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Does the Apple keyboard require 8 digits to pair, or could i pair with, say, 4 digits, as the usual cell phones and other Bluetooth device ?

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It really depends on the BT software on the desktop. For example, when I pair my Windows machine with my Apple BT alu-keyboard, it requires 6 characters, not 8.

I've heard of people pairing it with BT Nokia cellphones, WM devices, etc - so it should not be a problem or a limitation set by Apple AFAIK.

  • Can this number of required digits then be set as per the desktop software ? Under Ubuntu, I can get a random set of digits (4) or I can enter my own, which I assume could be anything. However, the fact that Mac OS X was asking for 8 digits tells me that I might be more successful with 8 digits. I still have to try that. – jfmessier Sep 2 '09 at 12:33
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If pairing with a Mac OS X system, yeah, it's 8 digits.

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It has been found that the Apple keyboard can work with different number of digits. The issue is that until an Apple keyboard is somehow initialized by a MAC and given an identity, it cannot remain connected under linux. I do not know whether this a Linux Issue, or this is an unnamed keyboard issue, but since the keyboard was given a name under MacOSX, it connects fine under Windows and Linux.

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