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Bluetooth: How to set up your Apple Wireless Keyboard
Posted by UCS IT Support 4 on 19 August 2008 12:05 PM

Bluetooth: How to set up your Apple Wireless Keyboard

Summary

This article includes instructions for setting up either version of the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Products Affected

Keyboards, Bluetooth

Setting up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard

Check system requirements
You can see which version of Mac OS X your computer has by choosing Apple menu > About This Mac. If you have a previous version, see this article for instructions on updating your computer's software. The aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later as well as the most recent keyboard software update. If using Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later the keyboard software update is not needed.

Check Bluetooth
You can tell if your computer has built-in Bluetooth by choosing Apple menu -> System Preferences. Make sure your bluetooth adapter is turned on. There are some external USB bluetooth adapters that may work with your system if it does not feature this capability. Check with the manufacturer for Mac compatibility.

Note: Some third-party USB Bluetooth adaptors may not allow wireless keyboards or mice to wake some Macs from sleep. See this article for more information.

Set up
To set up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:

  1. Confirm that you have Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later installed and install the keyboard software update. If using Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later the keyboard software update is not needed.
  2. Install the batteries.
    1. Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.

    2. Slide the batteries into the battery compartment as shown below.

    3. Replace the battery compartment cover and leave the keyboard turned off.
  3. Open the Bluetooth Setup Assistant.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. At the Select Device Type panel, select Keyboard. Do not click Continue yet.
  6. Turn on the keyboard. The light above the power switch should begin to flash.
  7. Click Continue. After 15-30 seconds, the keyboard's name should appear in the device list of the Search pane.
  8. Select the keyboard in the Setup Assistant listing, then click Continue. The assistant will try to pair with the keyboard.
  9. When the Setup Assistant prompts you to do so, type the passkey shown in the Setup Assistant on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Press the Return key on the keyboard when you are finished.
  10. Once the assistant says the computer and keyboard have successfully paired, click Continue.
  11. Setup is complete. Click Quit.

You should now be able to use the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Note: If the light on the top right corner of the keyboard does not glow or flash when you turn on the keyboard, make sure the batteries are properly charged and installed.

 

Setting up the Apple Wireless Keyboard

Check system requirements
You can see which version of Mac OS X your computer has by choosing Apple menu -> About This Mac. If you have a previous version, see this article for instructions on updating your computer's software. The Apple Wireless Keyboard requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

Check Bluetooth
You can tell if your computer has built-in Bluetooth by choosing Apple menu -> System Preferences. Make sure your bluetooth adapter is turned on. There are some external USB bluetooth adapters that may work with your system if it does not feature this capability. Check with the manufacturer for Mac compatibility.

Note: Some third-party USB Bluetooth adaptors may not allow wireless keyboards or mice to wake some Macs from sleep. See this article for more information.

Set up
To set up the Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse software that came with the keyboard. Insert the CD, double-click the installer, and follow the onscreen instructions.
  2. Turn the keyboard over, install the batteries as illustrated and replace the battery cover.


  3. Open the Bluetooth Setup Assistant.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. At the Select Device Type panel, select Keyboard. Do not click Continue yet.
  6. Using the power switch on the bottom of the keyboard, turn the keyboard on. The light above the power switch should begin to flash.
  7. Click Continue. The keyboard's name should appear in the device list of the Search pane.
  8. Select the keyboard in the Setup Assistant listing, then click Continue. The assistant will try to pair with the keyboard.
  9. When the Setup Assistant prompts you to do so, type the passkey shown in the Setup Assistant on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Press the Return key on the keyboard when you are finished.
  10. Once the assistant says the computer and keyboard have successfully paired, click Continue.
  11. Setup is complete. Click Quit.

You should now be able to use the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Note: If the light on the bottom of the keyboard does not glow or flash when you turn on the keyboard, make sure the batteries are properly charged and installed.

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