How to connect a wireless bluetooth keyboard to the nokia n800 and n810

However good the on-screen keyboard of the N800 or the built-in keyboard of the N810 are, nothing can ever completely replace the speed and accuracy of a real full-size keyboard. Well, the N800 and N810 are actually compatible with many real full-size keyboards!

Keyboards that work with the N800 and N810 have to be wireless and use a standard called Bluetooth HID, but this is the standard that most wireless keyboards use anyway, so it's not difficult to find a compatible model. There's a suitable Nokia branded keyboard called the SU-8W, but you can use non-Nokia keyboards too, as long as they're Bluetooth HID compatible.

In case you're wondering why anyone would want to use a keyboard with something as portable as an Internet Tablet, the answer is that many Bluetooth keyboards are just as portable. Many of them, such as the SU-8W, fold up into something about the same size and weight as the tablet itself. You can see an example of this in the video above.

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How to use a Bluetooth keyboard with your N800 or N810

Once you've got the keyboard and Internet Tablet paired, you can start using them together!

To connect the keyboard to the Internet Tablet, simply switch it on (and perhaps press a few keys). The tablet should connect to the keyboard within a few seconds, and you'll know it's connected because its Bluetooth logo (an angular "B" in the top row of status icons) will start to glow blue.

After connection, whenever you have to enter text on the N800 you will be able to do it with the Bluetooth keyboard. However, it's important to remember to select the area where you want to enter the text before you start typing (for example if you want to search Google, click the Google search text box before typing in your search terms).

You can switch the keyboard on and off whenever you like, it will always be able to re-connect automatically. You can also continue to use the touchscreen just as before.

More than just typing

You can use the keyboard for far more than just entering text. For example when you're viewing a website the arrow keys will let you scroll around the screen. Single presses of the arrow keys will jump from one link to the next, holding the arrow keys down will scroll the page.

You can also control most of the N800's functions from your keyboard without touching the screen, by using things called Keyboard Shortcuts. They're a particular combination of keys that you press in order to do a particular task on the N800

To see what the current shortcuts are, and to alter them (which you may have to do if your keyboard doesn't have the keys used in the shortcuts) do the following:

  1. Click on the Applications menu (the green squares on the left)
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Control Panel
  4. Double click on Bluetooth Keyboard
  5. Click on the Shortcuts tab in the top right hand corner of the Bluetooth Keyboard box.
  6. If you want to alter a shortcut, select the one you want to alter.
  7. Click on Edit
  8. Using your Bluetooth keyboard, press the combination of keys you want to use for the shortcut you're currently editing.
  9. Click on OK
  10. Click on OK

If you alter the shortcuts to your liking, you should be able to easily control most of the things the tablet does entirely from your keyboard, without having to use the touchscreen at all. You can always still use the touchscreen if you want to though.

How to change the keyboard country layout

Different countries usually use different layouts of keyboards, and even a single model of Bluetooth keyboard can have many different layouts depending on where you buy it.

If the letters on your keyboard don't match the letters that appear when you type, it may be that the N800's keyboard country settings are wrong.

This is very easy to correct, just go to the Bluetooth Keyboard settings box as described above, and select the appropriate keyboard settings from the dropdown Keyboard Layout menu.