Getting Logitech Unifying Wireless to Work in Xubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

I had a mouse (M215) and keyboard (K400) that were both Logitech devices. What you may not know is that the devices made by Logitech share the same wireless protocol, and one transceiver on the computer can handle multiple devices – about like Bluetooth. Since the mouse had no transceiver that I could find – tying it to the transceiver that came with the keyboard was very appealing.

You have to pair the devices with the transceiver on the computer, and a product called Solaar will help you do that. It has many useful features to help you use your Logitech wireless devices fully.

To install, you need to add a third party source. You can do this at the terminal like this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:daniel.pavel/solaar
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install solaar

This adds the repository, then updates the data – then installs solaar from this repository. After that, you will need to run solaar:

nohup solaar &

This will add an icon to your top menu panel. This question from AskUbuntu has detailed pictures and descriptions of solaar.

One surprise is the power plug-in for the menu bar will recognize the power found in the Logitech devices and report it along with system power. The solaar plug-in does as well, but seeing it in the power plugin is a nice touch.


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