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Anyone else have trouble with the range on your Logitech receivers?

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I'm using a Logitech diNovo and an MX Revolution at the moment and both seem to have a major problem when connecting the receivers to the USB ports on the top of my Silverstone FT02 case. The case is on top of my desk right next to me and so the receivers aren't 3 ft away from the keyboard and mouse but yet they're hardly even usable with the mouse stuttering all over the screen and a lag delay with the keyboard.

If I turn around though and plug the Logitech receivers into my Dell monitor right in front of me they seem to do much better and are usable. Is this a limitation of the range on the Logitech receivers or is something causing interference with the receivers plugged into the back of my motherboard? There's no WiFi or anything like that which should be interfering that I can think of.

And if this is a limitation of the receivers what are some wireless products you would recommend in their place that you know will work at a range of 3-5 ft plugged directly into the top of my FT02?
Edited by burningrave101 - 7/25/11 at 5:24pm
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I had the same problem but... i think it's because of the PSU magnetic field and other electric field wirless don't like .... i'm not sure though
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I've used USB docks (basically a short USB extension cable with a small stand to hold the free end. A.k.a. USB Extension Stand) with good success on my HTPC (using a Silverstone GD01 case, Logitech 2.4 GHz Wave Pro Keyboard and MX1100 mouse combo). I used one USB dock for the keyboard and mouse receiver, and a second USB dock for a Netgear dual-band Wi-Fi adapter. I didn't want these things sticking out of the front of the case, where they would be unsightly and damage prone, nor to put them on the back, where they wouldn't have had a clear signal path. The main idea is to get the receiver (or transceiver) away from the PC's metal case, to reduce the effects on the RF path (reflections and/or shielding). The USB docks are not that expensive, like $8-10 each or something. IIRC mine were from Cables-To-Go, but I know Ultra and probably some other companies make them too. One other thing to be aware of, and I initially made this mistake too, metal mousepads are not necessarily a good idea, as they can also attenuate the signal. I ended up switching to a Steelseries I-2 glass mousepad, since I was mousing from the couch across the room, around 10 feet away from the HTPC and TV. Using the glass mousepad improved things quite a bit for me. Hope this info helps.
    
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Oh, one other thing, the Logitech keyboards and mice will "go to sleep" after a few moments of inactivity, to conserve the batteries and extend the time between recharges. When they are moved/actuated again, they have to "wake up" and re-establish the RF link to the receiver, which can lead to a short, but noticeable, delay in response. Not much you can do about that, but at least with the mouse, you can keep it moving to keep it awake.
    
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