Connecting a 3rd Bluetooth device to my Surface Pro 6

Hi there,

I have a Surface Pro 6 and have connected the Surface keyboard and Arc Mouse via their built in bluetooth (no dongle receivers), I understand the Surface Pro can only handle the 2 connections.

I am curious if I get a USB receiver if I could add to the existing connections. I would like to connect my bluetooth headphones but I've maxxed out the internal receiver's capability. I'm not sure if I can pair my headphones with this USB receiver though. (I use Jabra elite 75t earbuds)

I'm looking at a receiver like this one: 

Amazon.com: IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter, GBU521: Computers & Accessories

Thank you for your help!

Barb
My Blog - http://digitalmediaphile.com/
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
Windows Insider MVP

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I understand the Surface Pro can only handle the 2 connections

Where did you get this information? Jabra has an issue - SP6 can handle more
than 2 connections. See
https://www.reddit.com/r/Jabra/comments/f6jrpa/using_jabra_elite_75t_as_bluetooth_headset_on/
and
https://medium.com/@daniel_36042/jabra-we-know-our-bluetooth-headsets-dont-work-with-laptops-sorry-no-refunds-80ed4cb2fc6f
and
https://www.techrepublic.com/forums/discussions/how-to-pair-jabra-bluetooth-headphones-with-windows-10-1/

I have done a fair bit of research and it appears to be a common issue that once you pair more than 2 devices the connections get really sketchy. For example when I have all three connected, the mouse only works intermittently and the audio is broken up through the headphones. I've tried other bluetooth headphones with the same result. It has boiled down to the limitations of the bluetooth.

That's why I'm curious about adding another bluetooth receiver via the USB port.

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There are people that say they have managed to use two bluetooth adapters, but
usually it is "either or" - they have to disable the internal one to use a USB
dongle. With Surface, Bluetooth and WiFi are a single chip, so you have to be
careful. I think headphones in general have issues with W10 Bluetooth - see
https://www.howtogeek.com/354321/why-bluetooth-headsets-are-terrible-on-windows-pcs/

I've had the following paired and connected to either my SP3 or SP 2017
simultaneously without issues

1. Surface Arc Mouse
2. Surface Pen
3. iPhone

Barb
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MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
Windows Insider MVP

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