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Nowadays, Dolphin can directly pair and connect to RVL-CNT-01-TR remotes without the aid of 3rd party software/hardware in nearly all currently supported desktop OSes. Most content of this guide is only applicable to older OS versions that are not supported by Dolphin anymore (e.g. Windows 7/8/8.1), or relies on discontinued software, not available anymore (e.g. Toshiba Bluetooth Stack).
Released only a year after the Wii MotionPlus accessory, the Wii Remote Plus is a Wii Remote with the MotionPlus addon built into the Wii Remote. Unfortunately, shortly after the Wii Remote Pluses came out, a new Wii Remote Plus type appeared. Whereas the standard Wii Remotes and the very first Wii Remote Pluses register as RVL-CNT-01, the new Wii Remotes register as RVL-CNT-01-TR. What exactly changed is unknown, but all -TR Wii Remotes may need additional hardware/software to work with Dolphin. Since all Wii Remotes for sale in stores since 2011 are -TR Wii Remotes, this has become a growing problem. Fortunately, they can work with Dolphin -- with some special requirements. This guide tells you how to connect and use a RVL-CNT-01-TR Wii Remote Plus in Dolphin.
Note that the very first Wii Remote Pluses, such as those included in FlingSmash and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, are not RVL-CNT-01-TR Wii Remotes. For this reason, this guide will not use the blanket "Wii Remote Plus" term, but will use "-TR Wii Remote" to refer to the RVL-CNT-01-TR Wii Remotes specifically. While the addition of the sync button on the battery cover is the common way to tell non-TR Wii Remote Pluses from -TR Wii Remote Pluses, even that is not 100% reliable. The only way to know for sure to is connect it to a computer and see if it is registered as RVL-CNT-01-TR.
In the Bluetooth Passthrough mode, -TR Wii Remotes are not an issue at all. Refer to Bluetooth Passthrough for details.
Linux (> 3.11) does not require any special treatment. Use the normal connecting methods shown in Configuring Controllers.
Since 5.0-876, the DolphinBar can also be used on Linux.
macOS does not require any special hardware or software. It only requires a device be paired beforehand.
Once the pairing process is completed, the controller will be usable on Dolphin, as further instruction is available in the Configuring Controllers guide. However the red Sync button must be pressed instead of 1 + 2 every time to connect.
Since the El Capitan update, Bluetooth pairing requires a passcode. To get the Bluetooth passcode you must find the Bluetooth address of the Wii remote.
For some people, pairing using the method above does not work. If this is the case open Dolphin, click on "Controller", select "Real WiiMote" from the Wiimote settings, press the red sync button on the back of the Wii remote and hit "refresh" under "Real Wiimote".
Windows includes the MS Bluetooth Stack and most Bluetooth adapters use it by default. Starting with Dolphin Configuring Controllers. If you're running Windows 7 or earlier you'll have a previous version of MS Bluetooth Stack that lacks some Bluetooth functions which the -TR Wii Remote uses. In that case you have two solutions for this problem, the DolphinBar or the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack. Both have superior Bluetooth functionality and not only allow -TR Wii Remotes to work, but also fix minor Wii Remote bugs that are present in the MS Bluetooth Stack used on Windows 7 and earlier., if you're using Windows 8 or newer, all you need to do to connect -TR Wii Remotes is the typical Wii Remote connectivity as described in
The Mayflash DolphinBar is a combination Bluetooth adapter and Sensor Bar. It doesn't reveal any of the Bluetooth information to the operating system, instead sending HID packets directly to Dolphin without a Bluetooth Stack, thus allowing -TR support, syncing of Wii Remotes, and other features superior to what the Toshiba Stack can offer. However, since it does this, it is only useful for supported Wii controllers, and cannot be used as a full Bluetooth adapter. Full details are available in the DolphinBar Hardware Review, and links to purchase one are available on our Recommended Accessories page.
The Toshiba Stack provides full Bluetooth on Windows 7, for everything, not just Wii Remotes, and it has full -TR support. However, it requires the additional step of connecting Wii Remotes through the Toshiba Stack instead of just through Dolphin.
The link provided below is the official download page for Toshiba Stack. Use the newest version; it has the highest known compatibility. If the newest version doesn't work feel free to try older ones. Please be aware that Toshiba Stack will start in trial mode when using on a unsupported dongle subjected with forced driver installation, and will eventually require a supported adapter to continue use of the software.
The Toshiba Stack only supports a limited number of Bluetooth adapters. For absolute maximum compatibility, buy a Bluetooth adapter that is specifically designed to use the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack; look for "Toshiba Bluetooth Software" somewhere on the package or for "Toshiba" in the comments on the online store. There is a small possibility that the adapter not in the list can be used with Toshiba Stack, through the installation with an edited driver file, as instructed in the later section. But please acknowledge that it is preferably for experienced users only. The instruction will be divided at some point for the users and their specific adapters throughout this guide, starting from the first step in the next section below.
The connection setup with the -TR Wii Remote is completed and will be usable with Dolphin, as further instruction is available in the Configuring Controllers guide.
If Toshiba Stack does not seem to detect the adapter and shows endless "Please plug in the Bluetooth device and click OK button" prompts, it is because the Toshiba Stack will only install its drivers onto the adapter with a matching USB\VID number from the list. Naturally, the adapters not in the list are not supported and will be skipped. It is possible to make a workaround by adding the excluded adapter's USB\VID into the list.
By default, 64-bit versions of Windows does not let the users install drivers which are not signed. So, after modifying tosrfusb.inf its signature won't be valid anymore and Windows will block the installation unless Driver Signature Enforcement is disabled. Follow these steps on Windows 7:
The first step may run into the possibility of BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Save everything and be prepared beforehand.
While there is no option to buy the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack without the bundled hardware, there is a way to make the Bluetooth device recognized as one. Paste the following into Notepad and save it as a .reg file, then run it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Toshiba\BluetoothStack\V1.0\Mng] "TestVersion"="0"