How to Setup Wireless Mouse
Wired mice are less expensive and do not require the use of batteries, but these features still do not outweigh the benefits of a wireless mouse. Going wireless, whether with a cordless phone or Bluetooth speakers, means that there are no more pesky cords to deal with, giving you the freedom of working from where you’re most comfortable. The instructions on how to set up a wireless mouse are generally included in the box, but if you still aren’t sure, here’s how to install the computer peripheral correctly.
To begin the wireless mouse setup, it is highly recommended that you unpack all the items in the box, and lay them out neatly on a desk or table. This will not only provide easy access to them at the time of installation, but also ensure that the package contains all the components required for the setup process. Most of the best wireless mice come generally come with:
- Wireless mouse
- Wireless receiver (for radio frequency wireless mice)
- Batteries (these aren’t always included in the box, so you may have to buy them separately)
- Software (optional depending on model)
- User guide
If any of the above parts aren’t included in the box, you will need to get in touch with the manufacturer or where you purchased the device from.
How to Setup the Wireless Mouse
Since these are wireless devices, they do not receive power from the PC or computer, but rather from batteries installed in the mouse itself. Assuming that you have the batteries needed for the setup process handy, open the battery compartment of the mouse (usually located at the bottom), and place the batteries in the right position (match + with the + on the battery and vice versa).
After you’ve installed the batteries, set the mouse in comfortable position on your desk, keeping in mind proper ergonomics. Apart from comfort, the other big reason to ensure that the mouse is placed in a great ergonomic position is to prevent the chances of carpel tunnel syndrome or tendonitis in the future especially when using the wireless mouse for longer periods.
Setting Up the Wireless Receiver
Wireless mice can connect with your PC or computer either via radio frequency or Bluetooth. Mice that connect with via RF signals come with a fingernail size or a little bigger receiver that plugs into one of the USB ports on your computer. Although this is a pretty straightforward process, things can get a bit tricky when positioning the receiver.
Placing the USB wireless mouse receiver in the right position will ensure that there is no lag in performance due to interference from other objects. In terms of interference, most wireless device manufacturers recommend that you place the USB receiver at least 8 inches away from sources of interference such as metal filing cabinets, fluorescent lights, computer monitors and cases.
While the distance between the USB port where the receiver is placed and the location of the mouse varies across manufacturers, the suggested distance is between 8 inches and 6 feet from the wireless peripheral. It is important that you do not plug the USB receiver into the USB port just yet, but simply place them in the right position.
Installing the Wireless Mouse Software
The software needed to install the mouse can either be downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website, or may come in a CD included in the box. It contains the drivers needed to communicate with the operating system on your PC, and provides instructions to the computer on how to work with the new wireless mouse.
The process of installing the wireless mouse software is more or less a no-brainer, where you first insert the CD or download the software, launch it and then follow the onscreen instructions. During the software installation process, you may be prompted to answer a few questions, but it is a good idea to accept the default suggestions.
Connecting the Receiver
Turn your compute or laptop on, and then insert the USB receiver into your preferred USB port. You may have several ports available, but your best bet to avoid interference is to set in a slot where the signal can be easily accessed by the mouse.
Once you plug in the receiver, your computer should automatically begin to configure the mouse hardware. This should take no longer than a few minutes, after which you should see a message that reads “Your new hardware is now ready to use” or something similar.
How to Setup Bluetooth Wireless Mouse
The process of setting up a Bluetooth wireless mouse is a bit different because it connects with the Bluetooth module on your PC and not with a USB wireless receiver. Take note that Bluetooth wireless mice and keyboards, just like RF devices, source their power from batteries, so ensure they are installed right and working.
Start by turning on Bluetooth on your PC or laptop, and then put the mouse in discovery mode by pressing the button on the mouse. Your PC will now start searching for nearby devices, and once detected will list the name of your mouse on the screen. Click on the name to approve the connection and your Bluetooth mouse is ready for use.
Now that you know how to set up a wireless mouse, and have done so successfully, it is good idea to test to ensure it is working properly. This can be done by first restarting the computer, and then moving the mouse around in Windows Explorer to see if it’s working properly. Wireless mice are plug-and-play devices, and generally are easy to install and use as long you have all the components to get started including batteries.
The best mice can run for a year or more before the next battery replacement, and some even alert you via a light on the device when battery power is low. If you do run into any issues with when installing the wireless mouse, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the device or download them from the company’s official website.