Can USB Beacons Receive Beacon Transmissions?

You might wonder whether a USB beacon can be used to enable desktops/laptops to receive beacon transmissions. Unfortunately, USB beacons don’t work this way and only use the USB connection for power.

Instead you need to look for a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle that supports Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and an associated programming API and/or associated ready-made software.