Sorry, not sure if this is the right forum for the question.

I have just purchased Rasberry Pi 3 and a wireless keyboard. How do I connect the keyboard to pi during first boot/installation of pi board? Without a keyboard, I can't interact with pi to set up the wireless keyboard!

Do I need a wired keyboard for 1st installation and to connect to wireless keyboard and afterwards I can use the wireless keyboard?

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    Most wireless keyboard has a USB dongle, connect that to the Raspberry Pi. Or perhaps adding more info like keyboard type, wireless technology could increase your chance to get a propper answer. Oct 25, 2020 at 20:00

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You do not need a wired keyboard, presuming the wireless keyboard you have is a standard USB style one. This does not include bluetooth keyboards, which you need to be able to log in and pair. However, you can do that via ssh, if you have another machine you can connect from.


Yes, you need a wired keyboard (and preferrably also a wired mouse) to do the first-time setup.

Later you can set up a wireless (bluetooth-)keyboard.

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    This is false WRT standard USB wireless keyboards. They will work fine on first boot.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 25, 2020 at 19:57
  • Crap, always forget about those.
    – PMF
    Oct 25, 2020 at 20:05

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