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When I connect to my wimote, my wireless connectivity seems to be interrupted. My signal strength is fine but web pages refuse to load or load VERY slowly. As soon as I disconnect the Wiimote I'm back to normal speed. I did some very superficial research and have found other reports of Bluetooth connection interfering with WiFi connections. Oddly, however, if I am broadcasting a Bluetooth signal, but am not connected to my wiimote, my wireless speed is not affected. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Are there any solutions or workarounds?

Hardware/Software Configuration:
Windows Vista 32 bit (SP 2)
Dell Latitude E6400
Bluetooth: MS Bluetooth Enumerator, Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Mini-card (not sure about driver ver.)

General Hardware Talk / IR Pen Review
« on: March 01, 2010, 10:35:36 PM »
I have just completed an extensive review of IR pens from Penteractive, IRPensOneline, Whalebone, and InfraWow. The complete review and evaluation matrix is available on my blog:

I recently compiled a list of my 10 favorite applications and websites that I use with my Wii IWB. I've posted the list with hyperlinks on my blog. If you have other suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Here's the link to the post:

1. Review Games
2. Google SketchUp
3. Google Earth/Maps
4. Assessments and Review
5. Virtual Cell
6. Biggest Brain
7. Virtual Knee Surgery
8. Timelines
9. Concept Maps
10. Magnetic Words

                    John Sowash

Wiimote Smoothboard / Invalid License Key Fixed...
« on: October 10, 2009, 06:25:22 AM »
Update: Received an e-mail from Smoothboard explaining that the license key must be reset. The registration system is a bit quirky but Boon Jin makes up for it by quick responses to challenges. Smoothboard is still the best product around!

Wiimote Smoothboard / Changed computers licence key invalid
« on: October 09, 2009, 12:32:55 PM »
I am having trouble moving my registered version of smoothboard 1.6 to my new laptop. The registration key that I used will not work on the new machine. I uninstalled smoothboard on my old machine but the uninstalation process does not release the registration key. I e-mailed [email protected] but haven't heard anything yet. Anyone had a similar experience?

IR Pens / IR Pen Review
« on: March 28, 2009, 07:49:31 PM »
Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to use three IR pen models in my classroom with my Wii interactive whiteboard. I have just finished a blog post in which I review all three and select my favorite.

Here are the pens that I reviewed:

1. The "MacGyver Pen" (homemade)
3. The Groove from

For the complete review, visit my blog:

Help Videos / Re: Bluetooth Connection Videos
« on: January 18, 2009, 04:50:40 PM »

I created another bluetooth connection video for my personal blog. Feel free to add it to your excellent collection. Thanks for doing a great job moderating and adding content to the wiimote project!

John Sowash
Southfield Christian School

edit benpaddlejones fix youtube link
John FYI: embed a youtube video just as the alphanumeric after the ?v=
greatvideo :)

Say Hi! / Hi from Southfield, Michigan!
« on: January 18, 2009, 04:46:31 PM »
I love using the wiiboard and my high school students have enjoyed it as well. I teach high school biology which is a hands-on subject anyway. The Wiiboard has allowed me to turn my static projector screen into yet another opportunity for my students to personally interact with virtual cells, review games, and PowerPoint presentations.

The Wiimote project has been a great help to me as I set up my Wiiboard.

John Sowash
Southfield Christian School


I have been using the wiiboard in my classroom since September. I am in the same situation as you though-- I'm trying to work out the bugs so that I can introduce other teachers to the technology in the future. I'm also sharing the technology at an educational technology conference in Detroit in March.

John Sowash
Southfield Christian School
28650 Lahser Road
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 357-366zero

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