How to Connect Wireless Keyboard without Receiver?
Wireless keyboards are designed to reduce the clutter of wires around your computer space. This range of devices can be connected wirelessly with a single USB receiver, which occupies one of the USB ports on your desktop or laptop.
But what if you lose this fingernail size receiver or you do not want to dedicate a premium USB port to it, especially on laptops. The biggest question you may have at this point is how to connect a wireless keyboard without receiver to your computer system.
The short answer is to not do it, owing to the fact that this class of wireless devices does not support Wi-Fi technology, but is backed by Radio Frequency (RF) technology. The internet, however, is flooded with hacks on how to connect RF technology-based wireless keyboard without receiver, but the implementation of any of these techniques is risky, and may damage your PC, or in worse cases, void its manufacturer warranty.
How do Wireless Keyboards Work?
That said, here’s how wireless keyboards work, solutions for if you lose the receiver, and the alternatives available if you’d like to save precious USB port space. Wireless keyboards are powered by batteries and transmit their signal to a receiver that is connected to the PC’s USB port.
This basic concept of wireless technology involves data being transmitted in the air, which is then retrieved by another compatible device such as a keyboard. Radio Frequency is the typical transmission medium of these signals, where the keyboard serves as the transmitting device and the receiver plugged into the USB port fields these signals.
The receiver then sends these signals to an integrated circuit chip embedded in the PC, from where they are transferred to the operating system. The data is then decoded by the CPU and displayed on the monitor of your PC. Most wireless keyboards can be used from up to 10 feet away, but any further than this could result in keyboard lag.
The transmitter in the keyboard must be paired with the USB receiver to work properly. Once paired, both devices will operate on the same channel, frequency using a common identification code. Pairing is important to prevent interference from other RF devices and sources, where some devices initiate the pairing process automatically, while others come factory pre-paired.
Unlike devices such as television remote controls that use infrared technology, RF devices do not require a clear line of sight between the keyboard and the computer system, and are able to pass through barriers such as your desk or monitor. Additionally, some of the best wireless keyboards feature some level of encryption to prevent any interference or eavesdropping.
What if you Lose your Keyboard Receiver?
Some wireless keyboard manufacturers such as Logitech offer replacement receivers or better yet allow you to connect several computer peripherals including a mouse to a single receiver. The pairing or unifying process can vary across keyboard manufacturers, but for the most part is just a matter of downloading and installing the appropriate software and following the prompts.
How to Connect Wireless Keyboard without Receiver?
The only way to connect a wireless keyboard without receiver and without causing any damage to the device is by using peripherals powered by Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth keyboards, just as the name would suggest, pair with your computer using Bluetooth wireless technology.
For this to work, your computer or laptop must support Bluetooth (most newer ones do) or else you will have to connect a dongle into one of its ports to make it Bluetooth compliant.
Compared to wireless RF technology-based keyboards, Bluetooth keyboards can work up to an impressive 30 feet away, and offer a secure and reliable wireless connection. Connecting a Bluetooth wireless keyboard with your PC is quite easy even for those who aren’t tech savvy.
- First things first – turn off your wireless Bluetooth keyboard if it’s turned on. Then turn it on again to refresh its system and make it discoverable. This will allow your computer to detect it when it scans for nearby devices.
- If using Windows, launch the Start menu, type Add a Bluetooth Device, and click the Add option. For MAC users, simply tap the Bluetooth option in the menu bar, and select Set Up a Device.
- Your computer will now begin to scan for nearby devices, and should list your keyboard. If it doesn’t, try turning off both the computer and keyboard once again, and if the issue still persists, refer to your computer and keyboard User Guide for troubleshooting steps.
- Once your keyboard shows up on the screen, select it and click Next.
- Lastly, you will be prompted to pair the keyboard with your system, which is generally done via a PIN number. You will receive a message once both the devices are paired successfully with each other. Now your keyboard is ready for use without any unwanted wires and receiver.
Wireless keyboards are a great way of getting rid of extra wires connected to your computers. However, wireless keyboards backed by RF technology need to communicate with a receiver that is plugged to any one of your computer’s USB ports.
This takes up what could be valuable USB port space, especially when using laptops. Wireless Bluetooth keyboards, just as the name suggests, use Bluetooth technology to connect with your supported laptop or PC.
This means that there is no receiver to connect with, allowing you to use your USB ports to connect other devices. Another noteworthy benefit of using Bluetooth-enabled keyboards over RF technology devices is the longer and uninterrupted connection range they offer.
On the downside, some Bluetooth keyboards do require more power than their RF counterparts, which is a small tradeoff for that pesky USB dongle. Connecting a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with a computer is easy, where you first pair both devices and then start using it seamlessly. If you have trouble with pairing the devices with each other, whether you’re using an RF-enabled or Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, refer to your user guide for the manufacturer recommended solution.