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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?

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  • My range is like 4 feet, unbelievable because with he same bluetooth speaker my phone can be 20 feet away 2012 macbookpro
    – tik27
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 18:38
  • How did u fix it? Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 12:44

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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.

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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

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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 Utility.app

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