QBraille XL - Initial Connection to a Windows 10 Computer with JAWS via Bluetooth (Video and Written Steps)


Step 1: Connect QBraille XL to Computer

  • Power on the QBraille XL.
  • From the QBraille, open Connectivity by pressing the letter C.
  • If you are given the option to choose between USB and Bluetooth, press space to change the setting to Bluetooth Braille.
  • If the message on the display says terminal mode, press Pair with F1 to begin pairing with Bluetooth.
  • The braille should read “Pairing Mode Brailleedge” with some numbers following that matches the serial number of the unit.
  • From the computer, navigate to “Bluetooth & Other Devices”
  • Ensure Bluetooth is set to “On”
  • Click “Add Bluetooth or other device”
  • Click “Bluetooth…”
  • From the list of discoverable items, scroll down to “Braille Edge…”. Please note that the device will display as a Braille Edge within Windows.
  • Click or press Enter on “Pair”. Windows will notify you during the setup process and when your device is “ready to go”.
  • *if asked to enter a pass code, enter “0000” without the quotation marks.


Step 2: Setup Jaws

  • Open JAWS
  • Open the Braille dialog box found under “Options” (JAWS Shortcut keys: Alt, O, L).
  • Move to “Add Braille Display” by tabbing.
  • From the list of braille displays, choose “Braille Edge” by placing a checkmark in the associated checkbox.
  • Set the “output port” to Bluetooth by selecting a COM port using your keyboard arrows to change the selection in the dropdown.
  • Press Enter to move to the next screen.
  • Set the “Primary Device” to Braille Edge by using your keyboard arrows to change the selection in the dropdown.
  • Press Enter to save your settings.
  • Press Enter to close the dialog box stating you must restart JAWS.
  • Close JAWS with Alt + F4


Step 3: Pair the Braille Keyboard to JAWS

  • If necessary, power on the QBraille and navigate to connectivity and choose Bluetooth Braille as described above.
  • Launch JAWS


Step 4: Pairing the QWERTY Keys

The QBraille consists of two separate keyboards; the standard Perkins keyboard that provides the normal 6-key entry, and the QWERTY keyboard that acts like a standard QWERTY keyboard, allowing you to use normal keystrokes. The following steps connect the QWERTY modifier and command keys to your computer.

  • From the QBraille, and with the braille connection already established with JAWS, press Pair + F7 to start a new QWERTY connection.
  • From the computer, navigate to “Bluetooth & Other Devices”
  • Ensure Bluetooth is set to “On”
  • Click “Add Bluetooth or other device”
  • Click “Bluetooth…”
  • From the list of discoverable items, scroll down to “QBraille…”
  • Click or press enter on “Pair”. Windows will notify you during the setup process and when your device is “ready to go”.
  • *If asked to enter a pass code, enter “0000”.


Turning Hybrid Mode On

  • Press the Mode Key to toggle Hybrid Mode On and Off. This only works when the QBraille Bluetooth connection has been made (Step 4) or when connected via USB.

The QBraille XL has two separate modes; Hybrid Mode On, and Hybrid Mode Off. When Hybrid Mode is off, then the QBraille acts the same as any other braille display. You will use the Perkins keyboard for navigation, commands, and typing.

When Hybrid Mode is turned on, the QBraille will act as a QWERTY keyboard. This means that navigation will be handled with the arrow keys and tab, and you can use the common keyboard commands directly from the QBraille.

To illustrate, when Hybrid Mode is turned on and you want to close an application, you can press Alt + F4. With Hybrid Mode off this keyboard command will not work.


Troubleshooting

One of the most common issues that people face when connecting a braille device to a computer with Bluetooth is knowing which COM Port to select. If you find that your QBraille is not displaying braille after the initial setup then it is likely that you have chosen the wrong COM Port. Use the following instructions on how to determine the proper COM Port when setting up your device.

  • From your computer, open the control panel
  • In the search field, type “bluetooth”
  • From the results, click on “Change Bluetooth settings”
  • From the Bluetooth settings dialog box, navigate to the tab for “COM Ports”
  • Under the COM Ports tab, take note of which Outgoing COM Port is being used for the “Braille Edge…”. It will also say “Bluetooth Serial Port” as part of the name.
  • If necessary, open JAWS
  • Open the braille dialog box found under “Options”.
  • Click on “Modify Settings”.
  • Use the dropdown to choose the proper output port.
  • Click OK, the click OK again to close the Braille Settings dialog box.
  • Restart JAWS.

If changing the COM Port does not address your issue, contact support by email at support@hims-inc.com or call 512-837-2000 and choose extension 1 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm Central.

Last updated on April 6, 2021