Bluetooth dongle with 2012 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by andymac2210, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. andymac2210 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    After a lot of reading I've come to the conclusion that the bluetooth chip on the latest MBP is crap.
    I thought it was just me or I was doing something wrong, but the magic mouse lag is apparently a problem for a lot of people on the newer macs.

    So basically I want to get a bluetooth dongle and connect my magic mouse and keyboard through that.
    Is that possible without any 'hackie' type things?
  2. andymac2210 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    And would anyone recommend a specific dongle?
  3. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    I use the MS Bluetooth Mouse and zero problems on my MBPr.

    I love this mouse and have been using one on my MBPs for years.

    No problems on my MBPr so far...

  4. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    You might be able to replace the wireless daughter card with one from a different mac. It's just miniPCIe. Can't say I've had any trouble with the bluetooth though. If anything, it's been more reliable than other machines.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I used to use this one from Dlink on a Mac Pro I had with no drivers or anything needed. I don't know if it would still work on a MBP. Even though the product is discontinued, I see they are available on eBay.
  6. andymac2210 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    Well I picked up a belkin one and it seems a lot better.

    BT signal strength has increased dramatically and I've not (yet) experienced any stuttering.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    That's quite odd, I've been using bluetooth and a magic mouse for a long time (almost since the magic mouse came out) and I have never experienced any kind of stuttering.

    I'm in fact currently using it on my 2012 cMBP.
  8. andymac2210 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    Try opening something like final cut while transferring a large file over wifi.

    Happened on my old 2010 MBP too, except I never done stuff so intensive so maybe I never noticed it to the same degree.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    That should be a test worth doing. I'll give it a whirl.
  10. cookinghusband macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2012
    HOng Kong
    may be something in your room is interfering the bluetooth signal?

    or the material on your desk is not working well with the detection on the mouse?
  11. mannyo1221 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Blandford, UK.
    Perhaps change the WIFI channel the router is using. Bluetooth and WIFI operate in the same part of the frequency spectrum, so shifting the frequency of the WIFI should improve things.

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