Remove Bluetooth PAN Helps Resolve Wi-Fi Conflict in OS X Yosemite?
One of the most frustrating issues that has impacted some users of OS X Yosemite are persistent wireless networking difficulties. Apple has released multiple updates to OS X aimed at addressing the problem, but for some Mac users, they either offer no help, or even worse, may add new trouble for wi-fi connections. We have offered multiple solutions to troubleshooting wi-fi problems in OS X Yosemite which many users report are successful, but for those who are continuing to experience wireless difficulties in OS X 10.10.2, another possible solution is available; simply remove the Bluetooth PAN interface from the Mac.
Why this works in some situations is not entirely clear, perhaps it just directly removes the source of a Bluetooth / Wi-Fi conflict, but for those who have struggled with the OS X wi-fi problems that seem to be alleviated by disabling Bluetooth, this offers an alternate solution that does not involve removing Bluetooth capability (though you won’t be able to use Bluetooth PAN, more on that in a moment*). This is a simple (and easily reversed) procedure, so thus it may be worth a try.
- Go to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences
- Go to the Network control panel
- Select “Bluetooth PAN” from the list of network interfaces on the left side menu
- Hit the Delete key or the [-] minus button to remove the Bluetooth PAN interface
Apparently you don’t even need to reboot the Mac, but doing so certainly wouldn’t hurt anything. When this works, the effect is apparently instantaneous. I say apparent because I’m not adequately able to test this one, simply because my Mac with Yosemite has a generally stable connection to the internet.
Note that command line users can also enter the following string into the terminal to achieve the same effect:
sudo networksetup -removenetworkservice "Bluetooth PAN"
* Bluetooth PAN (Personal Area Network) is used for close-quarters connections between a Bluetooth compatible device, like an iPhone, Android, or iPad, and a computer, like a Mac or Windows PC. Thus, removing the Bluetooth PAN interface will remove that functionality from the Mac. This also means that removing Bluetooth PAN will lose the ability to use Instant Hotspot in OS X with an iPhone, which is basically just a quick way to activate internet sharing and the Personal Hotspot feature on an iPhone without doing so on the device itself, so only do this if you’re certain you don’t need to use Instant Hotspot (do note that USB internet sharing and tethering still works fine).
You can easily re-add the Bluetooth PAN interface to the Mac by clicking the [+] plus button in the corner of the Network preference panel.
This trick was left in our comments and some further details were provided by IHealthGeek, who has reported immediate success.
If you try this out, do leave us a comment with what your experience has been, and if it resolves the issues that you’ve been experiencing with OS X Yosemite wi-fi and/or Bluetooth difficulties.