Bluetooth antenna stupidly inside metal case blocking reception?
I get a lot of interference with my Bluetooth earpiece headset when trying to Skype on my "Mid-2009" 17" MacBook Pro (5,2) under Mac OS X 10.6.8.
My audio reception is fine, but people on the other end always report drop-outs, inaudible, etc. from my audio on their end. I'm very close to the Mac, it's in my lap, so only less than two feet from my earpiece. But, I don't have the problem when connecting my Bluetooth headset to my cellphone.
I looked at iFixit's tear-down guide for my Mac and see that its Bluetooth antenna seems completely surrounded by the metal case, reducing reception. (Unlike its Wi-Fi antenna, which at least some of its signal can get out relatively unencumbered through the plastic in the display screen.)
What was Apple *thinking*?!! The Bluetooth antenna looks to be within a Faraday cage!
My question to you is, do you agree with my diagnosis, and have you ever heard of jury-rigging an external Bluetooth antenna?
Failing that, I suppose I could look into a external USB Bluetooth adapter, but I just want to know for sure that Apple really did make a stupid design error—after all, remember the "you're holding it wrong" iPhone antenna fiasco.
Resetting my NVRAM (PRAM) and SMC don't help.
I finally got around to removing the bottom of my MacBook Pro again and inspecting the Bluetooth corner. I can't see anything wrong immediately apparent, and it looks like the antenna cable is firmly connected.
I'm scared to remove the little Bluetooth board, but I guess you're gonna want me to re-seat the antenna cable connection, aren't you?... I don't see a way to get into the long black plastic clutch cover to see if opening & closing the lid has frayed the antenna.
Does one have to disconnect the antenna cable from the board and pull the antenna out of the clutch cover to see?... But, would I really have to in light of the following new detail?:
When I playback myself talking from the earpiece headset with a little voice recording app., while I hear my problematic voice fade in-and-out & garbled, the background noise hiss is steady, which makes me think that there's no transmit signal interruption attributable to any loose connection or frayed antenna. What do you think?
Is this a good question?