Since I’ve pretty much started a wireless theme for this week, I thought I would keep going with today’s quick tip. Today, we’re going to talk about wireless channels. After going over the whole setup for a wireless keyboard and mouse yesterday, I got to thinking that you might also run into some trouble with the channels, so I definitely wanted to cover that right away. So, without further ado, let’s check it out!
First of all, wireless keyboards and mice basically work through signals, which come from the wireless receiver you have hooked up to your computer. (If you recall, we went over all of that yesterday). If the receiver is not able to get a good connection with either the keyboard or the mouse, they will not work properly. In that case, you have to change the receiver’s channel until it does start to work. Now, keep in mind that it may not work on the first try. You might have to change it multiple times before your new hardware starts to function correctly, so just be patient.
So, the next question is, how do you do it? Take your wireless receiver and flip it over. You should see a small button there. Just push in on that button (you may need to use a pen or pencil to make sure it gets pushed down all the way) and then try using the keyboard and mouse. If they still don’t work, push the button again and so on. You may also need to do the same thing on the mouse (and only the mouse). On the bottom side of the mouse, there’s a similar button. Just keep pushing that until it connects to the receiver and works for you. If both items are working right, your receiver will light up when you use them. So, yes, this is one downside to the wireless world, but at least you now know how to fix the problem, right? And it’s an easy fix at that!