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better bluetooth range for my PC

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What can I do to improve a bit the range of bluetooth on my PC (except up-to-date drivers)?
I have some Plantronics backbeat sense and I like to have a few meters more of range on my XPS8940 tower PC?
Does that kind of thing will work:
https://www.primecables.ca/fr/p-396737- ... #sku427594
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Yes that would increase your range of if your computer/bt module is using say class 3 or maybe 2, but how far are you from your computer? Are you going to a enviorment where signals would see heavy losses ?
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I used a usb 3.0 extension cord and placed the BT usb dongle in a central area, as my PC tower is located near a wall.

What BT dongle are you using?
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Cnsr0033 wrote: Yes that would increase your range of if your computer/bt module is using say class 3 or maybe 2, but how far are you from your computer? Are you going to a enviorment where signals would see heavy losses ?
Yes the environnement is a problem. My PC is on a room at one corner of the house. So when I'm at the other end of the house, the signal is come and go. The deception is this PC replaced a XPS8910 that had a tad better BT range (1 maybe 2 meters). Honestly, if I get 2M more with this device, I'll be happy. Even better if I get more.
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As coriolis wrote, just get an USB extension cord, then move your BT adapter to the centre of your house. You should still get good signal in the PC's corner and the rest of the house.
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Well, one problem I discovered is that very few dongles are win11 compatible. I'm gonna wait a few months...
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coriolis wrote: I used a usb 3.0 extension cord and placed the BT usb dongle in a central area, as my PC tower is located near a wall.

What BT dongle are you using?
I recall a while back learning that USB 3.0 extension cables cause interference with the bluetooth signals. You need to use USB 2.0 extension cables. If I remember correctly, it's because the USB 3.0 extension cables give off some sort of wireless signal that interferes with the bluetooth wireless signal.

I was having a problem with my mouse getting disconnected from my bluetooth dongle every minute or so even though my mouse was about 2 feet from my bluetooth dongle. It took me a long time to find out what the problem was.
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If you have a PCI-E based BT/Wifi card, which has both on one card, such as the Apple ones, then it can be done with ease. They will use one of the antenna pins to do BT, and I used an external antenna with mine to increase the range.

Works amazingly and my DS4 Controller can then work from all over the house

Pretty sure the Apple cards will work in Win11 too, ootb

I have one of these antennas - https://www.amazon.ca/Bingfu-Magnetic-R ... B07PFLXV2L
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kramer1 wrote: If you have a PCI-E based BT/Wifi card, which has both on one card, such as the Apple ones, then it can be done with ease. They will use one of the antenna pins to do BT, and I used an external antenna with mine to increase the range.

Works amazingly and my DS4 Controller can then work from all over the house

Pretty sure the Apple cards will work in Win11 too, ootb

I have one of these antennas - https://www.amazon.ca/Bingfu-Magnetic-R ... B07PFLXV2L
Unless I'm missing something aren't those antennas only for wifi?

The OP is asking about bluetooth.

I've seen the 2-in-1 PCI-E cards for Windows. I think they have the Intel wifi cards with bluetooth in them. I remember seeing a few at Canada Computers.
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ds2chan wrote: Unless I'm missing something aren't those antennas only for wifi?

The OP is asking about bluetooth.

I've seen the 2-in-1 PCI-E cards for Windows. I think they have the Intel wifi cards with bluetooth in them. I remember seeing a few at Canada Computers.
Think you missed this part - "Works amazingly and my DS4 Controller can then work from all over the house"

They maybe marked for Wifi, but antennas are nothing special and can be cross used. Anything metal is an antenna and absorbs nearly all RF frequencies

Furthermore, both work on 2.4 Ghz and iirc from my engineering classes, an antenna can be specialized for certain frequencies. As such all Wifi antennas should work just as well for Bluetooth too
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kramer1 wrote: Think you missed this part - "Works amazingly and my DS4 Controller can then work from all over the house"

They maybe marked for Wifi, but antennas are nothing special and can be cross used. Anything metal is an antenna and absorbs nearly all RF frequencies

