Magic keyboard off switch - just turns off bluetooth?

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  1. TheCopywriter macrumors newbie

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    I want to use the magic keyboard as a wired one. If I plug up the usb charging cable then turn it off using the hardware switch, would this make it usb only? Also, would this eventually "overcharge" the keyboard and damage the battery?
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    It wouldn't overcharge and damage the battery so no worries there it also won't provide any advantage over using it with bluetooth so I can't see any good reason to do it.
     
  3. TheCopywriter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Reason is bluetooth is not secure. People can sniff the traffic.
     
  4. kazibole macrumors member

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    The on/off switch will completely shut off the keyboard even when wired (i.e. with the switch off the keyboard will not function at all). With the keyboard wired I do not think it communicates over bluetooth - my system report shows Paired: Yes, Connected: No under Bluetooth Devices.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Ehhh... Bluetooth is pretty low power, and doesn't need much range. Someone would have to be within about 30 feet (and that would be stretching it) to "sniff the traffic"

    That's unlikely enough to the point of absurdity.
     
  6. TheCopywriter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Could you test it for me by turning off bluetooth on your mac and trying it wired? I would greatly appreciate it!
     
  7. kazibole macrumors member

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    I just tried that, the keyboard still works.
     
  8. TheCopywriter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!!
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    Is it possible to disable bluetooth only for that device or does it have to be system wide?
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Delete the pairing for the keyboard.
    System Preferences/Bluetooth, delete your keyboard from the device list.
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Wow you really must be doing something hush hush, either that or you have paranoia issues that should probably be treated.
     
  11. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    Why is this any different than not wanting a keyboard logger on your machine? We protect ourselves in coffee shops by not using their unsecured public wifi. Why not just refrain from commenting rather than say he has issues that should be treated?
     
  12. TheCopywriter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sssshhh I work for the NSA
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    Exactly! If you live in an apartment 30 feet could include a lot of people.
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Then you realize that nothing that you do will be hidden, all is lost...
     

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