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Wireless keyboard in different room than PC

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Last response: in Computer Peripherals
May 26, 2011 4:18:27 AM

I'm planning to buy a wireless mouse/keyboard combo. I have an HDTV in the main room and my PC in another room. Because of the hassle of moving the PC+UPS+keyboard/mouse to and from between the rooms i rarely connect my PC to my HDTV. So I'm planning to run a 10m HDMI cable to my PC and use wireless mouse/KB. Do wireless KB and mouse work across rooms with many walls in-between?? Also does the HDMI signal quality degrade over 10m long cables??? thanks

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May 26, 2011 12:03:11 PM

thats about 32 feet. i think you can run hdmi for up to 50 feet (15-16m) before you need to get a signal booster.

as for wireless signals, many wireless keyboards and mice are meant to work at relatively short distances like 2-5 feet. you can sometimes push such devices to work at 10 feet (.6-1.5m, 3m). some high quality keyboards such as the old logitech one i had which came in the mx1000 set have even further maximum ranges. i managed to push out about 40 feet from that through walls (12.5m) but with intermittant signal (it worked sometimes, didnt work others). i never tried testing a mouses maximum range.

you could "try" using extender cables from your pc to your tv area and plug your kb+m receiver in to those extender cables (and move it back and forth) but i'm not sure if it will work or not as the distance is pretty large.

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since you don't want to move anything back and forth what you could try is this...

have a KVM switch connected to your computer.

have a wireless mouse/keyboard receiver connected to this as "A"

have two cables going to your tv area connected to this as "B"

connect those extension cables to a second wireless mouse/keyboard receiver. note: they do make KVM Signal boosters if you need them.

to switch between the two all you'd have to do is flip the switch on the KVM switch from A to B or B to A. note: since its a pretty long distance there might be some delay between when you move the mouse/type on the keyboard and when it appears on screen but i cannot say for sure as i've never tested in your exact situation.
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May 27, 2011 4:57:22 AM

thanks for the reply. i'm looking to buy Logitech Wireless Combo MK520. any idea about the range?
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May 31, 2011 12:51:02 PM

looks like its under USD$40 so i'd say on the lower end of the spectrum.

if you extend a cable to your tv room and have the receiver for the keyboard/mouse located around where the tv is... and if you sit on the couch... there shouldnt be any problems.

then again, i haven't used that particular board and your situation/setup is not typical. i can't really say 100% for sure that everything will work out fine.
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