purelife
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What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:19 pm

I don't have a long enough ethernet cable for internet.

bredman
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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:17 pm

There are lots of verified devices at
http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals

My personal favourite at the moment is
dx.com/p/120933 (warning: delivery takes approx 3 weeks but is free)
Some people have reported that this type of device works on Raspbian without needing any extra drivers.

Remember that you will have to configure security if you have security enabled on your WiFi network, but other than that there should be very little effort required..

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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:29 pm

Take a look at an Asus USB-N10 EZ Wireless-N USB Adapter.

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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:30 pm

Is it one of those Wifi-Sticks that need extra power from another USB-hub or can it run on the Pi's power?

Other than that it seems like a great little thing, and its so cheap too!

:)

EDIT: Im referring to bredmans post!

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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:37 pm

The Asus USB-N10 is a tiny little USB device that uses the Pi power.

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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:39 pm

In the wiki somebody says that it will run direct from the RPi. However, the fuses on each board can vary widely, so this could just be a lucky coincidence.

If you REALLY want to run a WiFi device from the RPi USB port, you can (carefuly) short the USB fuse with solder or a tiny piece of aluminium foil. This will void your warranty of course.

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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:01 pm

After trying unsuccessfully with a no-name usb dongle on rasberian wheezy I tried an 'edimax' off ebay:
"EDIMAX EW-7811UN WIRELESS 802.11 B/G/N 150MBPS NANO USB ADAPTER" and it works fine.

I used MrEngman's automatic set-up script mentioned in this thread:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... &start=550

Jim

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Re: What WIFI device is best for Pi?

Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:53 pm

The Edimax above works brilliantly and it doesn't stick out much so no mechanical worries. :)

The auto install script just works on Raspbian :)

Unless you need to save £5 after many hours of searching - just get it :)

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