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Hardware Thread, Bluetooth Keyboards in Technical; We have some Bluetooth desktop sets around the school, two different types/models. One works fine, but has unfortunately been discontinued; ...
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    Bluetooth Keyboards

    We have some Bluetooth desktop sets around the school, two different types/models. One works fine, but has unfortunately been discontinued; the other is fine until you come to change the batteries on it after which it repeatedly loses connection with the PC so needs me to go and reconnect it. It does this on and off for a few weeks and then works without incident for months until the batteries die again.

    I guess my question is two-fold - firstly, can anyone recommend a model which doesn't do this, and secondly can anyone think of a way of allowing staff to (re)connect B/T devices without bottoming out security.

    I should add this is on an RM CC3 network, but please let's save the "clever" comments about how it wouldn't happen if I had vanilla XP or Unix.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Does it have to be bluetooth? We've found the Microsoft wireless keyboards and mice pretty good when used within the recommended range.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Yes, the keyboards get passed round the room, so we need more than the 9-foot range which RF offers.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    We use these ones to pass around the class round... no problems with them what so ever

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/104608

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    @Timbo343 - do you actually get the advertised 10 metre range with them or is the reality less than that?

    I don't know if this matters or not, but do you use these on CC3 or vanilla?

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    @Timbo343 - do you actually get the advertised 10 metre range with them or is the reality less than that?

    I don't know if this matters or not, but do you use these on CC3 or vanilla?
    I dunno, i can find out. most of our computers that the teachers use are down the side of a room in the middle. I suppose so, i mean, no body has complained as such and our head of IT reports anything if it aint right. He keeps getting me to order them so they should be fine. They are only £20 ish why not get one in see what it is like and if it aint any good, leave it in server room for a while till nobody knows about it and then use it your self.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Would you mind testing the range on it for me, if you happen to find yourself near one? Some of the rooms we want these in are quite long and thin, so 10m would be fine, but 6m wouldn't.

    Otherwise, I'll just take a punt on it like you say; if it doesn't work for the intended room, I know of few other rooms which could benefit from it so it won't be wasted (wouldn't work in my office sadly, as I use a KVM between my management and test PCs)

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    ill test one out for you... it will be towards the end of the day tho, they are in use for most of it.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343
    They are only £20 ish why not get one in see what it is like and if it aint any good, leave it in server room for a while till nobody knows about it and then use it your self.
    The fate of many items...

    LOL!

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343
    ill test one out for you... it will be towards the end of the day tho, they are in use for most of it.
    Thanks Tim, I appreciate that.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Nick,

    Just tested those keyboards... im impressed on the range. Just been out in the corridor outside the office, and it must be about 20 meters and still worked if. Therefore, I recommend this product.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    Thanks Tim, debt of favour noted :-)

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    we have the gyration suites on RM. You just install the drivers and then show the teacher how to connect them. Even the drivers stay on if you rebuild the machine! Yay.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    There aint any drivers needed for keyboard i recommended either.

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    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards

    As per Tim's product, make sure you get the 2.4GHz ones.... much better range! We use Logitech ones here.

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