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Very common question. . .
Wireless keyboards and mice are not designed for nor do they have the range beyond a few feet. Because 99% of users have the keyboard and mouse next to the PC, a short distance is all that's needed. It's the simple fact that the power output of the devices are extremely low power.
In other words, there ain't no such animal that I've ever seen. All I can suggest is that you find a brand you like and contact them with your question.
See this recent discussion.
Long Range Keyboard/Mouse
Contrary to what one of the posters said, there a quite a number of longe-range wireless keyboard/mouse products. I can personally vouch for the Gyration products. I've used them commercially and at home. Top notch, up to 40 ft.
They are out there...
I've researched this for an entirely different reason, but increased range/reception was the end result. Wifi, follow RF principles and that means in terms of waves. There are products that are fine example of offered products but these are at least double the price or definelty higher priced, so be aware of that. Here is a link that mentions products and possible added solution:
I definably give the rule of thumb most wifi kybds and mice are 3M or 10ft. typical operation. Following "Yagi principles"(google it) to can create a Pringles can or wire mesh dish to increase range. -OR- simply have an wifi dongle that is cabled for best placement in a room for better reception. Don't settle for the simple USB dongle that is a USB bump in a port, you want a more flexible type that is cabled with its antenna for mounting. Understand also, that any obstacles will interfere though that isn't a big hassle it does cut down on reception as well as "high density" areas like apts. or office complex, these can interfere with each other though they say not, the real world has a different outcome.
Long Range Keyboard & Mouse
I run an IT shop for a major Law Firm in NYC. We have several large conferenc rooms with Multimedia. We use the Logitech MX 5000 wireless keyboard and mouse combo for all of them. The rechargeable mouse cradle is great and the distance covered by both the keyboard and mouse is essential for us (30+'). It is at the top of the keyboard range in price, but these keyboards are highly used and durable. We have had no problems in key dropping or mouse lagging. These are left on 24 x 7 x 365 and we have not replaced one yet (2 years)
For my own home, I am interested in trying the Logitech cordless media Pro--looks sleek for a kitchen countertop device. It is either this or I will look for a MX 5000
Long Range Wireless Keyboard
I went through three wireless keboards, none of which could deal with my 20 ft distance including a sheetrock/wood stud wall and door. The only solution that worked was the RF-222 from Wireless Computing (wireless-computing.com). They make several units, all of which quote a 100 ft range. The RF-222 includes a trackball with the keyboard and it works very well. Notable is the wireless antenna - it's a beefy box with a green LED power indicator and about six feet of USB cable for optimal positioning. Much better than the pitiful USB dongles that came with the competitors.
Another note - some wireless mouse/keyboard setups do not include an off switch with the mouse. Not sure who conceived that, but I find it completely unacceptable. Study the design of the unit before you buy it.
Amazon has the best wireless mice
Amazon has the best wireless mice. Need a discount code? Just google Azon Deal Digger - They have a gold box on the site that will spit out a percentage off of any product that you enter (just type in wireless mouse). Really neat and I use it all the time and save big.