mrteach
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Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:49 am

Alright so after buying a crap wifi nano usb adapter I'm wondering what is the best one you are using.
So I bought a cheap e-bay one ($3-4) its a rt5370. It works 'okay' close to the router, but still is slow in comparison to another larger non-nano sized wifi usb adapter I have which is a rtl8187 works well. This is all on a g network

The rt5370 I bought looks like this Image
I was getting 6.5mB/s when I was 2-3 meters away (with walls in between) which is terrible and lots of lag.
The link connection is usually 40/70 or 50/70

The rtl8187 i have looks like this Image.
It is much bigger (I switched the antenna to a normal stick one). I am getting a 36mB/s with this one from the same location.
Very strong connection on this one (perhaps because of the antenna (70/70 always).

So I ordered a RTL8188CUS one to see how it is.
Image
so I have to wait for it to arrive.

I was wondering what you guys have and what your connect speed is and connection strength is.

One i'm wondering about the rt5370 with an antenna. is it much faster? because even when its close the connection speed varies a lot from 6.5 - 80 mB/s and usually stays at 6.5mB/s even at close range....

mrteach
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:13 am

just got my second wifi adapter and it is SO much better. Its the RTL8188CUS

I'm getting 99/100 link and 150mbps. signal is 67/100

However still slower than the rtl8187 with antenna.

mrteach
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:42 am

Using a realtek 8191SU and I'm getting 92/100 link and 150mbps. signal is 99/100
It is a patriot wifi usb N
Image

Signal quality is better then the previous one, it is about the size of a flash drive. Works pretty well.

I think the rt5370 is the worse one (so far in my tests). I haven't tried one with an antenna, but I don't think it would make a difference.

I recommend realtek over ralink.

wildbill001
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:15 am

Did you do anything special to get the RT8191 adapter to work? I just received one I got from eBay and my Raspbmc does not seem to recognize it.

Thanks.

Bill W

mrteach
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:43 am

wildbill001 wrote:Did you do anything special to get the RT8191 adapter to work? I just received one I got from eBay and my Raspbmc does not seem to recognize it.

Thanks.

Bill W
No I was just using wheezy image. perhaps you can take the driver off that.

wildbill001
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:05 am

Just got it working but I did do an apt-get firmware-realtek on the Rasbmc image. Rasbian seemed to have no problem with it working.

So $9.00 and I'm on the net. Seems to be holding up pretty good. time will tell however.

Bill W

ppumkin
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:54 am

I am not sure about this. I got a RTL8188CUS in a custom branded one. I get excellent link signal and strength it shows 70mbps but iperf TCP test shows me 1.65Mbits/second (UDP is slightly slower?!) .

It so slow I can't even stream 1FPS of crappy video with out it restarting every 10 times every second. I am powering the USB ports directly with a 2A power supply over GPIO- There is no power issue I made sure of that.

This same one works on my laptops or PC though with a really nice transfer rate. What is going on? Any body experienced the same?

KWall24
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:10 pm

How do you check the stats? Because I've got an RTL8188CUS that is absolutely horrible. It's so slow and unreliable, I can't use it for anything. It's the same whether it's on the Pi, or a full-fledged desktop. I need a new one, so I'm looking at these recommendations too..

SuvwI
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Re: Best Wireless nano usb adapter

Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:05 pm

I have an alternative solution to using a wireless dongle!
I am using a Vonets VAP11G WiFi Bridge Dongle - Wireless Networks Access Point
This uses the Network port so the Pi thinks its a wired network but the Bridge connects wireless to the Router.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vonets-VAP11G-W ... B0050AI804

It works great never failed and has good connection.

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