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    Question WiFi and Bluetooth question

    Hi all. I'm not sure if this question should go into this forum but here goes. I have a PC I planned to hook up to a TV. The PC would use 802.11g WiFi to access my home network and the Internet. I started looking for a mini keyboard/mouse to use with this and realized that there might be an issue using either Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz band devices (that aren't Bluetooth). The PC would have a WiFi NIC in it and something, either a Bluetooth adapter or other 2.4 GHz device, connected and used at the same time. How do people get around this issue other then utilizing 802.11n?

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    It shouldn't really be a problem. When I travel in our motor home I have a router/repeater {using 802.11G} hooked up to an external antenna to get better reception. My wife can both connect to the router and we also have an HP wireless printer connected. I use a Logitech Wireless external KBD/Mouse with my laptop and my wife uses a Logitech wireless mouse with hers. This is all in the confines of the living area of a small metal box and we do not have any interference problems.
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    Good to know. Actually, so now the question is whether or not to use Bluetooth vs. regular 2.4 GHz RF. Which is better? The keyboard/mouse unit won't every be used more than 15' away from the PC. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by telecomguy9 View Post
    the question is whether or not to use Bluetooth vs. regular 2.4 GHz RF. Which is better? The keyboard/mouse unit won't every be used more than 15' away from the PC. Any thoughts?
    Bluetooth is more convenient since you don't need a USB receiver or the free USB port to plug it into. However, Bluetooth devices, in my experience, are more expensive than the USB receiver equivalents. I love my new Logitech MK520 KBD/Mouse {review here} combo with the unifying receiver, a small USB receiver you can leave in place all the time and handles up to 5 compatible devices.
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    Thanks for the info. I'm a little confused about the Bluetooth stuff. Take this item for example:


    http://www.magic-pro.com/en/product/...niBTTouch2.htm


    It looks pretty cool, but what confuses me is that the system requirements include a Bluetooth enabled PC (if you want to use it with a PC). However it shows that it comes with a Bluetooth dongle. I don't get it. I thought the Bluetooth dongle is what you'd plug into your PC but now I'm wondering if the Bluetooth dongle plugs into the keyboard/mouse device to provide it with Bluetooth, and thus you'd need a Bluetooth enabled PC.


    Am I right? Does that make sense?

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    TCG,

    Do you speak Japanese? Here's a youtube video on the device. Did you realize how small it is?
    I can't tell if the slot in the keyboard if for storage or the dongle goes there to operate.
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