in the scan menu (lower left in GUI)
2) put the dongle into advertising mode -> click the "set mode" button (upper left in GUI)
You can do lots of other testing with BLE GUI but the scan /advertise test is a quick way to check that the dongle is working.