How to Use a Belkin Wireless PDA Keyboard

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Wireless and capable of interfacing with a variety of personal digital assistants, the Belkin Wireless Keyboard enables you to compose notes, emails and letters while on the go without the hassle of using your PDA's onscreen keyboard. The device is compact and uses infrared technology to communicate with your PDA. The keyboard's installation software walks you through installing the proper driver for the device and linking it with your PDA. Once the installation process is complete, your Belkin Wireless Keyboard is ready to use.

Pocket PC Installation

  • Connect your Pocket PC to your computer with its USB cable and perform a sync to transfer any personal and data files on the device to your computer. This will provide a backup of your Pocket PC's files in the event of data loss on the device.

  • Close any open windows on your Pocket PC once the sync process is complete. Insert the wireless keyboard's installation CD into your computer's optical drive and click "Install the Pocket PC software" after the installation wizard launches. Your Pocket PC must contain at least 1.2MB of free memory to install the wireless keyboard's software.

  • Click "Yes" when the prompt appears asking “Install Wireless PDA Keyboard using the default application install directory?” You must install the wireless keyboard's software using your Pocket PC's USB sync cable and not the beam-receiving mode method of file transfer.

  • Click "OK" when the installation process is complete and the "Application Downloading Complete” message appears. The wireless keyboard is ready to be configured. The Wireless PDA Configuration screen launches automatically on your Pocket PC. Disconnect the Pocket PC from your computer.

  • Tap the "Enable" button on the configuration screen to activate the keyboard, if "Off" appears next to the Status indicator. The Status indicator changes to "ON" and you can now use your wireless keyboard.

Palm OS Installation

  • Connect your Palm PDA to your computer via its HotSync cradle and perform a sync to transfer any personal and data files on the device to your computer. This provides a backup of your Palm PDA's files in the event of data loss on the device. Remove your Palm PDA from its HotSync cradle and close any open windows on the device.

  • Insert the Belkin Wireless Keyboard's CD-ROM into your computer's optical drive when the sync process is complete. Click "Install the Palm software" after the installation wizard launches. Your Palm PDA must contain at least 180KB of free memory to install the wireless keyboard's software.

  • Click on the name of your Palm PDA and your username when prompted in the wizard, and then click "OK" to start the software installation. Reinsert your Palm PDA into its HotSync cradle to complete the wireless keyboard installation process.

  • Remove the Palm PDA from its HotSync cradle after the sync process completes. Tap the “Wireless PDA Keyboard” icon on your Palm screen to launch the wireless keyboard's configuration utility.

  • Tap the "Enable" button on the configuration screen to activate the keyboard, if "Off" appears next to the Status indicator. The indicator changes to "ON" and you can now use the wireless keyboard.

Setting Up and Using the Keyboard

  • Remove the wireless keyboard from its stand cover and press the "Release" button on the keyboard's surface to unfold the device.

  • Remove the keyboard's battery cover, located above the keys, and insert one AAA battery into the battery compartment. Make sure the battery is inserted correctly with the "+" and "-" signs matching. Close the battery cover.

  • Slide out the metal support bracket on the back of the stand and place the stand on a flat surface. Pull and flip over the stand's upper reflector component and position the reflector upward.

  • Place your Pocket PC/Palm PDA onto the stand with the device's IR port facing upward to transmit signals to the stand's reflector IR port. Your Pocket PC/Palm PDA's screen will rotate 180 degrees. If the rotation doesn't occur, you must activate "Auto rotation" within the device's configuration. Consult your owner's manual for instructions on accessing and changing the configuration.

  • Place the wireless keyboard in front of your Pocket PC/Palm PDA. The keyboard automatically detects IR signals and connects to your Pocket PC/Palm PDA.

  • Press the two "Shift" buttons on the wireless keyboard -- a black arrow symbol appears on your Pocket PC/Palm PDA's tool bar indicating an IR connection between the devices. If the symbol does not appear, place the keyboard closer to your Pocket PC/Palm PDA, or to the left or right of the Pocket PC/Palm PDA, and repeat the step until the connection is made.

Keyboard Configurations

  • Tap "Start" and then click "Wireless PDA Keyboard" if using a Pocket PC, or tap “Wireless PDA Keyboard” icon on your Palm screen to launch the keyboard's configuration program.

  • Tap "Repeat Rate" to change the repeat speed of a key when holding the key down continuously. Tap "Delay Until Repeat" to adjust the delay time from when you hold down a key to the key repeating.

  • Tap "Close Software Keyboard" to disable the wireless keyboard's popup on-screen keyboard feature. This feature displays an on-screen keyboard that shows the keys you are pressing on the wireless keyboard. The feature is only present on Pocket PCs. Click "Yes" to disable the feature.

  • Tap "Sound" to disable or enable keyboard click sounds so each time you press a key on the wireless keyboard, a sound is emitted from your Pocket PC/Palm PDA's speaker. If enabling this feature, you must also enable the feature within your Pocket PC/Palm PDA's hardware-button sound settings. Consult your Pocket PC/Palm PDA's manual for steps on accessing the sound settings on your device.

  • Tap "Disable" to turn off the wireless keyboard when you are finished using it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before installing the keyboard's setup software, you must disable or uninstall any previously installed wireless keyboard software on your system, if you used another wireless keyboard brand with your Pocket PC/Palm PDA. Previously installed software can interfere with the operation of your Belkin keyboard.

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