Modding the Asus 701 (Eee) – Bluetooth

Last week I researched how to subvert the Asus 701 (Eee)!

Last year I documented adding internal USB Bluetooth to another sub-notebook…

Now I’ve combined the two – I’ve added internal USB Bluetooth to my Eee without interfering with the built-in wireless, using the empty mini PCIe card slot, or disabling any of the available USB ports :)

First, I stripped the casing and USB connector off a small USB Bluetooth module (Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR):

After soldering 30 ga. flexible insulated wire to the USB Bluetooth module, I wrapped it in Kapton tape:

Then I connected the USB Bluetooth module to a 5V trace (off in standby) and a nearby ground trace – I used the USB signals available on the mini PCIe card slot occupied by the Atheros mini PCIe wireless card:

Finally, I decided to install the USB Bluetooth module in the area between the track pad and the status lights under the palm rest. I picked this location because there’s no shielding over the front edge of the palm rest to interfere with the PCB antenna on the USB Bluetooth module:

The end result in Xandros Linux:

The end result in Windows XP:

Here I have a Bluetooth mouse connected as well as my Sony Ericsson K850i which is being used both as an HSDPA modem over Bluetooth and as the camera taking these pictures:

641 Kbps dpwn and 264 Kbps up – pretty good for an HSDPA modem over Bluetooth, especially indoors, right next to a wireless router:

Just remember, kids… Don’t try this at home!

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90 Responses to Modding the Asus 701 (Eee) – Bluetooth

  1. Now… if we could only add a GPS module in there… :)
    There are new GPS chips coming out, with just a few mm… Could we fit one of those in there as well?
    Sort of these ones:

    http://www.edn-europe.com/50channelgpsmoduleseriescanacquiresignalin1sec+article+1906+Europe.html

    And the new 3.5G mobile internet access USB dongles are as small as a USB flash disk… I think we could squeeze in there as well.

    With Mobile Internet connectivity and GPS, the Eee PC would be nearly perfect.

    Now… if we could only fit a 10″ 1024×600 LCD in there…
    :)

  2. Just for reference, that uBlox GPS module I was talking about:
    It’s a complete, standalone GPS receiver in just 17 x 22 mm
    (available for under 100 Eur as a sample from UBlox or for 150 Eur as a complete evaluation kit)

  3. Now the real question, if I buy all the parts and fedex it to you, will you make it for me? :D

  4. [...] Mobile gives us a look at how Bluetooth can be added to an EEE PC for additional connectivity [...]

  5. Kwong says:

    Tnkgrl: you’re a rockstar! Can a newbie like me actually do this myself?

  6. TomTheGeek says:

    Congratulations on another great bluetooth hack. I haven’t decided to pick up on of these laptops yet but this would have been the first thing I did to it.

  7. Alex says:

    Im with you carlosmmartins – gps should be able to work. i guess space is the problem. Y not a ripped apart usb gps?

    Im also thinking this should work on any umpc. Might try both on my q1u.

  8. Shikamjr says:

    Very impressive way to implement bluetooth !
    I’m not sure I’ll perform same thing on my “future” eeePC ;-0

  9. [...] Finally, one of the first and fairly easy to do mods for the Eee has come to light.  While this does require some soldiering it isn’t hard or expensive.  All you need is a soldiering iron, a small USB bluetooth dongle and some quality time with your Eee.  I plan on trying this mod out tonight on my Eee and I will be sure to report on its success.  Hopefully this is the first of many such mods for the Eee.  Read  [...]

  10. Nicely done, can you post some details about how easy it is to fit into the casing with your mod? Maybe some pictures? :)

  11. Triften says:

    Kwong, It looks like as long as you have some steady hands for the “surgery”, the only part you should practice is the soldering. You’ll still need steady hands judging from the size of the circuitry.

    And, if you open your eee and find that things aren’t like they are in the pictures, it’s okay to bail on the project.

  12. Pete says:

    There are some very small gps units available.

    http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8291

    Although it will need a serial to USB chip and an antenna it’s still probably possible to fit it in the case.

  13. Alex says:

    Good Find Pete I may give it a try!

  14. [...] ab. Kaum sind die ersten eeePCs ausgeliefert, gibt es erste Hardware-Mods. Im Weblog von tnkgrl  findet sich eine englisch-sprachige,detaillierte und bebilderte Anleitung, wie man Bluetooth [...]

  15. Lutz says:

    Wow, that’s great. I’ve linked to this article in my Weblog (german). Hope, it’s ok to use of one of your pics.

