Question about Bluetooth/wireless mice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Ingsoc75, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Ingsoc75 macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a 17" PB and wanted to get a wireless mouse. Now tell me is the difference between wireless and Bluetooth in that you don't need to hook up a receiver for your Bluetooth mouse since the PB has it built in? All the wireless mice have a receiver that I would plugin to the computer and this is not good since I am portable.

    Hope this makes sense because I am looking for a wireless/Bluetooth mouse that is 2 buttons and that I don't have to plug any reciever into the PB in order for it to work.

    I've see the thread posted about the wireless mice and I know what models are Bluetooth.

    cheers
     
  2. KBFinFan macrumors 6502

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    Yes, your 17" PB has bluetooth built in.. so if using a bluetooth mouse then you should have no difficulty.

    A 'wireless' mouse usually transmits its signal through radio waves or infared i believe... and since that is not built in to your PB you would need an external device.

    Bluetooth is 'wireless'.. its just a different signal that is sent through the air.
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

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    Traditional wireless mice have used a system similar to your TV remote control based on infrared waves. Bluetooth is a totally different system based on a system similar to AirPort using radio waves. The bonus is the infrared needs line-of-sight like a satelite reciever, and bluetooth just needs to be in range like an AirPort station. Of note though, there are different bluetooth standards, so a bluetooth communicating mouse might not operate with the internal bluetooth receiver on your laptop because to two use differing frequency bands.
     
  4. aphexist macrumors member

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    This is false. Traditional wireless mice use radio waves on a certain frequency signal similar to portable phones. Not to say there have never been any infrared mice, but all the wireless mice I have seen in the last few years have used RF.
     

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