Wi-fi/Bluetooth combo dongle


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by sonofskywalker3 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:53 am
Has anyone tried using a Wi-fi/Bluetooth combo dongle with the Raspberry Pi model B? I'm looking for something low profile that will operate without a powered hub. Trying my best to make it fully wireless except for the power and video so I can mount it to the back of a TV and use a bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo, and a usb hard drive for video/music storage.
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by paulr227 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:40 pm
I am successfully using the following Planex combo Bluetooth / Wifi dongle without problem with my model B Raspberry Pi.

http://www.amazon.com/PLANEX-Bluetooth3-0-IEEE802-11n-corresponding-BT-Micro3H2X/dp/B00644FV14

I am using both Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and Wifi (wpa supplicant with static IP). The only cables to my Raspberry Pi are the power supply and HDMI display cables.

I'd recommend both a USB keyboard and mouse at hand when first getting devices paired - they may not actually be required, but I still found them helpful.

Once installed all devices are recognised properly on startup and no special action is required before using them - well the keyboard usually requires a couple of taps to wakeup at the initial login prompt, but nothing other than that.

I bought my dongle in Japan, though I'm assuming there is no difference with the one being offered by Amazon in the link. The model numbers are the same.

For reference I am running Raspian Wheezy. Some other details:

Processor : ARMv6-compatible processor rev 7 (v6l)
BogoMIPS : 697.95
Features : swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp java tls
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant : 0x0
CPU part : 0xb76
CPU revision : 7

Hardware : BCM2708
Revision : 000f
Serial : 000000001d5ce442

--
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 2019:1201 PLANEX
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Device Descriptor:
bLength 18
bDescriptorType 1
bcdUSB 2.00
bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level)
bDeviceSubClass 0
bDeviceProtocol 0
bMaxPacketSize0 64
idVendor 0x2019 PLANEX
idProduct 0x1201
bcdDevice 2.00
iManufacturer 1
iProduct 2
iSerial 3

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Device Descriptor:
bLength 18
bDescriptorType 1
bcdUSB 2.00
bDeviceClass 224 Wireless
bDeviceSubClass 1 Radio Frequency
bDeviceProtocol 1 Bluetooth
bMaxPacketSize0 64
idVendor 0x0a12 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd
idProduct 0x0001 Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
bcdDevice 68.17
iManufacturer 0
iProduct 2
iSerial 0

--

Requesting information ...
BD Address: 00:22:48:85:0D:26
Device Name: Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000
LMP Version: 2.0 (0x3) LMP Subversion: 0x31c
Manufacturer: Broadcom Corporation (15)
Features: 0xbc 0x02 0x04 0x38 0x08 0x00 0x00 0x00
<encryption> <slot offset> <timing accuracy> <role switch>
<sniff mode> <RSSI> <power control> <enhanced iscan>
<interlaced iscan> <interlaced pscan> <AFH cap. slave>

Requesting information ...
BD Address: 00:02:76:16:F6:61
Device Name: Kensington SlimBlade Trackball Mouse
LMP Version: 1.2 (0x2) LMP Subversion: 0x229
Manufacturer: Broadcom Corporation (15)
Features: 0xbc 0x02 0x04 0x38 0x08 0x00 0x00 0x00
<encryption> <slot offset> <timing accuracy> <role switch>
<sniff mode> <RSSI> <power control> <enhanced iscan>
<interlaced iscan> <interlaced pscan> <AFH cap. slave>
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by bgirardot » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:59 pm
Thank you for the info. I added it to the verified peripherals list on the wiki as well. looks like the first one on that list.
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by claykopter » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:06 pm
Hey All,

I just wanted to add that I purchased the Cirago BTA7300 which looks to be the same (just rebranded) as the dongle listed above in this thread.

The Cirago seems to work just fine after getting everything installed -- and is actually in stock at amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Cirago-Bluetooth- ... pd_cp_pc_1 )

I hope this helps someone out! I'd add it to the wiki myself but I don't have an account and registrations are currently closed.

