Can I Use my ID TECH Bluetooth Reader with Windows?


Some ID TECH readers, such as the VP3300BT and VP3600, offer Bluetooth connectivity for iOS and Android devices to allow a mobile-based payment application to perform card transactions.

We are sometimes asked whether this Bluetooth connection could also be used with a Windows device to enable the same method of accessing our Bluetooth devices.  Unfortunately, the answer is no.

The ID TECH readers use the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard of Bluetooth technology.  BLE is not supported by the desktop platforms that ID TECH targets with the SDK, which are .NET 4.8, .NET Standard 2.1, .NET 6, .NET 7 and .NET 8.  Bluetooth is supported in the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) which is targeted at Windows tablet devices, but the ID TECH SDK does not support UWP, as it lacks features that are only found in the previously listed desktop solutions.

Our resourceful SDK Developers have scoured available resources for third-party BLE drivers that work with .Net family without success.  This leads us to believe that there are some major technical challenges in getting the underlying architecture to play nicely with BLE, else someone would have achieved this pairing (forgive the technical pun!) already.