The Victor Reader Trek GPS navigator, eBook player, pod catcher, and internet radio now can connect to most any Bluetooth speaker, allowing you to listen to podcasts, books, recorded notes, and streaming internet radio through that wireless speaker. We thus, demonstrate here how to pair the Trek to a typical Bluetooth speaker.
Bluetooth Pairing Instructions Summary for the Victor Reader Trek Talking Book Player
In a nutshell, the pairing process is summarized as follows: First, get the Victor Reader Trek ready for pairing. Next, turn on your Bluetooth speaker and put it into Bluetooth pairing mode. Finally, on your Trek, scan for and connect to your speaker. We detail each of these three high level steps next. For this Demo, we’ll be pairing our Trek to the Craig CMA3568 mini Bluetooth speaker, as pictured next.
Victor Reader Trek Bluetooth Pairing Instructions (Detailed)
1. Power on the Victor Reader Trek
Hold in the round power button, located on the top left side of the Trek, as shown next, until the unit vibrates. Then, wait for the green power-on lamp to illuminate and the Trek to complete booting; it’s fully booted once the welcome message plays and the electronic chime sounds.
2. Turn Off Airplane Mode if it’s On
With airplane mode on, the Trek will not be able to connect either to Wi-Fi or to Bluetooth devices. So, it’s necessary to assure that airplane mode is turned off. When the online status lamp, as shown next, either glows solidly or is flashing, this means that airplane mode is definitely off and the unit is trying to connect to an in-range Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device. When the lamp is dark, this COULD mean that airplane mode is on. But it also could mean that, though airplane mode is OFF, that there is nonetheless, no current Wi-Fi connection established. The Trek can indeed be offline (not connected to the internet) even though airplane mode is off.
So, verify that your airplane mode is indeed OFF by pressing and holding the Online button (the circular button with the Wi-Fi symbol in the top row of keys on the front of the unit), until the Trek announces airplane mode status. If it says, “Airplane mode OFF,” then you’re good to go. If it says, “Airplane mode ON,” then press and hold the Online button again until it announces, “Airplane mode OFF.”
Note that you need not be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to pair with a Bluetooth speaker. However, again, airplane mode MUST be disabled.
3. Next, Turn On Your Bluetooth Speaker
We’re using the Craig CMA3568 speaker for this demo, as shown next. For that speaker, the power button is a three-position switch with BT, OFF, and TF positions. To use this speaker as a Bluetooth speaker, we move the switch to the left. This turns the speaker on and places it into pairing mode automatically. No additional button presses needed.
When the speaker is ready to pair, the blue lamp glows and flashes, as shown next.
4. Scan for the Speaker on the Victor Reader Trek
To do that, make sure the unit is working with the online bookshelves by quickly pressing and releasing the Online button until the unit announces, “Online bookshelves.” Then quickly press and release the * key once and then the 7 key twice (*77). The Trek then announces, “Bluetooth.” Then, quickly press and release the 8 key, until the Trek announces, “Connect to Bluetooth device.” Finally, press the # (pound) key. This starts the Trek scanning for Bluetooth devices, and it announces this by saying, “Scanning for Bluetooth devices.” The scan is complete when the Trek announces the number of Bluetooth devices it discovered, as in, “3 devices found.”
5. Select your Bluetooth Speaker from the List of Found Devices
Use the 2 and 8 keys to move up and down in the list of found devices, until the Trek announces the name of your speaker. In this demo it found our speaker, named CMA3568.
6. Connect to your Bluetooth Speaker
With the list cursor currently pointing at your speaker, press the # key. This initiates the connection process. After a short pause, the Trek establishes a connection with the speaker, announcing this by saying, “Connected to <your device name>.” Once the Trek is paired with your speaker, you should now hear any audio that would normally come from the Trek, now emanating from the external Bluetooth speaker that you just successfully paired it with.
Problems You May Encounter
Note that as of this writing, the announcements made by the Trek are sometimes wrong. E.g. Sometimes, when you scan for devices, the list of devices it found does not include your speaker. We’ve found that often, initiating a second or third device scan will find the speaker, and it will appear in the list of discovered Bluetooth devices as expected.
It also happens at times that once you located your speaker in the list and press the # key to connect to it, that the Trek will initially announce, “Connected to Bluetooth device.” But then a second or two later, it announces, “Failed to connect to Bluetooth device.” Again, the answer here is to attempt the scan and connection again. Do this by pressing the * (star) key to leave the Bluetooth menu, then repeat steps 4 through 6 in this procedure. Keep repeating until you successfully establish a Bluetooth connection.
About Memorized Bluetooth Devices
Please note that once your Bluetooth speaker has been added to the previously paired devices list in the Trek, your Trek will connect to it again, when it’s Bluetooth is turned on and it detects that speaker is activated and in Bluetooth range. With our Craig speaker, we just turn the speaker on and it automatically reconnects, without us having to do anything further.
Check out the audio demo we recorded here, that illustrates via example, how to pair and unpair the Trek from a typical Bluetooth speaker.
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- 2018-02-09: Originally published.