Thanks a lot!

- Clay
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by alui0000 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:27 pm
This is helpful. I was just thinking about picking up a BTA7300. Thanks!
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by bgirardot » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:35 am
claykopter wrote:Hey All,

I just wanted to add that I purchased the Cirago BTA7300 which looks to be the same (just rebranded) as the dongle listed above in this thread.

The Cirago seems to work just fine after getting everything installed -- and is actually in stock at amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Cirago-Bluetooth- ... pd_cp_pc_1 )

I hope this helps someone out! I'd add it to the wiki myself but I don't have an account and registrations are currently closed.

Thanks a lot!

- Clay

Added it into the wiki. Thank you very much!
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by FiZ » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:51 am
I've recently obtained a rasberry pi model B (raspbian wheezy installed) with the BTA7300 wifi/bluetooth dongle, but I'm not sure how to get the dongle working. How do I install drivers for it? (I've really searched all I can, and this is the only page I can find about it and raspberry pi)
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by Cloudcentric » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:20 am
It is recommended to install Bluez Bluetooth software stack see the last post in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=66&t=14925
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by AcidOverride » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:13 am
Shot in the dark, but has anyone ever paired one of these to wireless speakers?!
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by kumar303 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:09 pm
For the info of others, I have not been able to connect to wifi using the Cirago BTA7300 dongle. I have not tried Bluetooth yet. This could be power related but I've tried a couple different supplies and have tried with a powered hub, no luck. I see errors like this in the startup log:

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ioctl[SIOCSIWAP]: Operation not permitted

After more fiddling, I also see
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No DHCPOFFERS received.
but I couldn't get it working with a manual config either. Using my same DHCP config, I was able to successfully connect to wifi using a Tenda W311M USB dongle and from what I understand that thing is very power hungry so I'm not sure if my Cirago issue is power related or not. My raspbian version:

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Linux raspberrypi 3.6.11+ #371 PREEMPT Thu Feb 7 16:31:35 GMT 2013 armv6l GNU/Linux
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by magoldsm » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:55 pm
For what its worth, I *have* gotten the WiFi to work (haven't tried the BT section, yet).

When I first tried it with a recommended power supply, the system was flaky. I swapped the PS for a 10 Watt unit (the size you'd use with an iPad) and everything was stable from then on.

Good Luck!

Michael
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by MarkF » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:52 pm
The Lindy USB Bluetooth & HS WLAN 11n Combo Adapter appears to be the same product as the Planex and Cirago and is available in Europe. I got mine from here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lindy-Bluetooth ... uctDetails). Wifi worked out-of-the-box with Raspbian Wheezy and Raspbmc. The bluetooth worked with Raspbian once bluetooth, bluez-utils, and blueman were installed.
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by AlanCart » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:30 pm
I have gotten the bluetooth working on the cirago bta7300 by installing bluez but I can't find drivers for the wifi radio. For those of you that got it working, what did you use? I thought installing the Realtek drivers would get it working since thats what it seems they are installing in the manual for the dongle. Any help would be appreciated, wifi is the last thing on my to-do list to get all this up and running.


thanks

Running:
Adafruit's Occidentals
Powering RPi with iPad charger.
Cirago BT7300 plugged in to powered usb hub.
Using apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
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by Flaschengeist » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:23 pm
MarkF wrote:The Lindy USB Bluetooth & HS WLAN 11n Combo Adapter [...]worked out-of-the-box with Raspbian Wheezy and Raspbmc.



Can you give me some hints on that? What do you exactly mean by "out of the box"? ...trying to get it running:
Raspberry Pi, model B, ver. 1
Lindy USB Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Adapter
Raspbian Wheezy and/or RaspBMC

I just cannot establish a wifi connection. There are so many (different) tutorials out there, maybe I'm just confused which one to use. Maybe you can point me to the right direction?!

