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WiFi (802.11b/g/n) Module For Raspberry Pi and more
WiFi (802.11b/g/n) Module For Raspberry Pi and more

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Product Code: MKAD55

WiFi (802.11b/g/n) Module For Raspberry Pi and more

Don't want to string out an obscenely long Ethernet cord to plug in your Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard, or other single board computer? Connect your device to WiFi using this wireless USB adapter! This module has been tested to work with the Pi and BeagleBone without the need to recompile any kernels. It is supported by Raspbian Wheezy, RaspBMC, OpenElec, Occidentalis, and many other Pi linux distributions. It's also tested with the BeagleBone's Angstrom distribution. Works great with 802.11b/g/n networks.

If using with a Beagle Bone: Because of the high power required by WiFi, a 5V 2A power adapter is required to power both the Bone and WiFi. Flaky behavior and crashes may result if this is not followed!

If using with a Raspberry Pi: The latest Wheezy distributions support this module out-of-the-box.You may find that you need to have a powered hub to use this adapter, so if you're having power flakiness with your Pi, try a hub!

Please note: The WiFi module may look slightly different than above, but all modules shipped are Pi-tested and contain the same chipset and have equivalent performance, the only difference is the plastic shell.
  • RTl8192cu Chipset
  • Sticks out 8mm (0.3") beyond USB port
  • Weight: 2.17g
  • Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
  • Host Interface: High speed USB2.0/1.1 interface
  • Data Rate: 802.11n: up to 150Mbps (downlink) and up to 150Mbps (uplink) , 802.11g: 54 / 48 / 36 / 24 / 18/ 12 / 9 / 6 Mbps auto fallback, 802.11b: 11 / 5.5 / 2 / 1 Mbps auto fallback
  • Frequency Band: 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial Scientific Medical) Band/li>
  • Chipset: Realtek
  • RF Frequency: 2412 ~ 2462 MHz (North America), 2412 ~ 2472 MHz (Europe), 2412 ~ 2484 MHz (Japan)
  • Radio Channel: 1 ~ 14 channels (Universal Domain Selection)
  • Range Coverage: Up to 3 times farther range than 802.11g
  • Antenna Type: Integrated Antenna
  • Roaming: Full mobility and seamless roaming from cell to cell
  • RF Output Power: 13 ~17 dBm (Typical)
  • Modulation: 11n: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM with OFDM, 11g: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, OFDM, 11b: DQPSK, DBPSK, DSSS, CCK
  • Data Security: 64/128-bit WEP Encryption
  • Network: Auto-switch to use 802.11n or 802.11g or 802.11b mode
  • Supports Ad-Hoc, Infrastructure WLAN network, Wireless roaming, Data rate auto fall-back under noisy environment or longer range distance, Site Survey with Profile function
  • Configuration & Management: Plug-and-Play setup and installation, Management Utility supports 2000 / XP/ Vista
  • Media Access Control CSMA/CA with ACK
  • LED Indicator Link/Active ( Green )
  • Operating Temperature 0C to 40C
  • Storage Temperature -20C to 75C
  • Operating Humidity 10% ~ 90% (Non Condensing)
  • Storage Humidity 5% ~ 95% (Non Condensing)
  • Requirements Available USB 2.0 port

Average Customer Review: 2 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
could not get it to work on BBB either April 8, 2014
Reviewer: RG from San Francisco, CA United States  
I also could not get this to work on the BeagleBone Black.  With a +5V supply and no Ethernet connection, it does show the available wifi networks (using 'iw wlan0 scan').  However, I was unable to connect to them in spite of trying many of the suggestions offered online.  
If Maker Shed is going to continue to sell this as a BeagleBone Black accessory, they should provide instructions for actually getting it to work!

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Better than expected & worse. (Updated) February 19, 2014
Reviewer: John P from Metro Detroit, MI United States  
Has worked great so far on my Raspberry Pi. The signal was better then I expected with no external antenna. My set up right now has a wireless mouse and keyboard too. So I use it with a USB hub. It has works great directly plugged in and on the hub.

On the Beaglebone Black it is a different story. I have yet to get it to work. Many others report the same. I have seen a few people say they got it to work. All the answers they may have to how they did this seam to work for some and not for others. I can say that it will not work with out a good power adapter. The little light in it will not go on with out it.

I would have rated lower if it wasn't for it's Raspberry Pi performance and that wifi on the Beaglebone Black seams to be fickle at best.

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