  16. AMD Opteron says:

    Nice mod dude, too bad Eee does not have AMD processor in it :(

  17. [...] your creative mind and love to hack eee pc, then you can try this hack which was demonstrated by tnkgrl . Utilize a standard Bluetooth dongle, tnkgrl stripped it down and connect it to a mini PCIe slot [...]

  18. Mike says:

    Oh, Kapton tape is what that stuff is!

    Any opinion about which of the thicknesses (1,2,5 Mil) is best to have on hand?

  19. [...] Add Bluetooth to your Eee Filed under: Uncategorized — 0ddn1x @ 2007-11-29 19:21:35 +0000 http://tnkgrl.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/modding-the-asus-701-eee-bluetooth/ [...]

  20. [...] hazaña fue realizada por un usuario de nick tnkgrl, quien la publico en su blog. Este modder utilizo un dongle Bluetooth USB, al cual despojo de su [...]

  21. [...] Modding the Asus 701 (Eee) – Bluetooth « tnkgrl Mobile (tags: toread) [...]

  22. Dave says:

    Thanks for the article. Of course I have questions.

    1.
    Are you connecting to the same USB lines as one of the external ports or is this a spare USB port?
    2.
    I’m wondering if this impacts the use of the external USB ports?
    3.
    The Mini-PCIe slot; have you tried any cards in there? Especially Flash cards and possibly a cell modem card?

    Having a Cell modem card in one of these would be just the nuts and I’ve heard that ASUS was going to offer up such a combo.

    Dave

  23. fr0sty says:

    This sounds really awesome, but does it have any big effect on the battery life?

  24. Nathan says:

    You modded the OQO to have HSDPA, why not do the same thing with the eee pc. Would it work to yank the pcie wireless module and slot a hsdpa one instead?

  25. [...] super-sexy Asus Eee PC is pretty nicely loaded up as delivered, but hackers are already working on mods to “improve” the device. Man, I want one of this little beauties (via [...]

  26. [...] the Asus Eee PC. Over at tnkgrl there are extensive pictures of the internals, and now a new post with detailed instructions on adding a USB Bluetooth adapter to it without losing the USB [...]

  27. [...] forum  showing us how to install additional software on this Cute laptop ans last week tnkgrl give us a guide to install internal bluetooth to this Asus UMPC.And now, Eee PC forumshow us how to [...]

  28. hans says:

    If you are using Xandros do you have to use the command line every single time you want to use your mouse?

    when i connect my dongle and mouse via the command line it’s reset and doesn’t respond after start up or standby.

    are you getting around this somehow?

  29. Andrew R says:

    this is cool, could you theoreticlally wire in any USB device you wanted as long as it would fit? i am going to be buying an Eee pretty soon and i plan to put windows on it, but when i do i need to put the paging file somewhere besides the flash HD, if i could strip down a high speed USB flash drive and put it in there like that it could use it for the paging file, or maybe as extra memory. either way it would be sweet did anybody find out if it affects the external USB ports? great article thanks!

  30. [...] It doesn’t come with bluetooth built in , but three usb ports mean that you can always use a usb bluetooth if you need that feature.  Or if you are very brave and don’t mind voiding your warranty, tnkgrl has posted instructions for modding it for internal bluetooth! [...]

  31. [...] Derefter skal jeg have fundet ud af, hvordan jeg får noget Bluetooth smidt i den. Det skal bruges til headset og ikke mindst kommunikation med min mobiltelefon, så jeg kan gå på nettet. Det kunne godt være sådan en her eller også skulle man bare gå efter det totale mod. [...]

  32. Pablo says:

    does that mean if you get a 16 or 32 Gb usb stick you could possibly add that much internal storage aswell, or am i wrong?

  33. Pablo says:

    also considering 4g from the uk or 8g from taiwan via ebay, which one do you recomend?

  34. [...] Modding the Asus 701 (Eee) – Bluetooth (tags: eeepc hardware) [...]

  35. [...] Dopo i mod per inserire porte USB supplementari nel vano per la MiniPCIe, i mod per aggiungere un dongle bluetooth interno e per installare un touchscreen sopra al monitor standard, ora è stato installato anche un [...]

  36. Jonty says:

    To everyone wanting to add GPS – well now you have put bluetooth inside. why not use a bluetooth GPS receiver? THey are small and can be placed in the car for optimum reception, and then you can place the Eee where you can best see it (rather then perched precariously on the dashboard)

  37. Some Guy says:

    So would it be possible to connect the bluetooth antenna to the internal wifi antenna and boost the range?

