How to boost the signal on a wireless keyboard & mouse

Written by cameron easey
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A wireless keyboard and mouse that are used on a computer system should have a range of about 5 feet but typically only work no more than 2 feet away. If you want to use your wireless keyboard or mouse from farther away, a different model may be needed. However, if you do not want to purchase new equipment, a simple modification can be made to boost or increase the wireless signal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB extender cable
  • FM antenna wire
  • Masking tape

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    Relocate the Receiver

  1. 1

    Connect the male end of a USB extender cable into a USB port on the computer.

  2. 2

    Plug the receiver for the wireless keyboard or mouse into the female end of the USB extender cable.

  3. 3

    Move the receiver unit to a different location away from the computer and monitor. Make sure there are no obstacles in the way of the receiver.

  4. 4

    Test the keyboard or mouse and see if moving the receiver provides an increased signal or any better reception.

    Extending the Antenna Range

  1. 1

    Secure an FM wire to the receiver for the wireless mouse or keyboard using a small piece of masking tape.

  2. 2

    Run the excess wire up along a wall and secure it with a small piece of masking tape.

  3. 3

    Test the reception of the keyboard or mouse to see if there is any improvement in the reception or signal.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the receiver in a location so that there is a direct line of sight between it and the wireless keyboard or mouse.
  • Any interference from an electrical device can prevent a wireless keyboard or mouse from working at longer distances.
  • An antenna extension will only work on a wireless keyboard or mouse that uses a radio signal.

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