Windows – WiFi is interfering with wireless Logitech VX Revolution mouse

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I'd been having trouble with my Logitech VX Revolution wireless mouse after about 2 years of ownership. I figured that, since I use it all the time, it was worn out. The problem I was having was that the left-click would only register about a third of the time. As I said, I thought I had just worn the mouse out so I bought a new (refurbished, actually) VX Revolution and receiver and I'm still having the same problems. That caused me to Google this, and apparently I'm not the only one with these issues.

It seems that my 2.4 GHz wireless is interfering with the mouse, and the higher speeds at which I download, the worse my mouse behaves. If I disable my wireless card (802.11b/g), I have no problems at all with my mouse.

I've used Logitech's connection utility to re-pair my mouse with the receiver, thinking it might use a different frequency that wouldn't interfere, but it didn't. Any suggestions? I've tried to be as specific as I can. Here are my computer's specs:

  • HP dv6449us laptop
  • Windows 7 x86 RTM (problem occurred on XP x86 and Ubuntu x86 as well)
  • Logitech VX Revolution with included receiver and with smaller Nano receiver

Best Answer

Tricky, since the Logitech seems to be using a proprietary radio protocol, I think. If it was Bluetooth I would not expect this type of interference since that uses the whole of the 2.4 GHz band, changing frequency 1600 times a second so it is only ever on one particular frequency for a very tiny fraction of the time.

My guess is that the Logitech is using one or one of a very small number of narrow-band frequencies, and this happens to fall within range of your wi-fi signal. A more reliable way to beat the interference would be to change your wi-fi access point (or router with built-in AP) to a different channel, as far away from the current one as possible (eg go from 1 to 11, or vice versa).