Unifying receiver by Logitech – pairing guide GNU/Linux
Logitech M570 – Pairing using the unifying receiver
So, here’s my story. I had a Logitech M570, which I didn’t use for quite a long time. I remember it was comfortable enough for my hands. For me to go find it again and get a feel of it.
Of course a lot of dust. Needed new batteries. But once it turned on, I felt relieved. It still worked. There was a little adapter beside it. A usb adapter with logitech written on it. My guess was that was it. Wrong! A quick dmesg revealed, this was the receiver for a headset.
Missing Logitech unifying receiver
Now, I had one huge problem. The mouse is a wireless one, and I had no way to make it work. I had no wireless receiver to pair it with. The one that I had for the headset was not a ‘unifying’ receiver, so I couldn’t ‘flash’ it to detect the M570.
Getting a unifying receiver
About a week ago, I bought 2 unifying receivers on ebay for like $10, so they are cheap. Beware of fakes ! They do exist. I would guess that anything under $10 would be fake.
At long last, they came in today so I had to test them 🙂 and get that M570 to work again.
Pairing under GNU/Linux
My next hurdle was the pairing part. Under windows, you have the proprietary Logitech Unifying software. Luckily, we do have a few alternatives too!
Solaar -GUI Option
Solaar has a nice GUI easy to use interface, but you may have to restart to get it to work after installation.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:daniel.pavel/solaar
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install solaar-gnome3
All you have to do, is click on pair new device.
Turn your device on and off and Voila!
It’s all paired and working.
ltunify – CLI
ltunify is a nice command-line alternative to Solaar. Also, I like this one way more than the graphical Solaar.
git clone https://github.com/mir-ror/ltunify.git
make install -home
Plug in your unifying receiver.
Open a terminal and launch the command:
sudo ltunify pair
Turn your device on and off, done!
sudo ltunify unpair
Have fun pairing and unpairing all your devices under GNU/Linux
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