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About The IPEGA PG-9017 Bluetooth Controller

The IPEGA PG-9017

The IPEGA PG-9017 Bluetooth Controller

I keep seeing ads for the IPEGA PG-9017 Bluetooth Controller. So I decided to do a little research to see if it is worth doing an article on. To my surprise, its actually a cool little gadget at a great price.

The IPEGA PG-9017 Bluetooth Controller is designed for Android and IOS smartphones, such as Certain Galaxies, iPhone, Droids, etc. It has a extendable grip to support different phone sizes to play games via Bluetooth using a gamepad.

Features

  • 4 modes of use: iCade, Mouse, Keyboard and Joystick.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • 6~8 meters of wireless range.
  • Compatible with iOS, Android tablets, smartphones.
  • Built-in lithium battery.
  • Buttons: A, B, X, Y, L, R, Select, Start and HOME.
  • Pads: one D-Pad and two Analogs.
  • Power saving mode when no use.
  • Material: plastic
  • Offered in two colors: black or white.

How To Use

In order to use this Android Bluetooth controller (also works on iOS), you only need to own a device with Bluetooth. However, not every device will pair with the IPEGA PG-9017 due to some Android bugs. For instance, this Bluetooth gamepad did not work with the HTC Desire HD running Android 2.3.3. However, after installing the Blackout v3.2 ICS ROM (Android 4.0.4), they worked fine. So, try to find information from other IPEGA PG-9017 owners on the Internet or buy it and try for yourself.

Getting back to the how-to, follow the steps below to pair and connect IPEGA PG-9017 to your Android smartphone (iPhone, iPad and iPod should be similar):

Step 1: Make sure the Bluetooth gamepad is OFF (SEARCH LED should be off). If on, hold HOME button for a few seconds to turn it off.
Step 2: Attach the smartphone in the Bluetooth gamepad grip.
Step 3: Go to Bluetooth settings of your smartphone and turn on Bluetooth.
Step 4: Now, depending on the mode you want turn it on, hold down A, B, X or Y (details in the next section).
Step 5: Still holding one of those four buttons (ABXY), hold down HOME button for a few seconds until the SEARCH LED start blinking, which means the Android controller is on and searching for devices to pair.
Step 6: Now, release the pressed buttons, get back to the smartphone screen and click on the option to scan for Bluetooth devices. That option may be hidden depending on Android version, so maybe the MENU button of your smartphone can help.
Step 7: After finding the IPEGA PG-9017, your smartphone will list a new device: “Bluetooth Gamepad”.
Step 8: Touch this new item. A menu will popup asking for pair. Just confirm the pairing process and wait for conclusion.
Step 9: After successful pairing, wait again until your Android smartphone try to connect to Android gamepad automatically. If it fails, see note 2.
Step 10: After successful connecting (SEARCH LED will stay on and smartphone will mark this Android gamepad as connected), you are ready to try to use this Android gamepad with your game or emulator. If it fails connecting, see note 2.

The next part is to try to use IPEGA PG-9017 wireless Bluetooth controller with your game or emulator. Most of the retro emulators (for SNES, Mega Drive, Nintendo 64, Playstation, NES, Master System, Arcade, Neo Geo, etc.) allow you to configure a Bluetooth controller, at least in KEYBOARD mode. However, just a few Android games accept these Bluetooth controllers (currently), so you will have to try the modes until find something playable. By the way, make sure to unpair, turn off, turn on in other mode and pair again the IPEGA PG-9017 to avoid Bluetooth bugs. If Android do not unpair it in either way, reboot your smartphone.
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