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Mac Mini Keyboard Mouse Help

howywood

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OKay. So I've got two mac mini's set up in a room separate from where the display is located, and I'm not only having trouble with the range on the Magic Keyboard/Mouse, but both of them connect to different computers all the time. It doesn't seem they are 'locked in'.

Does anyone know of a good alternative to the Apple solution? Perhaps a combo piece that includes trackpad and mouse run by a USB dongle?

Or is there a way to 'lock in' a Magic Mouse/Keyboard to a Mac Mini? And is there such thing as a bluetooth extender system to help with the rangE?

I appreciate the help in advance!!
 

theSeb

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A logitech mouse using their USB receiver should work at that range according to the claimed range. You should also be able to use one of their wireless keyboards in the same way.

I'll check the range later, since I need somebody else to move the mouse around while I watch the screen.
 
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howywood

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A logitech mouse using their USB receiver should work at that range according to the claimed range. You should also be able to use one of their wireless keyboards in the same way.

I'll check the range later, since I need somebody else to move the mouse around while I watch the screen.

Thank you so much!! It has become quite the project. When I started this setup, everything worked fine with the distance we were working with. A week ago, it just stopped working reliably. I also can't keep up switching keyboard and mouse a billion times. Dongle sounds the way to go.
 
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Brian33

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Another possibility might be to use macOS's built-in Screen Sharing. Turn off bluetooth for one of the Minis (so the keyboard &mouse only connect to the other Mini). When you want to control the non-bluetooth Mac, just use screen sharing to connect to it. While in that application window, your keyboard and mouse input will be sent to the "remote" mac. Just an idea, as I don't really understand what your trying for (wondering how you see the monitor at all if it's in another room...)
 
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mk313

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Not sure about the range but I use Logitech multi device Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with my computers. They have individual Button’s to move between machines so 1 is my personal and and 2 is my work computer and 3 on the keyboard is my phone. Works pretty great and always easy to see which device I’m connected to
 
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theSeb

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I see. Well, I read that the Logitech usb receiver can even work at up to 100m. i could not convince my wife to help me test that range, but she did help in the house. It works perfectly fine at the range you mentioned and even through walls made of bricks and mortar and stuff. This is only using an older Logitech mx2 anywhere mouse, so the latest may work even better. I don’t trust the wife with my new Logitech g903 in case she dropped it.
 
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