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How To Set Up USB Wireless Headphones

Karl L. Gechlik 03-02-2010

wireless headphonesThis guide will show you how to setup your new wireless headphones. More times than not, the wireless USB earphones are actually a Bluetooth headset that comes with a bluetooth USB dongle.


This is great for machines that do not have Bluetooth built in. If you do have Bluetooth built in, you can normally get around not using the dongle but it is normally an easier setup using their dongle.

Strangely enough, my headset uses RF technology and needs the dongle to work.

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I love my wireless headset. My product of choice is a Plantronics Audio 995 Wireless Headset that I bought from Amazon for around $75. This might seem like a lot of dough to pluck down on a headset but I do chat a lot on Skype and as well as phone calls from my headset. I cannot have crap and not be able to hear or speak. I also like my music to be pristine so the Plantronics superior quality is what I choose. But there are much cheaper solutions.


Setting up this pair could not be any easier. When I unboxed my set, I saw the headset and its USB dongle. There was also a mini USB cable that acts as a power cord. Make sure to sufficiently charge your headset regardless of its make and model for optimal performance. After unboxing this set, I plugged the headset in to charge immediately as I unwrapped the rest of it.

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This is what my dongle looks like”¦ (insert snarky joke here”¦)

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The best part about this device aside from its superior quality is that it does not require any software and is PC and Mac compatible. I bet a enterprising young individual could also get it going on a Linux or Ubuntu setup. So after it’s all charged up, plug the dongle into a free USB port and put the charged headphones on your head. And presto chango, instant headphones and microphone!

The headset I have has built-in volume and media controls for raising or lowering the volume as well as advancing or going back to the last track. The buttons are around the left ear’s bezel as you can see in the shot below.

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To get the device to work with my machine was a breeze. After charging it and connecting the dongle, it just worked. I now could use it with Skype, Windows Media Player or both! I also got a 40-foot roaming range around the machine. So when my Tablet or MacBook is with me, we can all roam around the house together. This headset is fun for playing games or just relaxing. Either which way, it was super easy to setup and it works on all my devices”¦ (almost, that Ubuntu laptop is NEXT I swear – and I will keep you posted!)


Most USB headsets are set up the same way but some may have cradles instead of a dongle. How is yours set up?

Do you use a wireless USB headset? Which one? Did you experience any issues when trying to setup your wireless headphones? Would you recommend it to a friend? We would love to hear your opinions in the comments.

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  1. Yo
    May 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Can i use it on android phone like vivo v5

  2. Yo
    May 29, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Can i use it in an android phone like vivo v5??

  3. charles
    August 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    hello, my question is this!
    I lost my usb dongle buh i'v got another from my old headset, can these two pair? and how?

  4. Tobey
    February 13, 2010 at 6:56 am

    My "choice" is MS W7 for one simple but solid reason: compatibility with the rest of the world.. most of it. However, frequent use of portable apps / web apps keeps making the actual OS running them less and less important. The truth is.. when you find this another awesome program on the web that you definitely want to use, it's probably coded for Windows.. That's all that matters, ain't it? Well, not really, but you get the point :-)

  5. Gabriel
    February 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

    My question isn't directly relate to the topic... but what do you use your Ubuntu laptop for? You've got a Mac and a PC, so what do you do with your Linux laptop?

    • Karl Gechlik | AskTheAdmin.com
      February 13, 2010 at 6:48 am

      So being in the tech industry i need to stay on top of everything. I actually like using the lappie with Ubuntu on it. But really I can do everything that I do on any OS nowadays. With VNC, remote desktop and boot camp I am good to go whatever you give me! What OS do you guys use?

  6. Tobey
    February 3, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I guess the advanced electronics included in your headset take up too much space to allow for embedding the wireless transmition parts inside of the earphone... Otherwise I'd consider it rather annoying to have to use an additional USB adapter to make it work. My Sony DR-BT21G headset needs nothing but the BT adapter already built into my laptop and it just hooks up to the computer via this interface and works out of the box. Unless Windows decide not to push audio thru A2DP and require a restart like yesterday, that is. But that's another story. Overall, I find the above mentioned headset very convenient especially in connection with smarthphone/mp3 since it has a mike built in as well as buttons for remote control on it. I consider the audio quality to be more than adequate for its cost (not the cheapest headset around) and its ridiculously small volume. It can also withstand more pressure than appears at first sight.. the material is flexible.
    I don't like Sony but I gotta admit they know how to make things work efficiently while shrunk to necessary minimum.

    • Tobey
      February 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

      Oh, my bad. I overlooked the beginning of the article. Now, if it works without the dongle too, that's a whole different story and makes them pretty usable too.