How do you prefer to interact with your computer? Sometimes a mouse and keyboard just aren’t enough. Depending on what you’re doing, getting the most out of your computer requires a completely different interface method. Personally, I use a trackball and keyboard for both gaming and general use, and many Windows computer owners prefer to do most of their work with a graphics tablet and stylus.
Elsewhere on MakeUseOf, we’ve covered ways to connect PS3 controllers and Xbox 360 controllers to your PC — but did you know it’s also possible to interact with your computer via the Wiimote?
After you have successfully established the connection, the device can be used for various purposes. Its motion sensor allows you to use the Wiimote as a pointing device, for example, to give presentations…
What you need to get started
If you own a Nintendo Wii or have access to a Wiimote (you can get these relatively cheaply from eBay or pawnshops), you can take advantage of the device’s wireless connectivity and use it with Windows.
To get started, you will need the following:
- Internal Bluetooth or external USB Bluetooth dongle
- Nintendo Wiimote
Make sure your Bluetooth receiver is set up correctly. The USB device should install itself in Windows 7, although you may need to install drivers from the disc. Check the documentation for the key for the complete procedure.
Success in this depends on the Bluetooth receiver; some of them are not suitable for receiving connections from the Wiimote. So you will need to do some testing.
(Before proceeding, please be aware that some Bluetooth USB adapters will not be suitable for this task. Whether the following steps will work depends on the build and chipset of the device you are using. Similarly, some built-in Bluetooth receivers may be problematic..)
Connecting your WiiMote
To find out if your Bluetooth is capable of communicating with the Wiimote, you need to try to establish a basic connection.
When you’re ready to start, open » Start > Control Panel > Add a Device and hold the «1» and «2» buttons on the Wiimote. Windows should detect the device (as Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 ) and add it before asking you to select a pairing option — you don’t need to select a passcode to pair with this type of device, so skip this one.
To check if the Wiimote is connected, open » Start > Control Panel > View Devices and Printers and then find the Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 in the » Devices» . After successfully connecting the device, you can start setting up!
If you are using BlueSoleil
Some Bluetooth hardware requires BlueSoleil drivers and software to be used with other applications and services. If the previous steps don’t work, try the next one.