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Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:37 pm

Hello , my first post on the Forum so I hope I respect the protocols.

I bought a Raspberry Pi B about 2 months ago. Since then I have tried numerous ways to get the WiFi up but without success. Installing Raspberian - when the process arrives at 'look for WiFi networks' nothing is detected altho' I have other devices connected on the active wireless network. Ignoring this install issue (Skip) and completing the install I configured the wired internet access without difficulty. Tried many configs/combinations in /etc/interface...wpa_supplicant etc. Running scan EESSID always returns "".

So do I have a h/w problem. I asked Raspberry if there was a definite test but received no help at all.

Before I return the Pi to the dealer can anyone advise of a simple/definite test to determine if my device has a hardware problem.

Thanks in advance Don Irwin

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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:48 pm

Welcome to the Raspberry Pi forums.

DonMI wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:37 pm
Hello , my first post on the Forum so I hope I respect the protocols.

I bought a Raspberry Pi B about 2 months ago. Since then I have tried numerous ways to get the WiFi up but without success. Installing Raspberian - when the process arrives at 'look for WiFi networks' nothing is detected altho' I have other devices connected on the active wireless network. Ignoring this install issue (Skip) and completing the install I configured the wired internet access without difficulty. Tried many configs/combinations in /etc/interface...wpa_supplicant etc. Running scan EESSID always returns "".

So do I have a h/w problem. I asked Raspberry if there was a definite test but received no help at all.

Before I return the Pi to the dealer can anyone advise of a simple/definite test to determine if my device has a hardware problem.

Thanks in advance Don Irwin


Not every model of Raspberry Pi board has a built-in wireless LAN interface.

What specific model of Raspberry Pi board are you using?

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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:52 pm

Yeah, there is no such thing as a "Pi B", only RPI2B, RPI3B, 3B+ and 4B
which of them do you have???

and
I asked Raspberry if there was a definite test but received no help at all.
where did you ask, if not on this forum???
And no there is no "definitive test"... for one, it depends on which model you have...

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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:13 pm

mahjongg wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:52 pm
Yeah, there is no such thing as a "Pi B", only RPI2B, RPI3B, 3B+ and 4B
There is the "original" sometimes retrospectively called Pi1 -- both B and B+ variants, though no new Pi1B, only B+
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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:52 pm

mahjongg wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:52 pm
Yeah, there is no such thing as a "Pi B", only RPI2B, RPI3B, 3B+ and 4B
which of them do you have???
The product page for the Pi b+ says there is / was a Pi model B, albeit no longer sold via official resellers.

Its possible the OP bought one of those, either new from an unofficial reseller, or second hand from ebay or similar.
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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:02 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:52 pm
mahjongg wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:52 pm
Yeah, there is no such thing as a "Pi B", only RPI2B, RPI3B, 3B+ and 4B
which of them do you have???
The product page for the Pi b+ says there is, albeit no longer sold new.

Ita possible the OP bought one of those.
Thats a PI1B+ not just a Pi B

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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:08 pm

We can keep on guessing....and wont know the truth......
until the OP post pictures of this RPi.... with closeup of the white markings on the board....
"Don't come to me with 'issues' for I don't know how to deal with those
Come to me with 'problems' and I'll help you find solutions"

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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:12 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:52 pm
The product page for the Pi b+ says there is, albeit no longer sold new.
Au contraire...
Obsolescence Statement

Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ will remain in production until at least January 2026
... or did you mean that the B+ page refers to the B?
As I said above, the B and B+ (also the A and A+) are retrospectively called Pi1, but that was not the case until after the Pi2 launch.
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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:47 pm

Yes, I said the product page for the b+ says the b existed and that people still sell those, just not via official resellers and usually second hand.
It was a direct refutal to mahjongg's claim that "there is no such thing as a Pi B"

I'm not sure how what I wrote could be taken any other way.
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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:18 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:47 pm
Yes, I said the product page for the b+ says the b existed and that people still sell those, just not via official resellers and usually second hand.
It was a direct refutal to mahjongg's claim that "there is no such thing as a Pi B"

I'm not sure how what I wrote could be taken any other way.
Sorry, in haste I thought you were saying the B+ was no longer available new.
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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:29 am

Ah I see.
I've updated the post to better reflect what I was trying to convey.
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Re: Pi B - no WiFi - ever!

Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:31 am

DonMI wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:37 pm
Hello , my first post on the Forum so I hope I respect the protocols.

I bought a Raspberry Pi B about 2 months ago.
Welcome to the forums!

If you actually have an old model B, then it has no WiFi. However, that model has been discontinued for quite some time, so I suspect you have something else, and for us to help you, we need to know exactly which model you have.

The following command (in a Raspbian terminal or console) will tell you your model.
cat /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/model;echo

Otherwise, look for the model name and number on the PCB silkscreen, or post some clear pictures.
My mind is like a browser. 27 tabs are open, 9 aren't responding,
lots of pop-ups...and where is that annoying music coming from?

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