Furthermore, both work on 2.4 Ghz and iirc from my engineering classes, an antenna can be specialized for certain frequencies. As such all Wifi antennas should work just as well for Bluetooth too
I saw that but I was confused about that. Do you know if all wifi PCI-E cards use their antennas to boost the bluetooth signal? I've never owned a PCI-E wifi card so I've never tried one out. If yes, then maybe these cards are a better buy than the USB bluetooth dongle that I own.
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kramer1 wrote: If you have a PCI-E based BT/Wifi card, which has both on one card, such as the Apple ones, then it can be done with ease. They will use one of the antenna pins to do BT, and I used an external antenna with mine to increase the range.

Works amazingly and my DS4 Controller can then work from all over the house

Pretty sure the Apple cards will work in Win11 too, ootb

I have one of these antennas - https://www.amazon.ca/Bingfu-Magnetic-R ... B07PFLXV2L
I will open my case but I don't think so. My bet is it's integrated into the motherboard.
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Well they cost around $20 for the Apple Broadcom Cards and another $10 for the adapter. If you have an empty PCI-E slot than it should work no problem


I had one lying around from a 2015 MBP so used that
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ds2chan wrote: I saw that but I was confused about that. Do you know if all wifi PCI-E cards use their antennas to boost the bluetooth signal? I've never owned a PCI-E wifi card so I've never tried one out. If yes, then maybe these cards are a better buy than the USB bluetooth dongle that I own.
Most wifi cards donot have BT. Have only seen these in Apple Broadcom cards. They use the same antenna slots. Out of the 3 on mine, one of them was for BT.

Internally they use a USB header to connect directly to the motherboard and get picked up by Windows as a normal USB Bt adapter
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SPARTACVS wrote: Hi,
What can I do to improve a bit the range of bluetooth on my PC (except up-to-date drivers)?
I have some Plantronics backbeat sense and I like to have a few meters more of range on my XPS8940 tower PC?
Does that kind of thing will work:
https://www.primecables.ca/fr/p-396737- ... #sku427594
thanks
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ds2chan wrote: I recall a while back learning that USB 3.0 extension cables cause interference with the bluetooth signals. You need to use USB 2.0 extension cables. If I remember correctly, it's because the USB 3.0 extension cables give off some sort of wireless signal that interferes with the bluetooth wireless signal.

I was having a problem with my mouse getting disconnected from my bluetooth dongle every minute or so even though my mouse was about 2 feet from my bluetooth dongle. It took me a long time to find out what the problem was.
Ok, time to revive this. Fianlly there is some win11 BT adapters,

If I put a Asus BT500 at the end of a USB 2.0 cable, will this improve my BT range?

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SPARTACVS wrote: Ok, time to revive this. Fianlly there is some win11 BT adapters,

If I put a Asus BT500 at the end of a USB 2.0 cable, will this improve my BT range?

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It's not about cables, it's about ports. USB3 operates on frequencies that interfere in the 2.4 GHz band, so it's not only Bluetooth but also wifi. You can use any cable but plug it into a USB2 port, not USB3.
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SPARTACVS wrote: Ok, time to revive this. Fianlly there is some win11 BT adapters,

If I put a Asus BT500 at the end of a USB 2.0 cable, will this improve my BT range?

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I thought it was about the cable but I guess it's about the port as alpovs said. To be honest, it doesn't hurt to try a USB 2.0 extension cable plugged into a USB 3.0 port. It's all about trial and error. I don't remember what the results were for me when I tried it but I'm guessing it didn't work since I'm not using that solution (with the USB 2.0 extension).

Let us know how it goes. Good luck.
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alpovs wrote: It's not about cables, it's about ports. USB3 operates on frequencies that interfere in the 2.4 GHz band, so it's not only Bluetooth but also wifi. You can use any cable but plug it into a USB2 port, not USB3.
Hmm, not sure I have some USB2 ports in this ciomputer that is only a few months old. I'll check.
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