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Wireless Mouse and Keyboard

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Steve F M, May 16, 2005.

  1. Steve F M

    Steve F M Screenwriter

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    What do you guys suggest for a wirless combo? I need something that will work around 15-20ft away and not necessaryly in a direct line of site. I'm using the Logitech LX500 and it is not cutting it out this distance.

    Thanks
     
  2. Ralph_G

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    is bluetooth an option for you?
     
  3. Steve F M

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    I wish.
     
  4. Paul Padilla

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    Hey Steve,

    Frankly, I'm surprised a standard RF mouse is working at all at 15 to 20 feet. You're definitely going to have to go Bluetooth which has a range of 30 feet. Unless, that is, you're able to use an extention cable to get the transceiver closer to your work area.

    I have a PC included in my plasma setup. It's not a true HTPC, but I still needed the range from the bluetooth. I'm using the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth and it works great but it's a bit pricey. I can stand all the way back at my kitchen counter which is right at about 30 feet from where the receiver is and I get great response.

    I had a problem installing mine initially because there was no mouse or keyboard response after rebooting when I first installed the software so keep a standard mouse or KB handy. I had to shut down using the power switch (safe enough if power management is enabled) and connect a standard mouse to finish the Logitech software installation. Other than jumping through that particular hoop on the install it works great.

    I just noticed the "I Wish" response to the Bluetooth question before mine. Since you're looking for a combo anyway, why wouldn't you be able to use Bluetooth?
     
  5. Parker Clack

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    Steve:

    I am with Paul on this. Why can't you use Blue Tooth? The keyboard/mouse combo will have the Blue Tooth receiver in it and you just plug it into your USB port.

    Parker
     
  6. Tekara

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    Yeah, I'd go with the Logitech bluetooth setup, the reciever that logitech provides is really good. I get at least 30ft if not more (bedroom to living room, two walls in between), So I would highly reccomend it.
     
  7. Steve F M

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    Looks like this is my only solution. Was hoping to stay under $75 on a solution. Looks like that is not going to happen.
     
  8. Chris Bardon

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    Hey, just reviving an old thread here to get some updated information. I'm looking at setting up an HTPC that I need to operate from about 10-15 feet away. I'd rather not drop $200 on some of the logitech bluetooth devices though, but that appears to be the only real option here. Has anyone had success with a regular cordless KB/mouse from these kinds of distances?
     
  9. Parker Clack

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    Chris:

    I use an older Logitech Comfort Duo Desktop from about 12 feet away and it works great.

    I am in a direct line to my setup but I have never had any issues with it not working.

    Parker
     
  10. Paul Padilla

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    It looks like my link above is dead. The equivelant from Logitech now seems to be the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser which lists for $149. You should be able to find it for $120 or so online. Another option would be to get a regular RF set which uses USB and extend the cable to bring the receiver closer your work area.

    Logitech rates their range at 6 feet, so 12 feet is excellent for regular RF. That line of sight must be coupled with pretty low background RF interferance to be getting that kind of range.
     
  11. Chris Bardon

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    Ended up getting one of the logitech combos the other night after testing the store's keyboard from about 10 feet away with varying lines of sight. The receiver was in a cupboard under the desk, and it worked fine from that distance through the air, but not through the glass display case. I figured that as long as I put the receiver in something close to the line of sight of the couch, I should be fine.

    Found the bluetooth versions online though, and it'd end up being 2x the price of what I bought. Might upgrade later if the setup ends up getting heavy use, but after buying the new TV and 360, money is definitely an issue at this point [​IMG]
     
  12. Charles Mulford

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    I use the Logitech Media Play

    logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=3,CONTENTID=9340

    I can use it 15ft away, it has media function buttons and is highly customizable.
     

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