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levander
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Registered: ‎08-22-2006

Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

I'm having a tough time finding the ranges for the various keyboard/mouse combination products logitech offered. I actually just called customer service, and while the girl had some problem finding the answer, she did tell me that the Logitech EX110 has a range of six feet.

I'm looking for a wireless keyboard / mouse I can use with the home theatre PC I'm building. It's going to be running MythTV on top of Linux, and since Logitech offers no support for Linux, I'm thinking those "multimedia" buttons that launch applications for you are not going to work. So, I'm interested in a wireless keybouard/mouse with enough range to reach the PC from my couch, that has as few of those multimedia buttons as possible.

Reall, what would be idea for me to know is an easy way to use the web site to determine the wireless ranges of the keyboards/mice that Logitech makes.
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vinc
Posts: 1,008
Registered: ‎06-20-2006

Re: Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

Hi levander,

 

Welcome to the Logitech Online User Discussion Forum

 

First I would like to thank you for the interest in Logitech keyboard/mouse for desktop purpose. From your post, I see that you have a question on a possible wireless keyboard/muse that can be used at a certain distance without any issue.

 

The normal 27Mhz frequency devices are able to go up to 6ft of range. The fast RF is capable of up to 12 – 16ft depending on the surroundings. And for Bluetooth it can go up as high as 33ftand this also depends on the surroundings. The fast RF or 2.4Ghz is something that you could look at for the convenience that you are looking for.

 

 http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/productlist/US/EN,crid=2156

 

Please do let me know if you have any further enquiries.

 
 
 
 
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AH
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Registered: ‎12-28-2006

Re: Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

You can actually get longer range if you can get line of sight to the receiver. What vinc is quoting is about the range you can get when running it through a single, thin object.

I just tested my regular RF wireless mouse and it moves fine at about 8 feet (which is the end of the 10' x 10' room). I have been able to use media controls at about 15 feet through 2 walls. However, I do not know how laggy typing would be at this range as I could not see my monitor. I know that typing will work at ~90 wpm from 8 feet away as well. If you try and run your signal through a hard-wood desk, you will probably notice some lag even on slow typing. So, just try to get a direct LOS or you'll have to pay more for Fast RF if you cant stand to see the sight of the receiver cord :smileywink:

Um, if your receiver is next to other electronic devices (Monitor, speaker, etc.), they can have a significant impact on range. My CRT monitor killed the range to about 2 feet! I just moved the receiver away from it ~1.5 feet and it works fine.

I have heard that Bluetooth has been able to work up to 60 feet (again, most likely with LOS)

But for your media center room, I have heard some people complain about the regular RF stuff when they are using their TV as a monitor and want to type an e-mail at 80 wpm. But I believe getting a direct LOS will give you plenty of range for simple "play, stop, rewind" , and you won't need to pay more for Fast RF or Bluetooth. But if you intend on long-range typing, then go for a Fast RF setup.
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vinc
Posts: 1,008
Registered: ‎06-20-2006

Re: Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

Hi AH,
 

Thank you for the additional information. It is indeed has more information pertaining to frequency range.

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levander
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎08-22-2006

Re: Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

Yeah, I plan on doing some long range typing. I can see which keyboard/mouse combos are bluetooth on the web site, because there is a link to list just the bluetooth ones. But, on that page you linked to vinc, which are the RF and which the Fast RF ones. I don't think it's mentioned either on that page you link to, or on any of the product pages you can click to from that page.

AH, thanks. Sounds like I belong with a fast RF.
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vinc
Posts: 1,008
Registered: ‎06-20-2006

Re: Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

Hi levander,

 

Thank you for the reply. The page that I had provided lists the current desktops that we have regardless of bluetooth and non-bluetooth. There are no specific indication for RF and fast RF desktops, except if it is indicated on the product specifications.

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jcoffey13
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: Ranges for wireless keyboard / mouse

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Vinc- I have the exact same need as Levander. Instead of pointing us to a long list of products, in which the wireless technology used is not evident;

1. Can you provide me with one or several mouse/keyboard combinations operate with the Fast RF technology?

2. Do they use a single receiver? (one USB connection)

Thanks for your help.

Message Edited by jcoffey13 on 01-08-200708:22 AM