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Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:59 am

Just wanted to make a quick post to say that Maplin are selling a £9.99 USB wifi dongle which works out of the box for the Pi - just follow the usual process (for Raspian) of editing /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/wpa.conf and you're away. I'm no linux expert by any stretch but I got it working in < 10 mins so if anyone's looking for a cheap wifi dongle solution, give it a try :) It's Maplin cat number A71LB

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:49 am

Can you run lsusb at the command prompt and let us know what it says? Be interesting to know what chipset its using :)

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:57 am

I could only find this one: http://www.maplin.co.uk/wireless-54mbps ... ptor-45095. Have you got a specific link or is this it? It's £15 (and pretty huge).

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:07 am

Put Nano USB in the Maplins search.

Although the prices are higher. ;)
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:35 am

Nope. That search gives nothing that matches the OP's catalogue number (A71LB). Obviously, I would like to be sure it is the same one as I would like to be sure it will work properly...

Oh incidentally, N150 is used by Edimax, Netgear, Belkin, TP-Link, Sitecom (and others I imagine) in their product names. I wonder if this relates to the wireless chipset?

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:43 am

Nano usb search

http://www.maplin.co.uk/search?criteria=nano+usb

Search expanded to have wireless and N150

http://www.maplin.co.uk/search?criteria ... 0+nano+usb

A71LB may have been an error or a last of stock product
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:51 pm

Thanks Jim, I can search Maplin...! :lol:

The real question is which ones are compatible?

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:02 pm

That prompts the look here message. ;)

http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals

At that point you know as much as I do. :D
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:05 pm

I think this one is going in Maplin's "Pi bundle":
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter

They refer to it as a N150 (but note it's not the same chipset as a Netear N150) and it does work out of the box.

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[email protected] ~ $ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
arc4                    1187  2
rt2800usb              12069  0
rt2800lib              47242  1 rt2800usb
crc_ccitt               1465  1 rt2800lib
rt2x00usb              11075  1 rt2800usb
rt2x00lib              41077  3 rt2x00usb,rt2800lib,rt2800usb
mac80211              236178  3 rt2x00lib,rt2x00usb,rt2800lib
cfg80211              171957  2 mac80211,rt2x00lib
Latest rpi-firmware firmware and wicd results in a pretty easy setup. (Works best if wifi dongle is plugged in when wicd is first run).

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:11 pm

What's the maplin code for that one Dom? ;)

Oh and what is wicd?
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:26 pm

It is indeed the RT5370 - it's a real tiny thumbnail of a unit. I'll have a nose on the Maplin website and see if I can find the link.

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:29 pm

Hmmm, I can't find the exact unit, but it's pretty much any of the N150 units listed there in terms of form factor. It wasn't even on special offer in my local store!

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:34 pm

Jim JKla wrote:What's the maplin code for that one Dom? ;)
Sorry don't know that.
Jim JKla wrote:Oh and what is wicd?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicd

Although wicd has now fallen out of favour. It has rather a high memory/CPU usage.
wpagui is the new favourite for the next image.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wpa_supplicant

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:15 pm

"edimax N150" are often just called N150

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Seems to be back up to £19.99 at maplin, but:

at amazon @ £9.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-EW-7811U ... B003MTTJOY

and ebuyer @ £9.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/220220-edimax-wir ... -ew-7811un
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:48 am

I Picked up a Laptone N150 dongle from play.com £6.99, also on amazon and it works perfectly, had it streaming youtube for 4 hours straight alongside the wireless receiver for keys and mouse. (Raspbmc Rc4) It got a tiny bit warm and worked well but I think the 700ma power supply gave me a few lag problems on keypresses, need more power I think.

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:33 am

Hi DrMistry,

I'm a Newbie to RPi... so I do apologies.

Following your useful post I'm managed to buy the £9.99 USB wifi dongle from Maplin but am struggling to edit the /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/wpa.conf files.

Are you able to post an example config or point me in the right direction?

Many thanks,

PJ
DrMistry wrote:Just wanted to make a quick post to say that Maplin are selling a £9.99 USB wifi dongle which works out of the box for the Pi - just follow the usual process (for Raspian) of editing /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/wpa.conf and you're away. I'm no linux expert by any stretch but I got it working in < 10 mins so if anyone's looking for a cheap wifi dongle solution, give it a try :) It's Maplin cat number A71LB

Best regards,
Dr Mistry

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:15 pm

I bought this yesterday from my local maplin store

http://www.maplin.co.uk/n150-nano-usb-w ... ter-681507

I used the wpa_gui program from the desktop to scan for networks and connect.

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:18 pm

I also see in the output of dmesg this

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[   26.162473] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.16
[   26.164807] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[   26.164825] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[   26.164837] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[   26.164883] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[   26.214097] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[   26.214124] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast
Does this mean the device can do bluetooth as well?

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:22 am

Just a quick note to say I got an N150, code A71LB, from my local Maplin (Cambridge Beehive Centre), for £9.99, and it works a treat, even plugged straight in to an old "polyfused" model B. For reference, lsusb gives it as:

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Bus 001 Device 004: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter
and the simplest thing which got it working was just to edit /etc/network/interfaces, like this -

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auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    wpa-ssid MyNetworkSSID
    wpa-psk supersecretpassword
Note that this makes the Wifi password readable by all users; if this isn't OK in your application then you'll need to go down the wpa_supplicant.conf route.
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:40 am

Update: my WiFi connection dropped after a couple of days, with this appearing in /var/log/daemon.log :

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Mar 12 19:50:50 raspberrypi wpa_supplicant[1084]: wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=f8:d1:11:84:ce:32 reason=4
Mar 12 19:50:50 raspberrypi ifplugd(wlan0)[1053]: Link beat lost.
Mar 12 19:51:00 raspberrypi ifplugd(wlan0)[1053]: Executing '/etc/ifplugd/ifplugd.action wlan0 down'.
So, reason=4 is "disconnected due to activity". The suggested fix from t'Internet is:

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sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off
which turns power-saving off. This appears to have greatly reduced the ping time - I'll keep you all posted if it fixes the reliability issue.
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:11 am

Seems like this is the same dongle for a third of the price: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310559436188

Doesn't say which chipset but as long as its not more RTL8188CUS rubbish (which interferes with analog/usb audio) then i'm interested.

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:10 pm

IanH wrote:Update: my WiFi connection dropped after a couple of days,
...
I'll keep you all posted if it fixes the reliability issue.
Just for information: It dropped out a couple more times over the following few days, and I've not been able to find out why. I've switched to a TP-Link TL-WN821N, which has so far been trouble-free.
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:05 pm

I just bought this N150 Nano dongle but I cannot get it to work.
I turned on my PI then logged on. I then plugged the N150 dongle in to the PI then it ran through some code (Which I presumed was installing the drivers) it then eventually went back to the raspnerrypi login prompt and hung.
Plugging it in after the graphical user session (startx) didn't work either...

Please help...

GG


but when I powered it up it just ran some code (Which I thought was installing the drivers) then rolled through endless

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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:09 pm

Please post the output from running a
lsusb
command so we can see what chip your N150 device is using.

Have you tried the wpa_gui program to configure your network? There's a link to it from the flying animal logo on the Raspbian desktop. It normally just needs network SSID and network password to "just work".
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Re: Maplin N150 Nano Wifi USB Dongle

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:18 pm

Sorry but how do I 'post the output from running a
lsusb'?

and I have no idea what the 'wpa_gui' is...

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