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Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Range Problems

Posted on 2009-06-30
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I have a  setup which requires a wireless keyboard and mouse. Basically its a small room, 10x10 with a desk in the middle. on the back wall of the office is a cabinet/wall unit, and a 36inch LCD monitor. The owner is adamant about not see wires, so I am trying to use a wireless keyboard and mouse but get poor results as the receiver is in the cabinet, there is no where to put the receiver without it being seen. Does anybody have any suggestions on improving the range of these devices or can recommend a device with a good range? I am currently using a microsoft wireless mouse and am trying to use a Rocketfish bluetooth keyboard.
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naykam earned 500 total points
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Are you experiencing poor perfomace on both mouse and keyboard.

Personally I would go out and buy a Microsoft Bluetooth media keyboard and mouse kit. I use them and have got over 25m away and it still works. It was also in a cabinet - (more like a AV room). Double thumbs up!

I would switch both to bluetooth. Because the "wireless" mouse "may" not be adequate for the job and it may be interfering with the bluetooth keyboard. Causing both to have poor performance.

The only other way you can extend what you are doing is to hack the devices and add an external antenna
http://hackedgadgets.com/2006/11/10/wireless-keyboard-range-boost-hack/
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I checked out the Wireless 7000 product from microsoft, works via bluetooth, just dont like the fact that it does not have a number pad. Do you think I would get the same range with any product as long as it was using bluetooth?
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Yes defiantly, bluetooth seems to be far superior over "wireless" ( uses some 1.x ghz frequency) mice and keyboards. Just buy a decent bluetooth dongle, not some cheapo of ebay. The ebay units often have alot of faults with driver compatibility.

Besides once its paired, there is almost no need to press the connect buttons on the units ever again.If you can stick the bluetooth receiver on the front of the pc or as close to where you would use it. Obviously it would improve the performance.
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