I'm trying to get a BlueZ based userspace app running on a embedded Linux board to use nRF52832 as a Bluetooth connectivity chip. Seems like nRF52832 doesn't support the HCI interface.

  • If a Bluetooth device isn't registered as a HCI device (hciconfig returning nothing) does that mean it's impossible to use BlueZ for it?
  • In this talk (9:32) the BlueZ software architecture mentions HW drivers. Could those mean specific drivers for controlling the chips that don't expose the HCI interface?
  • There seems to be an official GATT driver mentioned in your link. It looks like it provides UART-like connectivity. Have you tried it? Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 17:38
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    @DmitryGrigoryev Yes, I perceive that as a Nordic specific API which would vendor lock me to their chip while interfacing the bluetooth devices through BlueZ would remain the API vendor neutral Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 17:59

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Alan, did you consider posing it in the linux-bluetooth mailing list? http://marc.info/?l=linux-bluetooth Though most of the posts there are patches and bugs, some questions are about such stuff, and most of these questions are addressed.

Regards, Rami Rosen

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