When using a new wireless keyboard, one of the first things you will need to do is determine what type of connection mode it has. There are two main types of connections used in keyboards- touchpad connections and mouse link connections.
Touchpad connections use special software or apps that recognize the connected computer as having a touchscreen surface. Users can then manipulate the settings and features of the app by doing so directly through the connected device.
Mouse link connections work slightly differently than normal mice. Rather than using regular buttons, these have modes such as up down left right clickable areas.
Compatible connection types
Most computer keyboards have at least one of two connections that enable you to attach your wireless keyboard. These are called back-to-back or input/output (I/O) mode and hot-spot or sync mode.
In I/O mode, the wireless keyboard connects directly with the laptop or desktop device it is being used with via a cable connector. This is the most common type of wireless connectivity because it works immediately without any configurations needed!
In sync mode, however, the connected device must be able to accept syncs from other devices for the wireless connection to work properly. For this to happen, the device needs to be set up as a “sync source” or “master” which then can be picked up by another device that has been configured as a “slave” or “remoted slave.”
There are some laptops and desktops that cannot perform this kind of sync in the default state so if this is the case for yours, you will need to find out what model number your device has and do some research online about how to change its settings.
Test your connection
It’s very important to test your wireless keyboard before using it with any computer. Press both of the main navigation buttons (the ones along the top that have “Menu,” “Back,” and “Home” displayed under them) at the same time as you would normally press them on your computer to make sure they work.
These are called command-level tests, and most keyboards will have either one or two of these! If you can easily perform this test then great, your keyboard works and you don’t need to do anything else. But if not, then continue reading!
What is the difference between a touch type keyboard and no touch-type keyboard?
A touch type keyboard has additional key features like backlighting, media controls, or even trackpad-style functions. These are not needed for someone who already uses a regular old wired keyboard and mouse so definitely check out whether or not those things are available before buying.