Have anyone successfully added bluetooth or usb media remote controller?(hid device)


Have anyone used hid remotes successfully on rpi with volumio? I’m mainly interested in using bluetooth low energy remote myself, but usb would be option aswell for me.

I just got my rpi4 yesterday and tried to connect it to my ble hid media controller, but it seems while I can connect just fine, the rpi with volumio does not subscribe for indications or notifications automatically so i believe that the OS does not support hid over gatt atleast out the of box.

Is this because of too old bluetooth stack/packages volumio uses? Since from what I found other distros does support hid over gatt out of box.

Will a broke the volumio install if i try manually upgrade those bluetooth related packages to newer ones?

made some progress atleast, now i got all the pieces working, just cant figure how to glue it together.

installed newer bluetooth stack bluez 5.50

volumio@passatmediacenter:~$ dmesg | grep -i -E "bluetooth|input"
[   14.914448] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.22
[   14.914544] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[   14.914575] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[   14.914593] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[   14.914636] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[   15.094668] Bluetooth: HCI UART driver ver 2.3
[   15.094684] Bluetooth: HCI UART protocol H4 registered
[   15.094769] Bluetooth: HCI UART protocol Three-wire (H5) registered
[   15.094990] Bluetooth: HCI UART protocol Broadcom registered
[   15.672346] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[   15.672353] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast
[   15.672365] Bluetooth: BNEP socket layer initialized
[   18.482647] input: Passat SWC kit as /devices/virtual/misc/uhid/0005:5B3A:6B2A.0001/input/input0
[   18.489269] hid-generic 0005:5B3A:6B2A.0001: input,hidraw0: BLUETOOTH HID v90.8c Device [Passat SWC kit] on B8:27:EB:55:7E:86

So my device is registered as hid device by the system, auto connect and registering gatt charasterics is working fine.

btmon receives raw data.

Bluetooth monitor ver 5.50
= Note: Linux version 4.19.118-v7l+ (armv7l)                                                                                                                                                                                        0.712574
= Note: Bluetooth subsystem version 2.22                                                                                                                                                                                            0.712578
= New Index: B8:27:EB:55:7E:86 (Primary,UART,hci0)                                                                                                                                                                           [hci0] 0.712580
= Open Index: B8:27:EB:55:7E:86                                                                                                                                                                                              [hci0] 0.712582
= Index Info: B8:27:EB:55:7E:86 (Broadcom Corporation)                                                                                                                                                                       [hci0] 0.712583
@ MGMT Open: bluetoothd (privileged) version 1.14                                                                                                                                                                          {0x0001} 0.712585
@ MGMT Open: btmon (privileged) version 1.14                                                                                                                                                                               {0x0002} 0.712608
> ACL Data RX: Handle 64 flags 0x02 dlen 10                                                                                                                                                                            #21 [hci0] 103.280748
      ATT: Handle Value Notification (0x1b) len 5
        Handle: 0x0010
          Data: 020800

and evdev does create input device in /dev/input

volumio@passatmediacenter:~$ ls /dev/input event0 mice

the proplem is i cannot receive any data from within the event0 with cat command or python script, anyone have idea?

i think it boild down to a fact that the kernel does not assign any drivers to parse the hid

  looking at device '/devices/virtual/misc/uhid/0005:5B3A:6B2A.0001/input/input0/event0':
    DRIVER==""   <-- nothing

  looking at parent device '/devices/virtual/misc/uhid/0005:5B3A:6B2A.0001/input/input0':
    ATTRS{name}=="Passat SWC kit"

  looking at parent device '/devices/virtual/misc/uhid/0005:5B3A:6B2A.0001':

  looking at parent device '/devices/virtual/misc/uhid':
    DRIVERS==""  <-- nothing