Getting Started with the BlackBerry Music Gateway

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BlackBerry Music Gateway

The newly-released BlackBerry® Music Gateway helps you experience your music, your way. Using the BlackBerry Music Gateway, you can wirelessly play the music on your BlackBerry® smartphone, BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet or computer through your home stereo or car stereo. Just plug the BlackBerry Music Gateway into your stereo system, and pair it with your BlackBerry device using Bluetooth® connectivity or NFC technology, then fill any room with your music! You’ve got full control over playback, change tracks, volume, and play or pause because your BlackBerry device is your remote control.

To help you get started, here’s a quick overview of how to pair your smartphone or tablet with the BlackBerry Music Gateway as well as some frequently asked questions.

After hooking up the BlackBerry Music Gateway using your desired connections, complete the steps below to pair your smartphone or tablet.

Pair with your smartphone using NFC

If you use a smartphone that supports NFC technology, you can easily pair and unpair devices by tapping your smartphone against the BlackBerry Music Gateway. Also, you can share a song from your playlist with friends and then tap your smartphone against the BlackBerry Music Gateway again to let others share their music. If you use a third-party device, make sure that NFC technology is turned on before attempting to pair with your BlackBerry Music Gateway.

  1. Make sure that your BlackBerry Music Gateway is plugged in to an outlet.
  2. Press the button on the top of the BlackBerry Music Gateway device until the LED flashes red and blue to indicate that the device is in pairing mode.
  3. On your BlackBerry smartphone, select the NFC checkbox in the connections area at the top of the Home screen.
  4. Tap the back of your smartphone against the top of BlackBerry Music Gateway on the logo. If prompted, on your smartphone, click Pair with Bluetooth. Your smartphone vibrates and the LED on your BlackBerry Music Gateway flashes blue when you have successfully paired.
  5. Start listening to some music!

To unpair, tap the back of your smartphone against the top of the BlackBerry Music Gateway again.

Pair with your smartphone or tablet

The BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music to your stereo or speaker system from your BlackBerry smartphone. You can also stream music from other devices that support A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.

  1. Make sure that your BlackBerry Music Gateway is plugged in to an outlet.
  2. Press the button on the top of the BlackBerry Music Gateway device until the LED flashes red and blue to indicate that the device is in pairing mode.
  3. On your BlackBerry smartphone, on the home screen, click the “Manage Connections” icon.
  4. Select “Bluetooth” followed by “Set Up Bluetooth” and search for new devices.
  5. After selecting the BlackBerry Music Gateway, if you are prompted for a passkey, enter “0000”
  6. The LED flashes blue when pairing is successful.
  7. Start listening to some music!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will this work with BlackBerry PlayBook tablet?
A. Yes, the BlackBerry Music Gateway will work with BlackBerry PlayBook tablet; however, it will only work with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 or later.

Q. Will my smartphone device work with BlackBerry Music Gateway if it does not have NFC?
A. Yes, the BlackBerry Music Gateway will work with any Bluetooth device that supports the A2DP Bluetooth profile to stream music (almost every smartphone today supports this profile). NFC makes setup and connecting easier, but is not required.

Q. After I pair the BlackBerry Music Gateway with my BlackBerry smartphone, will it automatically connect again next time?
A. Yes, the BlackBerry Music Gateway will automatically connect to the last connected device. To avoid being prompted every time it attempts to connect, set the BlackBerry Music Gateway as a trusted source under Bluetooth Connections.

Q. Can I stream music directly from my laptop or desktop?
A. Yes, as long as your laptop is Bluetooth-enabled and supports the A2DP profile for streaming audio.

Q. How many devices can be connected to the BlackBerry Music Gateway at one time?
A. Six devices can be saved in the pairing list of the BlackBerry Music Gateway; however, only one device can be connected to it and streaming music at a time. To clear the pairing list, review the BlackBerry Music Gateway documentation.

Q. Can another device pair to the BlackBerry Music Gateway while I am streaming music?
A. The BlackBerry Music Gateway will not go into pairing mode while connected to any device. You must disconnect and then press the top button on the BlackBerry Music Gateway to enable pairing mode.

When using an NFC enabled device, it is easy to switch device connections. Tap the paired device to disconnect, and then tap the new device to connect.

Q. What audio content will play on the BlackBerry Music Gateway?
A. Think of the BlackBerry Music Gateway as your new device speakers. Music, movie soundtracks, and audio from video games will all stream through the BlackBerry Music Gateway.

Got a question about the BlackBerry Music Gateway? Leave a comment and let me know!

About Ty Williams

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