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Which wifi "out of the box " for Pi2

Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:51 pm

Hi Guys,

So, here I am trying to get Pi2 to go WIFI, but i notice my TP link TL WN725 doesn't seem to work on kernels above 3.12? was it. I think I read somewhere it wasn't going to be supported any more :(. The pi2 is 3.18.

So what dongle can we use out of the box for pi2. Or what alternatives are there for simple minded folk such as me, that are easily installed without too much coding?


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Re: Which wifi "out of the box " for Pi2

Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:10 pm

I bought my RPi from Canakit, with the wifi dongle. They sell the same dongle separately:
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Re: Which wifi "out of the box " for Pi2

Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:25 pm

The safest option is to go to a good Pi specialist and buy one sold for the Pi. It will invariably contain either an RTL8188CUS or an RT5370 chipset. I've bought cheap ones off ebay that work, but getting ones with the requisite chipsets is getting to be something of a lottery. The brands and model mean very little these days because manufacturers change the chipset without notification, most of 'em go to the Windoze brigade and provided the included driver disk has the right Windows driver few will notice.
The classic brand and model is the Edimax EW-7811UN which has an RTL8188CUS chipset. I haven't seen any reports that they have changed the chipset yet, but they do very similarly numbered adaptors with different chipsets.
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Re: Which wifi "out of the box " for Pi2

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:11 pm


no problem using rtl8188cus based USB adapter (3$ on eBay).
The cheapest 2.5$ adapter I've received had MediaTek chip. I had to compile driver myself. Source found by googling.


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