bellwilliamaudie
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Which would be the best keyboard/touchpad that would work with out any issues on the Pi Zero W?

Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:59 pm

I'm not sure I am posting this in the right place, my apologies if I am not and I hope someone will direct me.

I have purchased 2 Pi Zero W's, one for my daughter and one for her best friend ages 12 and 13. This will be a secondary Christmas present for both of them. They just want them to play the Pi version of Mindcraft. I was buying a component or two a paycheck.

The problem I am having is with the Bluetooth Keyboard. I purchased one Rii K12BT Ultra Slim Portable Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard/Touchpad. My buddy at work has a Pi Zero W set up (with the most recent NOOBS) and he suggested that I bring the Bluetooth keyboard over and try it out. It does not work on his Pi Zero W. After a full Saturday of trying and failing to get it to work, he suggested that I ask in the forum 'which would be the best keyboard/touchpad that would work with out any issues on the Pi Zero W?' (I can always use the Rii K12BT keyboard/touchpad on another project.)

I will try and get everything up and running for them but in the end the girls will have to work with the keyboards to keep them functioning.

Thank you, so much!

PhatFil
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Re: Which would be the best keyboard/touchpad that would work with out any issues on the Pi Zero W?

Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:28 pm

Hi Imho invest in a usb/hub dongle i use a 3 port usb hub with a network port which is available from ebay/aliexpress for a few quid.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Micro-U ... autifyAB=0
(example not recomended seller..)

that way you can use cheep n cheerful reliable usb kit ;) i use my pi-0's headless but have the above dongle and basic usb/wireless keyboard/mouse for emergencies..

However your device should work, can you connect/pair it to your phone ok? is bluetooth enabled on your pi, the pi bluetooth has worked ok with everything (not a great deal) i have tried to communicate with? issue the cli command

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 systemctl status bluetooth
to confirm bluetooth is up and running ..

bellwilliamaudie
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Re: Which would be the best keyboard/touchpad that would work with out any issues on the Pi Zero W?

Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:31 pm

Thank you for your response! Yes we tried the same hub you showed but a powered version, with his spare USB keyboard/touchpad and dongle and that worked. He said truthfully that he never used the Bluetooth capability on his Pi Zero W.

I thought the Bluetooth keyboard/touchpad would leave a more uncluttered footprint. I guess I need to rethink my choices for the two Pi Zero W's...

Is there an issue with Pi Zero W's using Bluetooth and WiFi?

HermannSW
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Re: Which would be the best keyboard/touchpad that would work with out any issues on the Pi Zero W?

Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:38 pm

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