2017 Update Regarding USB Interference with 2.4GHz Wireless Devices

It has been known for a few years now that the USB 3.0 radio frequency interferes with 2.4GH wireless devices. If you have used a USB 3.0 hub with a wireless mouse or keyboard, you may have noticed some delayed responses and missing inputs. The same problem applies to the next generation standard USB 3.1 Type C. As of now, in 2017, there is no foolproof way to get rid of this problem. But, we do have a few suggestions that might mitigate the effects of this interference.

  • Keep your wireless mouse as close as possible to its USB dongle
  • Use USB 2.0 ports for dongles of wireless device
  • Use extension cables on USB 2.0 ports to move the dongle farther from USB3.0 ports
  • Configure your router to use the 5GHz channel if possible
  • Use shielded cables when plugging a device into USB 3.0 ports

For more information, check out the white paper that Intel released in 2012.