If you connect to a Bluetooth device and see ELK-BLEDOM unexpectedly listed in the device list, you might be wondering what it is. Fortunately, it is a mystery that we can clear up.
ELK-BLEDOM is a Bluetooth LED light strip
If you see ELK-BLEDOM in the Bluetooth connection list on any device (such as an iPhone, Android smartphone, PC, Mac, or other), chances are someone nearby has a smart LED light strip plugged in.
These light strips, which can be controlled via a smartphone app via Bluetooth, are typically sold on Amazon.com, and they use a generic Bluetooth chipset that appears as “ELK-BLEDOM” in Bluetooth device listings.
For example, here is a manual for one of the light strips that requires owners to log into ELK-BLEDOM to control the light with an app on a smartphone. It’s likely that dozens of LED strip light brands on Amazon use this same generic chipset, which is likely commercially available in China, where they’re made.
What if I don’t have an LED light strip?
The reason ELK-BLEDOM is such a mystery is that people searching for Bluetooth devices see nearby light strips belonging to others, most likely their neighbors. In one example, we saw (and connected to) an LED light strip located in another house over 70 feet away.
The “BLE” in the name likely refers to Bluetooth Low Energy, which is a type of Bluetooth designed for low-power devices. But ironically, these LED light strips seem to have a stronger Bluetooth signal than many other devices because they can often be seen on Bluetooth listings at unusually large distances. The range of a typical Bluetooth device is usually around 30 feet.
This is not a hidden camera
We have seen rumors online that ELK-BLEDOM may refer to a hidden camera or security camera with Bluetooth capability. After an intensive search, we couldn’t find any manuals or documentation to confirm this. Most likely, the camera rumor arose as a concern for people seeing ELK-BLEDOM who don’t have an LED light strip in their household (or don’t know their LED light strip has Bluetooth capabilities.)
Even so, you can easily rule out the possibility of a camera by downloading an LED light controller app on your phone, like duoCo Strip on iPhone or Android. When you run it, you’ll probably see “BLEDOM” or “ELK-BLEDOM” in the “Manage Group” tab on the side. If so, you know it’s a light strip. Additionally, you may even be able to connect to the light strip device if the signal is strong enough. Amazingly, these LED light strips don’t use any form of wireless security, so if you have one, anyone nearby with the app can control it.
Also, if you want to try to physically locate the ELK-BLEDOM device, you can use an app like Wunderfind (on iPhone or Android). To do this, run Wunderfind and walk around the area, and you’ll see the distance to ELK-BLEDOM change as you move.
By doing this, you can determine the direction and distance it is, and possibly locate the device if it is not in someone else’s house or apartment next door. Good luck and stay safe out there!
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