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January 4, 2007

Improve Cheap RF Mouse Range

at 10:14 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Check out this article to improve the range of a bargain bin wireless mouse.

“While shopping at Microcenter, I found a “bargain” wireless mouse and keyboard combination on sale for $12.99. I wanted to add something like this to my media center and the price was really low so I decided to give it a try. The first attempt at using this proved that you really do get what you pay for. Both the mouse and keyboard work fine if they are only a foot or two from the receiver, however, the mouse stops working intermittently as the range is increased. After playing with a few different designs, I settled on a 15-turn bundle of insulated wire to be attached in series with the single turn antenna on the board.”


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5 Responses to “Improve Cheap RF Mouse Range”

  1. stan goldman Says:

    Your wireless mouse antenna sounds like a great idea. Details: Antenna core? Wire diameter? Approx. range? Looks like you enclosed the antenna and wiring in shrink tubing; am I correct?


  2. matthew Says:

    how do u know what part of the circuit board to solder the wire to?

    😀 ty

  3. Alan Parekh Says:

    You would need to look for the existing antenna. It is probably just a loop of copper on the board.

  4. Milton Says:

    Can anyone help me out, I can’t find where the antenna is on my wireless mouse, here are the pics:

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Milton,

    It is probably that large copper trace in the second picture that goes around the board. I can’t see what it is connected to though.

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