In an age of USB devices, we all want the zippiest of hardware we can buy and use for the buck we spend.
USB 3.0 is a monumental jump to the data transfer speeds of USB 2.0. You just bought a top of line PC hardware for the avid gamer you are and now need a top of line wireless gaming headset with a zippy USB drive to backup data and store your gaming sessions!
You buy a USB bluetooth adapter and a USB 3.0 external storage. With most USB port access available on the front face of PC hardware nowadays, you plug them into the USB ports and set them up on your PC. You start using your headset and, much to your disappointment, you immediately find out that the data transfer rates for your USB 3.0 hardware are not high as advertised on the product box.
So, what happened??
Don’t worry, you are not alone!
Houston, we have a problem! and yes, it’s pretty technical.
USB 3.0 and USB bluetooth have a cross interference in the 2.4 Ghz band when they work side by side with each other.
So, what’s the solution.
Ensure that your bluetooth adapter and your USB 3.0 external drive are connected to your PC or laptop at least a feet apart. How do you accomplish this?
- If you are using a PC, connect one USB device to the front port of your PC and one to the back port of your PC.
- If you are using a laptop, connect the USB device through USB ports on either side of the laptop.
Keeping the two USB devices plugged into USB ports, next to each other, use a ferrite core for the USB 3.0 external drive.
A ferrite core, as shown below, wraps around any USB cable to reduce electronic interference from another close by electronic device.
How can this be accomplished?
Using a USB 3.0 extension cable, attach the ferrite core around the end of the USB 3.0 extension cable that plugs into the USB port of your PC/Laptop. Plug in your USB 3.0 external drive to the other end of the USB 3.0 extension cable. The shortest available USB 3.0 extension cable to you is adequate.
Adopting any of the above two solutions will solve any interference issues and allow the two USB devices to operate optimally.