Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Syncing Mice & Keyboards with a Wireless Logitech Receiver

Wireless mice and keyboards are convenient both for many reasons and in many situations. They are easier to tuck away when not in use, they free up desk space otherwise surrendered to cables, and the struggle caused by items hanging up on their cables is completely removed. Wireless mice and keyboards connect to a USB receiver plugged into the computer or other device using it. 

Syncing replacement mice and keyboards with a wireless Logitech receiver is fast and does not require any additional software to be installed when paired with a unifying USB receiver once the Logitech unifying software is installed. A unifying USB receiver manages multiple input devices through a single receiver, thereby saving valuable USB ports for other uses. Devices supporting the unifying software are identified with the unifying symbol located on the bottom of mice and keyboards, as well as the outside edge of the USB receiver.

An example of the Logitech unifying symbol from a keyboard looks like this:

Syncing Mice & Keyboards with a Wireless Logitech Receiver

  • In Windows, open the Control Panel and select "Mouse" or "Keyboard" depending upon the device you are installing, replacing, or adding.

  • From the mouse or keyboard properties window, select the "SetPoint Settings" tab which will open the SetPoint Settings window. 
  • Click the unifying button symbol in the bottom left of the side menu.

  • On the unifying software tab, click the "Open Unifying Software" button.

  • On the unifying software welcome screen click "Next".

  • When prompted, turn the mouse or keyboard on to pair it with the unifying receiver. NOTE: If the mouse or keyboard was on when the pairing process began, turn the device off then back on.
  • Once the mouse or keyboard has been detected, verify the model number at the top of the window and click either yes or no to verify the device is working.

  • On the Congratulations screen click the "Finish" button to close the unifying software pairing wizard.

  • Back on the SetPoint Settings window, if the new device is not listed at the top, click the drop down arrow next to the device model and select the appropriate model from the list as the new default device.

  • Click "Apply" and "OK" to save the settings for the new mouse or keyboard.
Replacing mice and keyboards is not something that happens often, but when it does, knowing how to execute this process quickly and efficiently is a must. Unifying software that allows multiple devices to communicate through a single USB receiver leaves vital USB ports available for other devices and reduces the need for an external USB hub. Syncing a new mouse or keyboard to a device with the unifying software installed can be accomplished within minutes so struggling with a mouse or keyboard that is no longer working the way it once did does not make sense.

As always, knowing how to quickly configure devices saves time and makes it more likely that we will replace a troublesome device before it becomes a nuisance!

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