Bluetooth mouse will MURDER your WIFI speed!

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  1. mitchellvii

    mitchellvii Well-Known Member

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    Ever since I upgraded to 8.1, my wifi speed has been half what it should be. Could NOT figure out the problem. The connection I did not make was that I also started using a bluetooth mouse at the same time.

    So I tried turning off bluetooth and bingo, wifi back to full speed :)


    ** Thanks to Stoliguy for this tip.

    UPDATE**: We seem to be getting mixed results on this from various people. It could be that this is a problem specific to certain bluetooth devices. In my case I am using a Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse and it is clearly an issue as you can see from the following pictures:

    Mouse Off:
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    Mouse On:
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    Wow, unfortunately there are still problems in this area. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    I think this is a Windows 8.1 problem. Don't recall this being an issue in Windows 8.1 Preview.
     
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    Ugh.... I've just verified that this also happens with my bluetooth LG earphones. Looks like it might be a general bluetooth/WiFi issue.

    I ran the speedtest app (I know, not the greatest test) and without my earphone connected, I'd get 30down and 6up (which is what I should have). With my headset paired, I get 15-20down and 3-5up. Boooooo!!!!!
     
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    Wow...looks like MS will have to be coming out with a significant update sometime soon...very soon!
     
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    The weird part is that if I use a USB wifi adapter this is not a problem. Just the internal adapter.
     
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    Can you set your WiFi router to a different channel. That may help.
     
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    I just tried this out. Before I turned my Bluetooth mouse on, I ran speedtest.net a few times using the touchpad on the keyboard for my SP. Got 25-28 Mbps down and 12 - 14 Mbps up.
    Then I turned on the Bluetooth mouse and got the SAME results.
    Then I went into Settings and turned Bluetooth completely off and made one more test and got 30 Mbps down but only 6 Mbps up.
    Probably should have made more tests with Bluetooth completely off but it didn't appear to make a major difference.
    I'm pretty sure the decrease in upload speed was a one-off thing because such variation isn't too unusual.
    The most important number -- download -- was pretty consistent in all tests with Bluetooth enabled and disabled, Bluetooth mouse on and off.
    Didn't make much difference at all for my SP with 8.1.
     
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    Tried it, makes no difference.
     
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    It could be that bluetooth overall is not the problem, just certain bluetooth devices. In my case I am using a Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse and the difference is clear as you can see from the following screenshots:

    Sculpt Mouse Off:
    bluetoothoff.JPG

    Sculpt Mouse On:
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    I think you are right that it is only certain Bluetooth devices: using a Nokia 360 Bluetooth speaker with my SP halves the Wi-Fi speed, but there is no discernible impact with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Mouse; I didn't have the problem prior to the 8.1 update. It's not a major problem for me, but I guess pretty annoying if you have just invested in a new BT mouse. Otherwise, I have had no issues with the 8.1 update which has gone smoothly for a VM, a ThinkPad and a Lenovo desktop as well as my Surface Pro.
     
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    Very odd that only certain devices would be affected.
     

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