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Best way to connect a keyboard and mouse between floors?

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#1 brian2009


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

I have a desktop located in a finished basement which I would like to attach to my big screen hdmi tv on the floor above it. The hole is already there from a cable tv installation years ago.

I understand the limits on usb lengths and how they can be sidetracked using hubs, but I was wondering about using the ps2 port the computer has. Is there a limit on ps2 lengths to keyboards?

I would need at least 25' to get it to where I need it upstairs.

I was also thinking it might be best accomplished by using a keyboard with some sort of built in pointing device.

I'm also assuming wireless wouldn't be able to get through the floor barrier. Any ideas?


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

I actually use a "logitech K260" wireless keyboard and mouse upstairs on my monitor while the Pc is in the basement . It works fine for me. I am in a ranch style home out in the country with very little interference.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:51 AM

That's interesting. Can you give me an idea of the straight line distance between your computer and where you use the KB from? I think there are ways to arrange the sending antenna to maximize its signal too.

In my case it would still be around 25' straight line.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

Just a brief search finds USB cables with male connectors 20' in length.
USB cables with male and female connectors from 1' to 6' in length.
One setup you could use is extending the USB cable with male connectors to the TV room and then
using a 1' male/ female USB cable or a hub to connect the Wireless receiver with to use the combo suggested by damando.

The mouse and keyboard combo mentioned by damando is available from Amazon for $28 and comments there
mention using up to 25'. But the only real way to test if you need to extend your USB connection to the TV room is by
actually using the combo.
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