All, Hot off the presses, with permission to post from WT support.
I previously posted that a couple weeks ago I spent more time trying to setup my Laird 820 and ended up messing up (bricking the Laird) and making my laptop not work anymore with the Bluetooth dongle I had previously been using. I have been crazy busy at work and have not had additional time to get the laptop working again.
Anyway, I was just contacted by WT today and they are sending me a HID proxy configured Laird dongle preconfigured to a TREG TB they are also sending along set to BT slot 6. They confirmed testing the unit on Win 7, Win 2000, Win 10, MacOS, Raspberry Pi, etc. All the devices worked like a USB keyboard as many others have discussed at length here on the forum.
They knew I had been having problems and wanted to confirm that the duplicating characters I have been seeing on Win 7 was due to my other bluetooth dongle purchased from Amazon and not the TB. I will plan on setting up slot 4 on the new TREG unit with the other bluetooth dongle so I can test in parallel on the same TREG unit.
I will post pics tomorrow when I receive it. In the coming days I will also post my results on both my work laptop and desktop.
Now, here is the news… WT will most likely be selling TBs with Laird Dongles preconfigured in HID proxy direct from the WT site. My unit is part of their validation process to confirm my issues are resolved and their process is properly setup. This would allow those with Bluetooth issues to get a TB already setup without needing special education and skills to setup yourself. I am only sharing this with WT permission (I specifically asked).
What gives me hope is that going through this process, I really think they are close to production release (nothing they shared with me…my own thoughts). Going to a general release would most likely require the need to confirm with customers (us who have previously purchased and new customers) what operating systems they would be using to determine if the TB would be operational out of the box. Otherwise, they would need to not sell without customer issues fot those technically challenged. Having an additional purchase that would enable plug and play on almost all machines… even as an add on to those in which most of their systems already work may be the best option for the widest customer base.
I am very optimistic! Will let you know.