Can't get my controller to connect to my PS3?

I'm using a Afterglow wireless PS3 controller, when I turn it on the 4 red lights start flashing. My PS3 says "Connect the controller using a USB cable, then press the PS button" though there is no USB port on the controller. It is powered by 2 AA batteries the battery cover has a hole in it like its meant to have  rechargeable battery pack.


Also when the controller isn't on the red light on the USB dongle flashes, then turns solid when the controller turns on, then the controllers light flash

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