Wireless mice and keyboards are a great approach to minimize the mess of wires at our workstations. But it can be a problem if the tiny receiver of our mouse goes missing.
As the device is exceptionally small-scaled, it is most vulnerable to getting misplaced. Although these Logitech mice are not very expensive without the receiver, a mouse is entirely futile. The idea of throwing away a sound and unimpaired mouse just because it doesn’t have its receiver anymore does not feel quite right.
The solution to this problem is Logitech’s unifying technology that assists us in replacing the easily lost wireless receivers and also frees up a USB port for us.
Logitech, a famous name in the market, is amongst the top companies that manufacture personal peripherals for PC navigation, video’s collaboration and communication, music, and smart homes. It also offers products like keyboards, tablet accessories, mice, Bluetooth speakers, webcams, et cetera.
Logitech products offer a replacement receiver known as ‘Logitech Unifying Receiver’ that is devised to supervise the connection of six or seven wireless Logitech products at a time. Here we must be sure that the devices that we are trying to connect simultaneously through the unifying receiver must also have the orange unifying logo on them as the receiver does. This unifying receiver is readily available similar to other Logitech products and costs around $10, which is less than a brand-new mouse and also keeps us from throwing away the previous one whose receiver we lost.
Connecting a mouse with the receiver
Your first attempt to connect the mouse to the receiver would be plugging in the receiver and turning on the mouse. This won’t work! Trying to add the devices from the Control Panel won’t work either. With these mice, we will always require Logitech’s custom connection software.
Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you a pair of the receiver to your wireless mouse.
For Windows, ‘SetPoint Logitech mouse and keyboard software’ or the ‘Logitech Connection Utility’ either can be used. The other option is downloading the full SetPoint package from Logitech’s website. But here we are looking at the use of just the stand-alone Connection Utility.
Keep in mind that the connection utility does not offer support for Mac. If you are a Mac user, you need to download the SetPoint software.
- After downloading the ‘logitech_connect.exe,’ Logitech connection utility, go forward to launch it and then open the application. It hasn’t installed anything yet, so there’s no point in being reluctant.
- Click the ‘Next’ button on the welcome screen, and the tool will allow you to plug-in the new receiver, after which you will be taken to the pairing screen. Turn your mouse off (take out the batteries if your device does not have an on/off button), wait 10 seconds, and then turn it back on.
The software searches for a wireless connection, and when it glimpses one restarting, it recognizes it as the one you want to connect.
The mouse must be paired with the receiver now. But sometimes this doesn’t work either—no need to panic if such a thing happens.
The unifying software also enables us to manage the devices that have currently been connected to the receiver and can also help to remove connections if needed. And animated display as well specifies the device you are using now.
If your paring fails, Logitech suggests that you should contact their customer support, but before going there, there is one more thing that can be given a try.
In the connection utility, turn back to the welcome screen and click ‘Advanced.’ This will open a new window, here select the ‘Pair a new device.’ A window like the one provided above will open. Although it will look almost identical to the regular paring window, this one will generate a new instance for the paring process.
After these steps, your mouse should be connected. If yours still hasn’t been connected and you are sure of using a proper mouse with the right receiver, you should proceed to call the Logitech Customer Support @1– 646 – 454 – 3200. We are confident they will properly guide you further.
- Can I use a Logitech mouse with a different receiver?
Ans: A mouse is usually paired with one receiver at a time. If you pair a mouse with a Logitech unifying receiver, it will not be then paired with its former receiver.
- Can you connect the Logitech Wireless mouse without the receiver?
Ans: It can be with a Logitech unifying receiver, which connects every Logitech device that has the capability to support it. But it will use one USB port. If you don’t want to use the receiver at all, try using a Bluetooth mouse instead.
- Where is the reset button on the Logitech mouse?
Ans: Over the bottom of the mouse, an oval-shaped reset button is located. Press the button down for at least four seconds to reset the device.
- Do all wireless mice need a receiver?
Ans: If the wireless mice are connected to the computer by a receiver that is plugged into a USB port, that picks up a wireless signal from the mouse and transmits it into a USB signal that the computer can understand.
- Can I use a Bluetooth mouse without a USB dongle?
Ans: Yes, a Bluetooth mouse can be used without its USB dongle. The dongle should only be plugged in when the device doesn’t support Bluetooth. If a mouse doesn’t include a dongle in the packaging, it has a built-in Bluetooth, and it does not need a dongle at all.
The most significant advantage of Logitech unifying multi-connect software is that you can store a few extra receivers for if you lose the current one. The multi-connect software pairs compatible devices to any unifying receiver and you don’t have to worry if you miss the receiver by chance. Some keyboards and mice offer a place to store the unused receiver in them.