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iPad Bluetooth Switch Access Disconnecting? Get Hooked!

We have been using Bluetooth switch interfaces with the Apple mobile devices and the built-in switch access for a few years with our clients here at IPAT.  We have found that in some instances, the switch interface’s Bluetooth connection with the iDevice disconnects frequently, and the individual does not have the support system to get it reconnected in a timely manner or at all.

Enter Ablenet’s Hook+!  This interface hooks directly to any Apple iOS device with a Lightning connection and works with iOS 7’s or higher, built-in switch controls.  The Hook+ provides the user with up to 4 switch ports, a charging port for continued power, and the ability to stay connected for as long as you desire.

We have used it here successfully with several clients, and it has solved the issues we have had with Bluetooth switch disconnect. We should note that it only works with the iOS built-in switch controls. According to the manufacturer and from our tests, Hook+ will not work with switch controls within a particular app.  The pictures above show switch scanning with Proloquo2Go using the iOS 9 switch controls.

If you would like instructions on how to set up iOS switch control you can use the manual by Ablenet or you can seek help on Apple’s website. You can also refer to the video below. If you would like to rent the Hook+ device from our loan library or see a demonstration, please call us at 1-800-895-4728 or email us at ipatinfo@ndipat.org.

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