Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My current workspace setup is a black MacBook that is plugged into a 21" monitor, with a Wireless Apple Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, both connected with Bluetooth. The issue is, I cannot take the two input components more than 12 to 18 inches away without either adding a delay or losing the signal entirely.

Is this normal? Is there anything I can do about it?

share|improve this question
My range is like 4 feet, unbelievable because with he same bluetooth speaker my phone can be 20 feet away 2012 macbookpro – tik27 Feb 12 at 18:38

No, this isn't normal. Considering the age of the machine, I'd guess that it's a failing Bluetooth card. It could also be some sort of interference.

share|improve this answer

If it is really a case of poor Bluetooth range and not any interference. It might be that the Bluetooth antenna is loose / disconnecting from the Bluetooth card causing poor reception. Might not be a bad idea to double check the cable and make sure its connected and not corroded, etc. Before replacing the Bluetooth card.

If you are a DIY'er here is some more information on disassembling your MacBook see iFixit's guides for MacBooks. Other wise take it to a Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider for help.

Bluetooth Antenna MacBook pictured

share|improve this answer

Try the following: * Use with open screen * Use 5gHz network instead of 2.4gHz (or better use ethernet).

This should help. If not - try the Bluetooth Diagnostics

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.