  38. [...] thing actually fits inside the cover of a standard iPod dock connector.Bonus: [tnkgrl] added a USB bluetooth adapter to her eeePC after her circuit tracing [...]

  39. bart9h says:

    Does it also work on the black model?

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  41. James Holden says:

    I’ve also successfully completed this mod, but I put the bluetooth module in the screen bezel because the body of the case seemed to be painted inside with some conductive shielding paint.

    http://jamesholden.net/2008/01/31/asus-eeepc-internal-bluetooth/

  42. dolphin says:

    wow, another no fear discovery!

  43. [...] ada yg mencobanya dan berhasil kok. 2. Yg kedua, ini kalau udah punya keberanian sih.. saya mau instal internal bluetooth module buat koneksi internet di manapun selama ada jangkauan GSM, atau install internal HSDPA modul aja [...]

  44. [...] started with the extra 16GB SSD, followed by internal bluetooth. Then there comes the ASUS EEE touchscreen and now the internal High Speed 3G capability. And there [...]

  45. USB Dani says:

    This is so great, cause now I can “mod” my Asus EEE PC with a internal USB Bluetooth! perfect! great documentation! Thanks for helping – dani!

  46. [...] Modding the Asus 701 (Eee) – Bluetooth « tnkgrl Mobile I’ve added internal USB Bluetooth to my Eee without interfering with the built-in wireless, using the empty mini PCIe card slot, or disabling any the available USB ports (tags: hardware hacks bluetooth) [...]

  47. [...] Tnkgrl mods the Asus to have internal Bluetooth [...]

  48. Asus Eee PC says:

    Thanks – great how to!

  49. tnkgrl, this is a very nice presentation of bluetooth tech.

    To answer some questions about the mods….

    I have a 4g EEE PC with full Linux and have so far added:
    1. three internal USB
    2. Bluetooth USB (your post helped :D)
    3. Garmin GPS navigator (fits nicely in the screen)
    4. internal SD HC card (12 Gb)
    5. digital thermometer (to measure how hot the EEE runs)
    6. internal FM transmitter (also fits in screen case)
    7. AND a dial-up modem (because my parents haven’t yet gotten high speed…)

    So, no worries abut space then right?

  50. usb says:

    Nice how to! Thanks a lot!

  51. Toothpick Bandit says:

    Tnkgrl, I thought I’d stop by and say thanks for the info. Following your pictures I was able to install my D-link Bluetooth module yesterday. I choose to mount it in the screen bezel; I figured there would be less shielding there to get in the way. The hardest part of the mod was getting the windows drivers working properly but it’s all sorted now.

    Thanks again

    Bandit

  52. Harty A. Klein says:

    Looking for the cheapest version with SD HC 8 GB

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  54. ElvSpin says:

    Can I add a bluetooth to a EEE PC -900?, does it have an empty mini pciex slot?

  55. eloy says:

    great work, i´ll try this at mine!

  56. Peter Nowak says:

    Hey tnkgrl, (hope you read this, or perhaps someone else can help?)

    I while ago (about 3 yers, sight how time flies) you did a similar mod to a Averatec 1050 when you installed a Bluetooth USB module onto the “3’d” onboard USB port. I picked up on that and did the same mod on my 1050 and it worked great, THANKS FOR THE INFO!!!

    I’m just wondering, if you perhaps still have the info on how to do it available and more specifically, where that 2’nd USB dataline goes, let me explain:

    If you remember, the +5V and 0V and one of the datalines were on the top side of the mainboard, the second dataline was on the underside of the mainboard, under the HD, it was actually a “test point” on the board that you showed to solder to. If I’m not mistaking you even mentioned that you couldn’t find a point for the second dataline on the top side of the mainboard. Anyway, this “testpoint” on the underside of my mainboard has fallen off and as the board is multilayer which meansthat I can’t find that point to the second dataline and I’m just wondering if you happen to know another point that I could find that second dataline to solder to?

    Any help would REALLY be appreciated

    BTW The Averatec forums are down and have been so for a while now, hence I can’t find your pics and comments any more.

    Thanks in advance!

    /Pete

  57. tnkgrl says:

    @Peter Hmmm… I you read this post again carefully you will notice that I linked to the AV1050 mod!

  58. Peter Nowak says:

    Ah yes, there it is, can’t beleive I missed it… Thanks!

