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Using Wii Remote with Toshiba Bluetooth stack

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Pairing procedure for Wii Remote controllers in iPi Recorder supports only standard Microsoft Bluetooth stack, which is used on Windows by default. The original Wii Remote Plus controller (with built-in Motion Plus sensor) works well with that stack. However, the newer model of Wii Remote Plus has some changes which do not allow it to operate correctly using Microsoft Bluetooth stack. The only solution that is currently known is to use Toshiba Bluetooth stack instead. Below you find an instruction to make new Wii Remote Plus work with iPi Recorder (starting from version


Do you need Toshiba Bluetooth stack for your controller?

You can find out whether your Wii Remote Plus is newer or older by looking at its name as a Bluetooth device.

  • Launch the standard Windows Add Bluetooth Device dialog.
  • Press 1+2 buttons on your Wii Remote. Alternatively, press the SYNC button under or on the cover of the battery compartment.
  • Older Wii Remote will display as Nintendo RVL-CNT-01, newer Wii Remote as Nintendo RVL-CNT-01-TR (the difference is in -TR suffix).

Tip. The pairing procedure in iPi Recorder warns you automatically if it detects that at least one of the devices you are trying to pair is a newer one.

If you have only newer Wii Remotes or a mix of older and newer ones, then you should use Toshiba Bluetooth stack. If you only have older ones, then you can safely stay with Microsoft Bluetooth stack.

Get a right Bluetooth adapter

The Toshiba Bluetooth stack officially supports a limited number of Bluetooth adapters. You can force installing Toshiba drivers for other adapters (see here), but this will be considered a trial and, by the license, requires you to pay Toshiba for this usage. Therefore, it is highly recommended to get a Bluetooth dongle that is officialy supported. You can find such dongles by looking for the word "Toshiba" somewhere on the package or in the product description. Some of supported models are listed below:

  • Azio BTD-V201
  • Cirago BTA3210
  • Cirago BTA6210
  • SiteCom CN-516
  • SiteCom CN-523
  • Toshiba PA3710U-1BTM

Install Toshiba drivers

You can get the latest drivers for Bluetooth stack on the Toshiba website:

Alternatively, if you use officially supported Bluetooth dongle, it should come with CD/DVD containing the Toshiba Bluetooth stack.

Connect your Bluetooth adapter, and run the installer. Then follow the instructions. Reboot the computer when prompted.

Connect Wii Remote

  1. Open Toshiba Bluetooth settings.
  2. Press the New Connection button to launch the Add New Connection wizard. It may be launched automatically if no Bluetooth connections were previously set up.
  3. On the first page, select Express mode and press Next.
  4. The wizards starts to search for Bluetooth devices.
  5. Press the SYNC button on your Wii Remote. The button is located inside the battery compartment.
    On the new model, it is also duplicated on the cover of battery compartment. Thus, you do not need to open the cover, but instead need a pen or other thin hard object to press this duplicate.
    All LEDs will start blinking.
    Wii-SYNC-button-inside.jpg Wii-SYNC-button-outside.jpg
  6. The wizard begins to connect with Wii Remote. There is no need to enter any PIN code.
  7. After a few seconds, the wizard closes, and Wii Remote is listed in Bluetooth connections as Nintendo RVL-CNT-01-TR (or without -TR for older models). The LEDs on Wii Remote are still blinking.
    Tip. Next time, to connect this Wii Remote, simply double-click its icon in connections list and press the SYNC button when prompted to prepare a device for connection.
  8. Repeat previous steps to connect other Wii Remotes, if necessary.
  9. Now open iPi Recorder. After it finishes to refresh the device list, connected Wii Remotes should appear in this list. Their LEDs stop blinking, some LED (or combination) is constantly glowing.
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