improving the Bluetooth range/signal on my 4,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by zephonic, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. zephonic macrumors 65816

    zephonic

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Location:
    greater L.A. area
    #1
    I use my 4,1 for music and audio, and I have put it behind a wall to eliminate noise. Problem is, my trackpad (1st gen) connects via bluetooth, and now it responds all jittery. It was great when the 4,1 was right there.

    I'm googling bluetooth repeaters/extenders but it not clear to me how they work, or whether they would work at all for my setup.

    Anybody tackled this?

    everymac.com says my computer has bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, but I have not yet been able to determine what protocol the trackpad uses. Since it is from 2010, I assume it would be similar.
     
  2. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    #2
    I run a recording studio with my remote Mac Pro (4,1 > 5,1 hex running 4k monitor, look into the firmware/CPU upgrade!) that has had the internal Bluetooth disconnected. I get Bluetooth at the desk from a dongle plugged into my wired keyboard, right next to the mouse, so reception is perfect. You could easily plug the dongle into any nearby USB port, on a display for instance.

    Take a look here:

    http://oliverwolfson.com/apple-mac-pro-bluetooth-issue-solved/#comment-27087

    The Bluetooth 4.0 dongle I purchased, which is working great, is:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZT2AXE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Cost: $11.00 with minimal hassle. Disconnecting the internal is a cinch.
     
  3. zephonic thread starter macrumors 65816

    zephonic

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Location:
    greater L.A. area
    #3
    That is the kind of reply I was hoping for! [​IMG]

    Thanks mucho :)
     
  4. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    #5
    My pleasure. And do have a look into the 4,1>5,1 hack + X5680 or W3680 CPU. Easy to do, and you can almost double the HP of your machine for about $100. Have a good one!
     

Share This Page