    I don’t suppose you remember or perhaps can still check if there is another “test point” for the “USB Data 2″ ? (The one underneath the HD)

    As mentioned, that particular testpoint, has been working for 3 year now on my AV1050 but has now fallen off (no doubt due to my bad soldering) and it’s the actual “metal solder point” that has fallen off together with the wire, so I need to find another place to solder a wire onto the “USB Data 2″

    The other 3 connection points (USB Data 1 and 5V and 0V) are just fine…

    Thanks again for the quick reply, this really was a fantastic mod!

  59. tnkgrl says:

    @Peter, I see :/ I’m afraid there’s not much you can do. You can try to follow the trace the test pad was attached to in the hopes of finding another test pad or a component to solder to, or (this is what I’d do) scrape the varnish off the trace and solder directly to it.(this is very delicate work, though).

  60. Peter Nowak says:

    Thanks again tnkgrl! After I read your article again (and refreshed my memory) the “scraping the varnish off” the trace seems like the best suggestion, so I guess I should be looking for the 3 pair of traces (near pin A20) identify the pair that is “USB3″ and then scrape off the varnish of “DATA USB2″ right? I haven’t had a close look at my mainboard yet, but looking at your pictures, are there really 3 pairs of traces, they look more like 3 single traces to me… Or are they so microscopical that there really are 6 traces all together but on the picture it just looks like 3?

    Thanks again! This really does help, at least there is still hope :)

  61. Peter Nowak says:

    Hi again tnkgrl,
    just wanted to say thanks (yet again) just as you suggested, I scraped the varnish of the trace for “USB DATA2″ and connected to that trace. It was the very top trace that was the “USB DATA2″ I found the right one and it’s all working again.

    BR

    /Pete

  62. Terry says:

    I think the coolext thing about the EEE is the ability to mod it. Compared to the HP 2133, my EEE is much more fun to play with. Now – when will the next model be coming out>?

  63. Rikard says:

    An alternative if you feel you can “waste” an usb port and feel unsure about hardware hacks is the Ultra Small Bluetooth 2 USB Adapter 10m BT-2400p from Trust, Swedes can get it from here: http://www.netonnet.se/index.asp?iid=104946

  64. [...] I’m no stranger to modding the old Eee, I’m eager to find out how much the new Eee can be [...]

  65. dannymax5 says:

    woow! bien echo
    yo adoro mi eee pc y no podria meterle mano pero en fin me da gusto que se puedan hcer mas cosas con este tipo de computadoras super portatiles
    saludos desde chicago, il.

  66. [...] This guide will walk you through the motherboard modification and installing an internal Bluetooth module into an Asus Eee 701. I’ve added internal USB Bluetooth to my Eee without interfering with the built-in wireless, using the empty mini PCIe card slot, or disabling any of the available USB ports [...]

  67. Anders says:

    Can this be made with a eee 900 pc 16gigg?

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  71. Ольга says:

    Оооо! Вот это в точку сказано. Люблю, когда все к месту и при этом понятно для простого смертного.

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  77. fortexg says:

    Hi,
    Great internal USB bluetooth mods!
    Just figuring out how to add BT to a Sony Vaio X505…
    BTW: all USB BT dongles I’ve tried so far get quite warm = they use a lot of current even when not in use. If mounted internally, there is no way to switch it off (except adding a switch to 5V). I guess most heat comes from linear voltage converter – BT & USB chips surely work on 3.3 or 2.8V, not 5V. Have you tried to connect a BT module to a voltage lower than 5V inside a computer? USB should still work fine, since it uses LVDS signalling.

  78. Frankie says:

    Tnkgrl, (that’s one of my most favoritest movies, btw)
    I think you mentioned the wireless is had via a mini-pci-e wireless card, if that is correct and i didn’t misread, could one replace that pci-e card, with a wireless+bluetooth mini pci-e card and achieve functionality? Of course, that’s not as fun, and a bit more expensive, but
    that’d be sweet and I wouldn’t have to risk shorting a circuit – I can solder, but I have the distinct peculariarity of having very steady hands – until I try to hold them steady. I can’t seem to solder anything without leaving atleast a 22mm glob of solder in my wake!

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  80. Usdating says:

    Very very usefull info. I think this is a ‘TOP1 Article into Build Link Popularity. Keep going!

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  82. Michael R. Barrick says:

    So here I am, looking at messing around with my old 701, and who do I run into… :-)

  83. kike Peru says:

    very good, my friend…as you would for a Intel d915pgn??? thank´s

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