Question about USB 3.0 external drives & Bluetooth interference

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by alisalem, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. alisalem macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I'm planning to get the Mac Mini but will not use Wi-Fi, only bluetooth to connect to the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Magic Trackpad.

    I kept reading a lot about interference issues, so I was wondering if anyone is using a USB 3.0 external drive with their minis and whether they are having issues with Bluetooth. Would you recommend a certain brand of external HDDs?

    I've already ordered an SSD, so having a fast external drive is a must for storage. Not sure if FireWire 800 provides similar speeds. Any recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Ali
     
  2. elolaugesen macrumors regular

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  3. alisalem thread starter macrumors member

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    I heard about that shield but is it needed even if the trackpad and keyboard are only 2 feet away from the mini at the most?

    I live in Dubai, UAE and ordering from OWC takes 2 weeks and will cost more than the shield itself.
     
  4. elolaugesen macrumors regular

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    it appears only to cause problems when you run USB3 devices..?

    I have not seen been told and I run USB2 on the same port without issues. I will wait for the fix myself when I get an USB3 disc.
    or find out what to use for the shield and do it using their video instructions. Any computer/electronics person should be able to provide the shield. look at the video.
    cheers elo
     
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I've not had any issues with bluetooth interference on my Apple Wireless Keyboard or Wireless Touch pad at a distance of a half meter between the Mini and my keyboard/touchpad. I am running multiple USB3.0 devices. I think the issue is more for those who want to use their Mini as an HTPC and so they sit considerably farther away.
     
  6. alisalem thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. Which brand of USB 3.0 drives are you running?
     
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I'm actually using USB3.0 to eSATA adapters to control my eSATA multi-disk enclosures. They are just little "dongles" plugged right into the back of the Mini.
     
  8. opinio macrumors 65816

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    I think your right. That is my problem. My magic mouse and apple BT keyboard are often 5-10ft away because I use a 50" Bravia. I am having some problems with that distance, but 2ft is ok. I am thinking of trying the shield but would prefer to get some more comments suggesting it has worked (which do not seem to be posted so the shield may be a dud?).
     
  9. APlotdevice, Apr 12, 2013
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    Distancing your USB 3.0 drive from the computer (as well as the line-of-sight) and using a well insulating cable can help reduce the interference.
     
  10. alisalem thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll keep my fingers crossed and buy a Seagate USB 3.0 drive today with the mini. Cheers everyone!
     

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