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Wireless USB dongle working.

Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:22 pm

Just thought I would blow my own trumpet.

I have a USB wifi dongle, based on the zd1211 chipset/firmware.
And, I have plugged in to my Pi, and it connects to my wireless router OK, and gets a DHCP IP address. It took about an hour of messing about - but it works.

I have downloaded some flv files using get_iplayer to my Linux desktop PC, and now I have omxplayer running on the RaspberryPi playing one of those events through the USB wifi.

Pretty cool, as I could use this as part of a media centre rig, as there is no wired ethernet where my TV is located.



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Re: Wireless USB dongle working.

Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:04 pm

I have a zydas zd1211 wireless USB dongle and I have been struggling to get it working.

Initially I used wires to download wpa_supplicant and try and connect to my home wifi network with WPA2. but failed to get anywhere. I am now trying to connect to a standalone Netgear router without encryption.

This is my /etc/network/interfaces file:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
iface etho inet dhcp

auto wlan1
iface wlan1 inet dhcp
essid “NETGEAR”

wlan1 because there is a line in dmesg that says wlan0 has been renamed wlan1.

If I plug in Zd1211 and switch on RPi it keeps trying to get a DHCP connection and fails

If I boot and then plug in ZD1211, if config shows wlan1, but no connection.

If I type sudo iwconfig wlan1 essid “NETGEAR”
it is then up and working.

What is your interfaces file like?

Once I have basic connectivity automated I'll worry about encryption.

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Re: Wireless USB dongle working.

Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:07 pm


sudo apt-get install zd1211-firmware

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Re: Wireless USB dongle working.

Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:23 pm

Just put squeezy back on the card and retried everything - no luck. I'll have to do as you suggest, but I don't remember doing it before. It's a pain as I have to cart everything downstairs to a wired Internet connection. :(
Thanks for advice.


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Re: Wireless USB dongle working.

Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:45 pm

hey guys
im using a TL-WN723N (£10) usb adapter

and i followed these steps here and its working

PS: just to help other members with same problem :geek:

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Re: Wireless USB dongle working.

Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:12 pm

Thanks M2K for that link. I now have my wireless working on wheezy.
I had to load the zd1211 firmware as qasar .es said, but it seemed as if the latest wpa_supplicant was already present.

Here is my interfaces file (with slight edits)
auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto wlan1
iface wlan1 inet dhcp
wireless-essid wirelessessid
wireless-mode managed

wpa-ssid wirelessessid
wpa-psk my-key

You may get away with wlan0. I am not sure why mine keeps on wanting wlan1.


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Re: Wireless USB dongle working.

Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:20 pm

Hi all, this to confirm that I succeded in getting wicd and zd1211-Zydas WiFi USB dongle working on my rasperrypi model B right now.
I'm using 2012-07-15-wheezy-raspbian on my box. The steps I had to follows were:
1) sudo apt-get install zd1211-firmware
2) sudo apt-get install wicd
After fitted the dongle I just lounched wicd and configured the network. During the configuration the system hung apparently so I had to switch it off and reboot. After the new boot everything went on nicely as the box automatically connected to my WiFi network. Obviously the system was set up for autologin after the first initialization. Hope this can help.. cheers

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