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Why use a USB cable to connect the NXT brick to the computer when there is Bluetooth communication?
The USB cable ensures a fast and easy-to-use connection between the NXT and computer that does not require any Bluetooth capabilities in the computer. Furthermore, the USB cable must be used when downloading firmware to the NXT brick.
Will all types of Bluetooth senders/receivers (both in-build and external dongles) be usable for communicating with the NXT brick?
No, unfortunately there is not just one, but many different Bluetooth software standards. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT software will support the most commonly used standards, but not all. Supported Bluetooth software are Widcomm® Bluetooth for Windows newer than v. 1.4.2.10 SP5 and the Bluetooth stacks included in Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.
Will there be any additional hardware necessary to access the Bluetooth capabilities of the NXT brick from already Bluetooth capable computers?
No. Computers with in-build Bluetooth communication will be able take full advantage of the capabilities in the NXT brick without additional hardware being needed.
How can I get full benefit of Bluetooth in the NXT brick when my computer does not have Bluetooth capabilities?
You can give your computer Bluetooth capabilities by using a USB Bluetooth dongle. A Bluetooth dongle is a small device that is easily plugged into the computers USB port (similar to a USB memory stick). A compatible Bluetooth dongle will be available in the LEGO Education assortment.
Will any third party Bluetooth dongle be compatible with the NXT brick?
Most Bluetooth dongles will probably be compatible but LEGO Education cannot take responsibility of the functionality of any third party product. Hence, it is strongly recommended that the LEGO distributed Bluetooth dongle is always used.
PDA/mobile phones are listed as compatible Bluetooth devices does the LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT software run on these devices?
No. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT programming software is not meant to be operational on such devices. The level of communication/interaction between the NXT and a PDA/mobile phone is determined by the local software available on these devices.
What is done in order to help existing users to migrate to the LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT platform?
The LMfS platform will continuously be supported (until end of 2009) so that existing users have time to migrate. ROBOLABTM 2.9 allows users to use the NXT brick with ROBOLAB and thereby, offer step-by-step migration. A migration community web site provides help and support to existing MINDSTORMS users.
Is the LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT software capable of communicating with the RCX brick?
No. But the LMfS legacy sensors and motors can be used together with the NXT brick via a converter cable (included in the 9797 LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education Base Set).
Can the NXT brick be controlled using ROBOLAB software?
Yes. Simultaneous with the launch of the NXT platform, LEGO Education is launching ROBOLAB 2.9. This software communicates with both the RCX and NXT brick.


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