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Hardware Thread, Long Range (9m) wireless keyboard/mouse in Technical; The battery on a Gyration Ultra mouse has failed and they are no longer available. I'm just trying to prize ...
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    Long Range (9m) wireless keyboard/mouse

    The battery on a Gyration Ultra mouse has failed and they are no longer available. I'm just trying to prize it apart to see if I can replace them but failing that we will need to replace it. Is Gyration the way to go or can anyone suggest an alternative? It needs to be radio or possibly bluetooth although interfernce worries me a bit.

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    I've got a bluetooth MS mouse that works really well over some pretty impressive distances but I can't give you a definitive recommendation.

    From experience though MS hardware is definitely worth a look.

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    I hadn't thought of that, the Gyration keyboard is fine apart from the ALT key missing, so I could just get a bluetooth mouse.

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    Why such a distance?

    If it was me I'd just make a long USB cable. I made a 20 metre USB extension cable using CAT5 once. Not sure if it ought to work but it did

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    we have a keysonic RF wireless combo and I think they might be able to cover the distance...

    its effectivly a laptops keyboard/mousepad without the screen... batteries take the micky though... but we've replaced them with rechargables and now thats fine too.

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    It's in the hall and would involve the cable going across the stage. Depending on what's going on, the operator could be either sode of the room. I've managed to get to the internal batteries and I think I'll replace them. Got to be the cheapest solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Why such a distance?

    If it was me I'd just make a long USB cable. I made a 20 metre USB extension cable using CAT5 once. Not sure if it ought to work but it did
    USB will only work with a max of 5M

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    USB will only work with a max of 5M
    That might be the recommendation but in reality it works over much more than 5m.
    I've had about 30m in a hall, probably about the same (maybe a little longer) at home - all worked no problems. The only thing that might be worth adding is that although my case was for a keyboard, it was for odd key presses, not for typing. It might lag a little of a distance like that, but not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb2k01 View Post
    That might be the recommendation but in reality it works over much more than 5m.
    I've had about 30m in a hall, probably about the same (maybe a little longer) at home - all worked no problems. The only thing that might be worth adding is that although my case was for a keyboard, it was for odd key presses, not for typing. It might lag a little of a distance like that, but not sure.
    I couldnt get a mouse to work with a 5m and a 1m extension cable, might be because there are 2 cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I couldnt get a mouse to work with a 5m and a 1m extension cable, might be because there are 2 cables.
    But I think they are talking about extending using Cat5e - which is possible for distances over 100m for low powered devices such as mice.

    OP: I've used Gyration and have never experienced a down fall with the equipment. I think it's fantastic stuff and I would stick with them.

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    off topic... but.. you can use USB over CAT5 kits up to 5m

    CDL Micro - USB over Cat5e Extender - Product Details

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    Its not the cabling its how much power it will draw form the USB port

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    I have an apple wireless keyboard ( by wireless I mean bluetooth )- works to about 10 meters maybe a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylewilliamson View Post
    off topic... but.. you can use USB over CAT5 kits up to 5m

    CDL Micro - USB over Cat5e Extender - Product Details
    I think you'll find that says 50m

    Extends the transmission distance of USB device to 50m via Cat5e cable

    I have one in the office, up to 50m. But then it goes on to say that low powered devices such as mice can be powered over more than 100m.

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    We've got one of these in our hall KeySonic 2.4Ghz Wireless HTPC Compact Keyboard with Integrated TouchPad - USB - Ebuyer

    Works pretty well from 8 - 10 m away, and is pretty cheap! Only problem with it is it really does interfere with wireless networks.

    Steve

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