Bluetooth & USB 3A guide to resolving your Bluetooth woes

Improve your hardware to use components that emit less interference

So we know that USB 3 devices can produce interference. Some manufacturers are now keen to provide more robust devices that contain more interference reducing shielding. So if you have been considering upgrading some elements of your system or the options suggested so far have not helped then upgrading some of your components to better quality ones may help.

Remember, the USB 3 ports, the internal computer circuitry, USB 3 devices plugged into the ports and any cables that may run between the two elements can all cause the Bluetooth+USB3 problem.

Here you can see the difference between a very basic USB 3 cable (the upper cable) and a shielded one (the lower cable) which is much thicker and more ridged when bentHere you can see the difference between a very basic USB 3 cable (the upper cable) and a shielded one (the lower cable) which is much thicker and more ridged when bent.
The USB 3 cables
You want to be sure that your using quality shielded USB 3 compatible cables. These are noticeably thicker and maybe a little more ridged than some other cheap USB cables but contain insulation to stop them emitting so much interference to their surroundings. It is also possible that magnetic shielding applied to existing cables could reduce interference.



The adapter

If you've already determined that your USB Bluetooth adapter is fairly old an upgrade may be a good idea. It's easy to unplug and switch after all and USB Bluetooth adapters are incredibly cheap!



The USB 3 device

Shielding the device itself is often quite difficult. Whilst there are tips on various websites about covering specific external devices to stop them emitting so much interference we are not going to recommend this here as covering certain devices, especially ones that get very hot such as external hard drives could cause the device to overheat and malfunction in some way.

 

If the device in question is an external hard drive one option may be to replace the external case it uses with a better quality one that has better built in shielding.







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