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May 30, 2010 1:44:24 AM

I am building a media PC for my 42" LCD TV in my bedroom. I also want to have a wireless keyboard and mouse. The range will be about 20 feet. Can someone recommend a good but not expensive keyboard & mouse? I have seen some that claim the range is up to 30 feet, but I am unsure how well these work. Prices seem to vary a lot. I don't want to spend more than I need to.

Thanks for your recommendations.

Jim
May 30, 2010 10:11:52 AM

hi Jim,

im looking for the same keyboard and mouse! although i need mine to pass through walls, as my PC is upstairs and i want to play games on the TV downstairs.

Ill share my finidings so far..

http://www.wireless-computing.com/products/bundles.php#
these US keyboards look expensive, but the RF receiver looks big (not the usual USB dongle) so i'm tempted to belive their claims on range.

I have also thought about the other end of the price spectrum. If you buy a 2.4Ghz mouse and keyboard you can modify the ariel on both the devices and on the cheep usb receiver by following these, or similar to these, posts.

http://hackedgadgets.com/2006/11/10/wireless-keyboard-r...

http://hackedgadgets.com/2007/01/04/improve-cheap-rf-mo...

However i have not tried these things, and wouldnt want to judge your technical ability in these areas, but for most i assume this is worth a try, may be fun, and will void warrantees.

please let me know how you get on or your progress so far!

cheers

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May 31, 2010 2:38:22 AM

I tried the suggestion on http://hackedgadgets.com and they did not work for me. Range was still about 6-8 feet. Still looking for a good suggestion. I'd be willing to pay up to $50 or so.

Thanks,
Jim
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May 31, 2010 12:48:02 PM

Hey Jim,

Although im going through walls, not line of sight, the solution I came upon was to use a 4 port usb extender hub by CAT5:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001R022ZI/ref=oss_p...

id put one hub by the computer and the other near to where I would sit in the living room. I can then use a cheep short range wireless keyboard and mouse when i get around to buying one, or stay wired.

I would also recommend looking into keyboards that claim to have a good range, 2.4ghz keyboards perhaps..

http://www.ceratech.co.uk/cpages/keyboards/rf/kyb-tough...

UK solution, but im sure there are some in the US.

As in my earlier post, a RF wireless keyboard with the range that you want is going to cots $200+!

unfortunatly the market is saturated in wireless desktop range (1 - 3 m) keyboard and mouse, and not htpc range (3m+) desktop style wireless keyboard and mouse.
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May 31, 2010 3:27:57 PM

Thanks laxmanstretch for the ideas. I have a USB to CAT5 extension cable so I could do that but for my situation it would not look good. The ACCURATUS TOUGHBALL looks similar to the ADESSO here in the states. I may give this a try. Still unsure what to do.

I appreciate your suggestions.
Jim

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June 7, 2010 12:13:25 AM

I purchased the Adesso keyboard and it works great. Problem solved.

Jim
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June 14, 2010 12:24:48 AM

Best answer selected by jereece.
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June 17, 2010 6:12:09 AM

I have not use wireless keyboard.but i have used wireless mouse. it's great.it produce by ourself
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