Fixing the Razer Orochi Bluetooth connectivity problem on MacOS Sierra
I recently bought a Razer Orochi 8200 (aka 2015/2016 version depending who you talk to) to use for my MacBook on the go. I’ve always been a fan of the Razer Orochi and Razer hardware in general. However, when I started having troubles with my then Razer Orochi 2013 and its Synapse 2.0 drivers not playing nicely with MacOS El Capitan, I had to look for a replacement and steered away from Razer for a while. Since then, I’ve never really found a good alternative to the Razer Orochi. It is probably the best option if you are looking for a good Bluetooth notebook mouse. Therefore, here I am again with the Razer Orochi 8200 which is supposed to now play nicely again with MacOS’s Bluetooth stack when I first used the Orochi on my Mac. But as the title of this post has suggested, I immediately was faced with the Razer Orochi Bluetooth connectivity problem on MacOS Sierra.
Trying to figure out the Razer Orochi Bluetooth connectivity problem
The Razer Orochi 8200 paired successfully with the MacOS without any problems. So it isn’t a case of MacOS not able to support the Bluetooth 4.0 LE standards, which it obviously does. Case in point, see the screenshots below.
And when I Alt-Click on the Bluetooth icon at the menu bar, the same thing shows. It is on the list of Bluetooth devices but I’m not able to force it to connect to the Mac. It seems that the Razer Orochi 8200 does not advertise itself as a Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device) which most mouse typically would. So, I’m not sure if this might be the reason why it’s not connecting.
Is Synapse 2.0 the problem?
Thankfully no. Not this time. The Razer Orochi 8200 works perfectly in the wired mode and Synapse 2.0 (version 1.68.20 as of this writeup) didn’t crash MacOS this time. Also, I also have another friend that has the same setup as mine, MacOS Sierra and the same version of Razer Orochi working fine. So it should work.
Perhaps the Bluetooth Explorer utility can help?
I was actually more curious as to what was really happening with the mouse. Was the Bluetooth chip even working post pairing? What was the MacOS actually seeing from the Bluetooth perspective. To answer those questions, I instantly fired up the Bluetooth Explorer. The Bluetooth Explorer is a hardware testing utility that comes with the installation of XCode. So if you don’t already have it on your MacOS, you can either search for it in the Apple’s Developer site or just download it here from my dropbox.
Since the Razer Orochi 8200 runs on Bluetooth 4.0 LE, I used the “Low Energy Devices” tool to see what I can find out on the missing mouse.
The Low Energy Devices tool allowed me to scan for nearby Bluetooth 4.0 LE devices and lo and behold, the Razer Orochi was found! And look, there is a “Connect” button on the tool too!
I’m pretty sure by now, you’d guess what happened next. Yes. Your’s truly has managed to fix his Razer Orochi Bluetooth connectivity problem on MacOS Sierra and is now writing this post with the Razer Orochi 8200 too.
So now that everything works, I can safely recommend the Razer Orochi 8200 as a great option for a Bluetooth mouse for your notebook, including MacBooks.