Will this $7 WiFi USB dongle work?


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by tommedema » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:18 pm
See: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/m.....ter-106094

I assume $7 is quite cheap, correct?

A $9 alternative is http://www.dealextreme.com/p/u.....pter-54193

How can I find out if this USB WiFi dongle will work with the RPi?
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by jamesh » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:21 pm
tommedema said:


See: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/m.....ter-106094

I assume $7 is quite cheap, correct?

A $9 alternative is http://www.dealextreme.com/p/u.....pter-54193

How can I find out if this USB WiFi dongle will work with the RPi?


Look at the spec, and you can see it says the chipset is a Ralink5370. Now do a search for that +linux. That tells you if there is a Linux driver, the only issue would be does that driver work on Arm. More searching needed. But you get the gist!
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by stormy1 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:42 pm
This one works in Linux and will likely work with the Pi.

I have one on order, should be in next week.

http://www.monoprice.com/produ.....8;format=2

This one has issues in linux and would not likely work:

http://www.monoprice.com/produ.....8;format=2
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by grumpyoldgit » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:49 pm
There is a problem with the first shortcut.
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by stormy1 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:13 pm
trying the first link again:

http://www.monoprice.com/produ.....8;format=2

It is product id: 8073 a search will bring it up if the link don't work.
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by pgrassia » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:35 pm
according to http://forum.doozan.com/read.p.....8#msg-6518 it is included in recent kernels  and works on the dockstar (ARM based although v5 IIRC) .

As most drivers it is an optional component that may or may not be included in the kernel+modules shipped with the raspi.

In theory this is "just" a matter of recompiling the driver (and maybe the kernel with provided patches) but I'm learning the hard way that this is quite an involved process.

HTH

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by stormy1 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:38 pm
stormy1 said:


trying the first link again:

http://www.monoprice.com/produ.....8;format=2

It is product id: 8073 a search will bring it up if the link don"t work.



one last time!!!!

http://www.monoprice.com/produ.....8;format=2
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by Steady_Bear » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:11 pm
Been using Linux for 10 years and there is only one thing I can say to 'Will this work on…'

Wait until someone can say 'YES' to your specific problem, and is willing to walk you through the process.

Working under Linux doesn't always mean it will work for you, and certainly does not mean it will work under another architecture. Your best bet is to be patient and wait. There will be plenty of cheap offers once you have your Raspberry Pi and other more proficient Linux users can do all the work to find what does and doesn't go well with Pi (cream or custard?).

I will also take this opportunity to say, once you have the Pi running, then hard plugging it into a network and SSHing in with X-Deep/32 under Windows or your standard setup on a Linux box should be a doddle. This allows you to place the Pi next to the router and almost forget about it. No spare monitor or keyboard required (I'll post a howto on this later if no one else has and the demand exists).

Edit: Should also mention here, that the login is a full graphical one, not just a terminal.
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by rasbeer » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:32 pm
Steady_Bear wrote:Been using Linux for 10 years and there is only one thing I can say to 'Will this work on…'

Wait until someone can say 'YES' to your specific problem, and is willing to walk you through the process.

Looks like this is now the case for the RT5370 chipset (see esp N.B. para at the top :) )
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by timothy3592 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:43 pm
I have that one. It came with a cdrom that has source for the driver. You can install the kernel headers for your kernel via apt-get and then make the module on your own. If your's does not come with the cd I have one, although I happen to be away from my home for a few days anyway, I can tarball and upload the source that came with the dongle sometime tuesday. This seems like a popular wifi dongle it would be useful to see if it compiles for arm, and also, if other people have drivers, consider uploading the source.
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by timothy3592 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:52 pm
wait, I have it on my Wheezy partition, I just uploaded it to mediafire, and here it is http://www.mediafire.com/?oweojvfbemm60pr.
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