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Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 31, 2022 02:53PM
Discussion here: [www.reddit.com]

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Basically it recommends using an instant pot hard boiled egg insert as a riser for the mini; poster said it solved his bluetooth issues.



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Re: Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 31, 2022 03:29PM
Wonder what the root of the issue is. Wife uses a BT mouse all day with hers, no name generic mouse. never a prob.





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Re: Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: hal
Date: January 31, 2022 03:48PM
I suspect that intermittent interference is the root cause of almost all BT problems
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Re: Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: January 31, 2022 04:11PM
imho, it's the fact so many more devices are now sharing the ISM radio band.
BT's low power, frequency hopping signals sometimes get hosed.



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Re: Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: carl
Date: January 31, 2022 05:56PM
I have not experienced this problem using a Bluetooth mouse on my M1 Mac Mini.
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Re: Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: January 31, 2022 07:05PM
Stand mini on its side... problem solved. No InstantPot required.



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Re: Interesting solution for Mac mini owners with bluetooth issues (Reddit)
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 31, 2022 11:43PM
EMI and/or RFI could certainly cause problems, as well as metal objects between the mini and an object of its emission.

But I think in mainly starts with a weak BT signal that is more subject to interference and sensitive to antenna location than would be a stronger signal.

I wonder about the example in the picture and how BT connectivity would fair if the mini were placed in similar juxtaposition but on the right side of the mini, in a more conservative position, without any kind of a stand.

Or a compromise, or moderate position, in the center of the table behind the keyboard.

I was having trouble with a Magic Trackpad where the cursor would frequently respond wildly, sometimes not moving at all, then moving in rapid jerky movements.

Sometimes changing the batteries helped for a bit (I didn't try AA alkalines) but when the battery percentage dropped to around 80-75%, frustration would ensue.

Typically, I sit in a chair about 6' away from the mini and monitor, with them positioned slightly to my left.

I found that turning the TrackPad so that it faces the them more squarely allows for trouble free operation down to 5% of the TrackPads battery.

One day I might change the mini's location slightly, and I expect connectivity would improve with less consideration given to my positioning of the TrackPad.






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