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Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by t.d.stranger on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:28 pm

I have two problems with this keyboard. One I know is special to me. The "6" and "7" keys are reversed. Took me a bit to figure that one out. Couldn't understand why my password was not working. The second issue is that the range seems to be extremely variable and inconsistent. Sometimes it can be used from 3-4ft way and others the keyboard has to be about a foot way from the dongle. If this keyboard was supposed to be used with an entertainment system or lectures and presentations like the box says I would think the range would be longer and more consistent. Doesn't matter whether there is a wifi dongle next to it or not. Sometimes this happens in the middle of typing!

Anyone else with this issue or have suggestions?
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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by adafruit_support_bill on Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:19 am

Many things can affect the wireless range - including other wireless devices in the vicinity. But reversed keys is a problem we've never seen before. If you contact support@adafruit.com with a link to this thread we can get you a replacement.
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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by adafruit on Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:39 am

t.d.stranger wrote:I have two problems with this keyboard. One I know is special to me. The "6" and "7" keys are reversed. Took me a bit to figure that one out. Couldn't understand why my password was not working. The second issue is that the range seems to be extremely variable and inconsistent. Sometimes it can be used from 3-4ft way and others the keyboard has to be about a foot way from the dongle. If this keyboard was supposed to be used with an entertainment system or lectures and presentations like the box says I would think the range would be longer and more consistent. Doesn't matter whether there is a wifi dongle next to it or not. Sometimes this happens in the middle of typing!

Anyone else with this issue or have suggestions?


do you have the right keyboard layout set up? or have the FUNCTION key on?
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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by jggall01 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:28 pm

I have one of these mini wireless keyboards (as of today). It works only within around 2 ft of the dongle. Past that and the communication between the Pi and the keyboard is lost. Working distance does not vary when plugged into power vs running from battery.

Suggestions to remedy this would be appreciated. It is pretty unusable in this condition. Thanks.

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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:49 am

Are there any other wireless devices in the vicinity? Mice, phones, etc? My wireless mouse gets real sluggish if I am talking on the phone.
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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by jggall01 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:28 pm

There is a wireless router in the vicinity. Netgear 802.11g I think.

There is a wireless phone handset in the next room, but nothing in the vicinity of the Pi. And the problem is present with this phone switched off.

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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:27 am

Just to be sure, move or switch off the router & see if it makes a difference. I don't think that is it, but there is no point in replacing the keyboard if it's not going to fix the problem.
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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by jggall01 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:59 pm

Switching off the wireless router allowed the keyboard range to extend up to about 6 feet. Beyond that, communication was broken or intermittent.

Is 6 feet about the max range for this device? My desire was to use the keyboard to remotely operate RaspBMC, but I would need a 15 ft range at minimum.

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Re: Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad - ID: 922

by adafruit_support_bill on Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:18 pm

15 feet should be achievable. One more thing to check: Make sure the batteries are fully charged.
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