Thanks in advance!
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by Cloudcentric » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:44 pm
If you are using the latest Raspbian "wheezy" http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

After configuring and rebooting and logging in, type at the command line, press enter key after each entry

lsusb

..if the USB devices have been recognised then carry on

sudo su
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
sync
reboot

After rebooting and logging in, type at the command line, press enter key after each entry

bluez
bluez-firmware
blueman
bluez-utils
bluez-tools

Then type exit and press enter key
Then type startx and press enter key

On the Desktop double click on the Wifi Cofig icon and configure wireless settings..
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by Flaschengeist » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:16 am
oh well - and once again: you need a good power supply. Looks like mine is not good (enough). It runs the raspi but the usb dongle did not work. That's why asked for better instructions. Using a powered hub solves my problems.
Thank you.
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by Dlpolanco » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:59 pm
Does it support "access point" / "master mode"?

To determine, use:
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iw list

Seen here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=19120

It would really be cool if it did! But I'm not getting my hopes up.

Thanks,
Dan
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by kumar303 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:43 pm
kumar303 wrote:For the info of others, I have not been able to connect to wifi using the Cirago BTA7300 dongle.


Update: I have my wifi working with the Cirago dongle. I can only get it to work when specifying the SSID/password in /etc/network/interfaces like this:

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auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp

wpa-ssid "{{ wifi_ssid }}"
wpa-psk "{{ wifi_password }}"
wpa-debug-level 3


I cannot get it to work with /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf for some unknown reason.
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by lmayorga » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:12 pm
Hi,

I did proceed with adding the configuration on the /etc/network/interfaces file.

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wpa-ssid "{{ wifi_ssid }}"
wpa-psk "{{ wifi_password }}"
wpa-debug-level 3


This works like a charm. Now to set the bluetooth for my keyboard.
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by Dhunt9080 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:22 am
Can someone please specify how they got the Cirago working with wifi and bluetooth? I bought the Cirago because i read on this forum that it worked and now that i actually just got my pi with the dongle and im trying to use my bluetooth keyboard and connect to wifi i cant do either. Then i just found out .exe's arent executable on linux (which im new to if you havent already noticed). This is by far the biggest headace and not a great first experience with linux having to constantly switch my heavy gaming mouse and keyboard from my windows pc to try and find answers so any help would be greatly appreciated!
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by dclark61 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:54 pm
I just got one yesterday, plugged it in and the WiFi works fine, haven't tried the Bluetooth yet.

I'm running Raspbian. The dongle draws a good amount of current, so you may want to try it with a powered USB hub (that's what I'm doing).
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by uaruss » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:00 am
I'm able to get both the wifi and bluetooth working -- but not at the same time. I'm using this in a powered hub. I had previously installed an Airlink 101 wifi adapter which works great... However, I'd love to be able to have both wifi and bluetooth at the same time using the Cirago.

Have others experienced this? Any solutions?

Thanks!
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by basus » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:30 pm
I've been considering getting the Cirago dongle as well. I plan on using Adafruit's 5.25V adaptor which seems to have worked for others. I'm wondering if people had any issues using it with Arch Linux? I'd rather use that over Raspbian.
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by 68CGR » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:06 pm
I have the cirago bta7300 configured for bluetooth, but cannot get the rpi to see the wireless at all. As far as it is concerned, there is no wlan0
I am new to linux and the rpi, and getting nowhere, with searching for the proper steps.
Can someone please tell me what the proper wireless driver/firmware is, for the bta7300? And specifically, what do I need to do to get the rpi to see it? I have gone through about a dozen so called guides, but none have any reference as to what to do when the rpi doesn't see the adaptor. I have seen several pages where someone else asked this same question, but not one answer for the question.
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by Nstockard » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:09 pm
@claykopter

How did you get the cirago to work? I can't get cirago to connect to wifi much less the bluetooth.
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