I bought a Raspberry Pi model B+ starter kit yesterday.


It came with a full-size USB keyboard, mouse, Wi-Fi Dongle, 4 port USB powered hub, HDMI cable, and standard USB cable and an 8GB sdcard containing NOOBS.

I set it up today, which was dead easy, but to be honest having all the wired hardware (keyboard & mouse, HDMI cable and power cable) plugged in, made the tiny Raspberry Pi board a little messy.

My solution: one Bluetooth dongle + the Ranger Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.


I was going to do a review on this incredible keyboard/mouse/pointer and then remembered I did a review on it a year ago. (See the link above).

It was easy to install. I started by ensuring I had an up-to-date RPi by running the following commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

After a few hundred lines of updates and everything was updated, I ran the following:

sudo apt-get install bluetooth bluez-utils blueman bluez python-gobject python-gobject-2

This installed a Bluetooth suite of tools in the desktop gui. (For a detailed explanation of this command and what it offers, check out this post over at thepihut.com). All I did was substitute my keyboard details, where he was using a phone. The principal is exactly the same.

Now my Ranger keyboard and mouse runs my Raspberry Pi wirelessly and effortlessly, and it all looks a lot more tidy.

My next challenge is to use my Samsung Galaxy Tab S as the monitor wirelessly…