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    Wireless keyboards/mice: How many?

    How many wireless keyboards and mice can you use in close proximity before you start having issues with them using the same frequencies?
    They are becomming more popular here at work, and we have a lot of employees working very close together, would this pose an issue?

    We are using mostly Dell and Microsoft wireless devices, so info on either would be great.
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    I had two people sitting next to eachother using the same brand (can't remember, but nothing big like dell or microsoft) of wireless keyboards and mice. They were about 4 feet apart, and they had problems.

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    Bluetooth is the way to go

    Bluetooth is the way to go if you want to make sure there wont be too much of a problem.... most of them shouldn't have a big problem unless two people are working on top of each other.... unless thats what your going for?

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    Most of these wireless products have a small button to "reset" the connection. Do that for one set until it works (don't move/use the other set) and move onto the second. You may need to repeat.

    I've had some issues at home with a couple of logitech mice. But after that reset I managed to get them all working without problems..

    The reset actually moves the frequencies a little too..

    And to be honest.. wired ones for the office are simpler. Batteries don't run out too But do get optical mice, they last a lot longer.
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    But do get optical mice, they last a lot longer
    you mean people still use the ones with the ball? :-O

    man i couldn't stand it when the gunk would build up and lock the pointer in an up/down or left/right only direction...

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    Lol, Vista is already huge. Why not import a bunch of old 50kb drivers, eh? If I were them I'd deem it worth it simply to guard against a phone call from a pissed off old lady who can't use her mouse. Although Razer sortof has a corner on the gaming market now...if it were the same a decade ago I imagine you wouldn't find too many "old maids" with that sort of mouse.

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    Actually, Razer came into the market purely selling specialist gaming mice. They were very expensive but gave you 1000dpi and 2000dpi when your average mouse such as the Microsoft Intellimouse could only manage 400dpi.

    The "killer" factor was the management software that came with the Razer. It gave you virtually infinite adjustment to sensitivity so you could tune it to individual games and personal preferences.

    I guess Vista has some sort of generic drivers for mice and keyboards?

    To get back to the original question:

    The only time I have seen problems was where someone was using equipment designed for a lecture/conference room/home entertainment environment in a general office. This had a much broader broadcast angle than your average desktop versions. The range and angle should be somewhere in the technical specifications.

    I think that SirDice has the solution.
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    Thanks for the replies.
    This is for a conference room, where people will be side by side.
    I've been told by M$ techs that I will have issues with basic wireless keyboard/mice, but they recommended either blue tooth (mentioned above) or the 2.4 GHZ devices. Does anyone see why either of these 2 options would cause a problem, or do you agree with the tech who thinks it will work fine?

    Thanks again for all the replies!
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    the M$ techs are right... bluetooth is getting more and more popular anyways...
    It would be fun to write a .jar for your phone that could connect to the mouse's bluetooth and change settings such as sensitivity lol...

    so you could be in a conference and mess with someones mouse via phone =)

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