Use Bluetooth to Connect a Wii Remote to a PC

The Wii Remote communicates using Bluetooth wireless technology. With many computers having a Bluetooth adapter built-in, and Bluetooth adapter dongles being readily available for those that don’t, interfacing your PC with a Wiimote is a fairly simple process. Just follow a few simple steps:

Step 1 – Check Your Device for an Internal Bluetooth Adapter
Make sure your computer has an internal Bluetooth adapter. For a PC, look under Control Panel; Hardware; Device Manager, for a Mac look under System Preferences; Internet & Wireless. If there is an entry called Bluetooth, you have an internal adapter. If not, then you will have to purchase an external Bluetooth dongle. Most simply plug into a USB port.

Step 2 – Make Sure the Bluetooth Stack is Compatible
Apple’s Bluetooth Stack and Linux’s BlueZ should work (make sure they are installed and turned on). The Microsoft Bluetooth Stack can cause compatibility issues for newer Wiimotes with MotionPlus. If your Bluetooth stack is incompatible, uninstall it and then install a compatible stack (e.g. Toshiba Bluetooth Stack). The stack can be found under Control Panel; Hardware; Device Manager; Bluetooth Devices. Right-click the device and select Properties, then Driver.

Step 3 – Connect the Wii Remote

  • • Open Bluetooth Settings. There should be a Bluetooth icon in the taskbar. If not, look under Control Panel; Hardware; Device Manager. Click on Bluetooth Devices, then “Add a Device”.
    • Hold down the 1+2 buttons on your Wiimote to activate Discovery Mode (the four LEDs should all blink). When it is detected it should appear in the Add a Device screen as Nintendo RVL-CNT...
    • Select the Wiimote and Click “Next” in the Add a Device Screen.
    • Click “Pair Without Using a Code”. When it has finished Configuring a notification should pop up informing you that you are connected!

You can now use the Wiimote the way you would use a mouse. These connections are temporary and, without additional pairing software, will have to be repeated each time you want to connect. With additional programs, you can use the Wiimote to operate a PowerPoint presentation, a digital whiteboard, a home entertainment system, and much more.

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