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Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by HappyLinux » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:43 am

I am enquiring about Logitech Unifying Technology which allows multiple Logitech products to connect via a single USB connecter.

I'm currently using a Logitech Keyboard K350 and Microsoft Mouse 5000.

I basically need to replace the the mouse as the wheel is dying.

If I bought an M705 Logitech mouse, would I be able to use the Unifying Technology under Linux, with the single USB adapter?
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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by Riko » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:49 am

Hi,

I have a Logitech K340 keyboard and a Logitech mouse on 1 usb dongle working just fine! Don't know what model the mouse is, but I seem to remember mouse and keyboard came as a set.

Cheers!

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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by HappyLinux » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:12 am

Riko wrote:Hi,

I have a Logitech K340 keyboard and a Logitech mouse on 1 usb dongle working just fine! Don't know what model the mouse is, but I seem to remember mouse and keyboard came as a set.

Cheers!
Maybe that's because the keyboard and mouse have already been paired. I'm thinking that if you have to replace either keyboard or mouse, then it won't work. You have to somehow pair the new device to the same dongle.
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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by niowluka » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:21 am

You need a small program called solaar:

http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1459

It will allow you to pair / unpair devices from the usb receivers.
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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by Riko » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:21 am

HappyLinux wrote:
Riko wrote:Hi,

Maybe that's because the keyboard and mouse have already been paired. I'm thinking that if you have to replace either keyboard or mouse, then it won't work. You have to somehow pair the new device to the same dongle.
Hmm, I don't remember pairing mouse / keyboard / dongle. But I also run this setup since several years. As I said, I'm pretty sure it came as a set, so maybe it was factory paired!

Anyway, there seems to be a solution as posted in this thread.

Good luck!

PS: Just saw that you have a dual boot set-up. So you can just pair through Windows and should be ready to go. I certain I never did any gymnastics under Linux.

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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by niowluka » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:18 am

Riko wrote:Hmm, I don't remember pairing mouse / keyboard / dongle. But I also run this setup since several years. As I said, I'm pretty sure it came as a set, so maybe it was factory paired!
When you buy a key / mouse combo they are already paired with a single dongle. But if you buy a mouse or keyboard replacement on its own, it will be paired with its own dongle. So you have to either use 2 dongles (obviously not ideal) or manually pair new device with old dongle.
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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by HappyLinux » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:43 am

I have had a look at the website for Solaar and it looks very interesting.

I was reading through the devices list and started checking things. First I ran lsusb to see if my current Unifying Reciever is compatible. The one I have is the 046d:c52b model. So that is fine. My keyboard which is would be recognised fine, althouh there are a lot of buttons on the keyboard which don't work under Linux, like the function keys and media keys. I mean program shortcut keys. Pressing F1,2 etc as a shortcut command inside a program is fine. It's when you hold the "Fn" button and press F1 to load the assigned Word Processor, or F7 for Internet Explorer, as noted by the labels on the keys. However, there is a shortcut button to load calculator which works and I use at least once a week.

Well, onto something that I'm not so sure about.

The mouse that I have my eye on is the M705. The Logitech website lists it as a "Wireless Mouse M705" http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/product/7108?crid=7, yet the solar website lists only compatability with the "M705 Marathon Mouse".

Upon doing a quick search, it appears that Logitech provided 2 models of the M705 Mouse. A standard Wireless model which I've found priced at about £25, and a discontinued Marathon model which is priced at about £45 which is priced for stock clearance in stores. I have no idea what the differences are between them. Would the standard M705 work fine, or should I pay a little extra and go for a model that's actually listed to work, like the Performance MX http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/product/p ... -mx?crid=7

P.S. Riko. I do have a dual-boot setup, and I could pair the devices under Windows. My initial question was whether or not paired devices would work in Linux through a single Unifying Adapter. Although the conversation quickly expanded to suggest Solaar, I am greatful for everything put forwards.
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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by niowluka » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:05 am

I just realized, 2 months ago I bought exact same mouse (£27.79) to replace a mouse from MK520 combo. I used solaar to pair it, and unpair the old mouse.

And yes, you can pair them under Windows and use in Linux.

Bonus review: mouse feels great in hand and I generally really like it, but of the 2 thumb buttons the forward one is a little awkward, and the bottom thumb button is super difficult to press. Mouse is quite large though, and I've got small hands so could be just me :wink:
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Re: Logitech Unifying Technology compatibility

Post by HappyLinux » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:20 am

I'll just get the mouse and pair it under Windows. Cheers anyway.
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