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Hello,

I am looking to use a bluetooth keyboard with my current media player. According to its specs, it supports all models of wireless USB keyboards. But it doesn't specify about bluetooth. Well, it stands to reason that a factory-paired bluetooth keyboard should work. Unfortunately, the keyboard I want doesn't appear to come with a USB dongle.

So I am curious... is there a USB bluetooth dongle available somewhere that functions independent of software/drivers which I could pair with this keyboard somehow?

The keyboard itself is designed to work with HTPCs, smart phones, tablets, etc. because most wireless devices have integrated bluetooth capability, and an HTPC would easily be able to install the drivers necessary to work with any universal bluetooth USB dongle. But I very much doubt my media player has that ability, since it is so basic in nature. I know it definitely doesn't have integrated bluetooth.

My media player: WD TV Play
My desired bluetooth keyboard: Fosmon Bluetooth Mini Keyboard
 
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post #2 of 7
You can use any Bluetooth dongle...

I personally use http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/products/computer-accessories/RF-MRBTAD.html

It requires no extra software
Edited by kill - 7/29/13 at 12:26am
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Okay, but wouldn't it still require some way to pair the dongle with the keyboard by searching for it and choosing from a list of detected devices?
 
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Every bluetooth device needs to be paired. If the keyboard doesnt come with its own adapter then it uses standard bluetooth... also windows and mac have the pairing software built in
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post #5 of 7
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Yes... but I'm not using Windows or Mac. If you read the OP, its for a media player.
 
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post #6 of 7
You won't be able to pair it if the firmware on the device won't play nice with the BT dongle. Look for a KB with a dedicated RF dongle that will work without needing to pair.
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

You won't be able to pair it if the firmware on the device won't play nice with the BT dongle. Look for a KB with a dedicated RF dongle that will work without needing to pair.

Thanks TLHarrell.

I was thinking of possibly pairing the dongle up with the bluetooth keyboard through my computer first. That way, it may possibly automatically pair up with the keyboard when I plug it into the media player after they already recognize each other.
 
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