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There is a howto on installing the TL-WN722N adapter [http://elinux.org/RPi_Peripherals#Wireless:_TP-Link_TL-WN722N_USB_wireless_adapter_.28Debian_6.29 here], which also acts as a guide for installing others too.
 
There is a howto on installing the TL-WN722N adapter [http://elinux.org/RPi_Peripherals#Wireless:_TP-Link_TL-WN722N_USB_wireless_adapter_.28Debian_6.29 here], which also acts as a guide for installing others too.
  
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==Working USB Wi-Fi Adapters==
  
 
These adapters are known to work on the Raspberry Pi. This list is not exhaustive, other adapters may well work, but it has not yet been tried.
 
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==Problem USB Wi-Fi Adapters==
  
 
These adapters were tested and found to have issues the Raspberry Pi. Note [http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=6928] as a possible solution/explanation for errors while running LXDE.
 
These adapters were tested and found to have issues the Raspberry Pi. Note [http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=6928] as a possible solution/explanation for errors while running LXDE.

Revision as of 03:42, 11 July 2013

See also: http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-44703/l/raspberry-pi-wifi-adapter-testing

There is a howto on installing the TL-WN722N adapter here, which also acts as a guide for installing others too.

Working USB Wi-Fi Adapters

These adapters are known to work on the Raspberry Pi. This list is not exhaustive, other adapters may well work, but it has not yet been tried.

Note: A Wi-Fi adapter will probably need more power than the Raspberry Pi USB port can provide, especially if there is a large distance from the Wi-Fi adapter to the Wi-Fi Access Point, or it is transferring large amounts of data. Therefore, you may need to plug the Wi-Fi adapter into a powered USB hub.

Note: Some WiFi adaptors, including Ralink brand, may not work reliably unless 'wireless-power off' is included in /etc/network/interfaces. For more details see: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=40474#p330868

Note: Devices with RTL8188CUS work great as wifi access point - see tutorial and configuration script.If you plan to use your raspberry pi in ad hoc mode, you must verify that your adapter is using the nl80211 driver. Wifi adaptors using RTL8188CUS driver will not work in ad hoc mode.

Note: To the owner of this page, this page would benefit of being rewritten as a matrix with - does it need external power - does it support ad hoc, ap - link to how to.

  • 3COM
    • 3CRUSB10075: ZyDAS zd1211rw chipset (!)
  • 7DayShop
    • W-3S01BLK, W-3S01BLKTWIN: Unbranded product available from 7DayShop, in a single or twin pack. [1], [2]. Tested on Debian Wheezy, with the dongle attached directly to the Raspberry Pi along with the wireless keyboard receiver. Shows up as a Ralink RT5370 device, and no drivers or additional software downloads required. Created wpa.conf, edited 'interfaces' file and restarted the networking. The manufacturer portion of the MAC address (7cdd90) is assigned to "Shenzhen Ogemray Technology Co., Ltd."
    • It works without additional software connected directly to a Rev 2 Raspberry Pi, but it stops working after a period of time (3 to 4 hours) with a fully updated Wheezy and all the 'USB workarounds' [3] in place.
  • Alfa
    • AWUS036NEH: Tested on Debian Squeeze (with Ralink firmware package)
    • AWUS036NH: Tested on Arch Linux ARM using the rt2800usb module.
    • AWUS036NH: Tested on Debian Wheezy (with Ralink firmware package). Tested on Raspbian too (drivers from aircrack-ng).
    • AWUS036H (500 mW version): Tested on Raspbian (drivers from aircrack-ng).
    • AWUS036H (1 W version): Tested on Raspbian (drivers from aircrack-ng). Needs USB powered HUB or Rev2 of the board / polyfuse bypass.
    • AWUS036NHA: Tested on Raspbian (drivers from aircrack-ng). Works fine if connected after boot, otherwise Raspberry Pi won't boot up.
  • AirLink101
    Airlink 101 Wireless N 150 Ultra Mini-USB Adapter
    • AWLL5088: Tested on Debian Wheezy. This adapter is based on the OEM Edimax EW-7811Un. For automatic installation, See MrEngmanns script listed below under the Edimax device.
    • AWLL5099: Tested on Raspian Wheezy. Step-by-step installation and configuration instructions with screenshots can be found here. This adapter is based on the Realtek RTL8188CUS chipset. The rtl8192cu kernel driver is loaded automatically in the latest Raspian distribution. Wifi access point configuration - see tutorial and configuration script
    • AWLL6075: Tested on Raspian Wheezy 16-Dec-2012 build and distro upgrade as of 09-Jan-2013. lsusb reports: 0bda:8172 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8191SU 802.11n WLAN Adapter. Driver installed is r8712u. Powers OK from Model B Pi (Rev 000f) USB port (1200mA supply tested). Dongle does get hot under use when directly connected to USB port (slightly reduced when USB extender cable used).
  • Asus
    • USB-N10 USB ID 0b05:1786, r8712u staging driver, included on Fedora Remix & Arch, must download for Debian and install firmware - Realtek from non-free Squeeze repository (B) (not needed with latest Raspbian “Wheezy” 2012-07-15: this Asus works N10 out of the box) Does not support nl80211 APIS, so hostapd won't work.
    • USB-N13 USB ID 0b05:17ab, works with Adafruit Occidentalis v0.1 image as it includes kernel with 8192u driver built-in (B)
    • WL-167G v1 USB ID 0b05:1706, Ralink RT2571 working out-of-the-box on Debian image from 2012-04-19. Requires powered hub, otherwise it is detected by OS, but it will not function.
    • WL-167G v3 USB ID 0b05:1791, working out-of-the-box on Linux raspberrypi 3.2.27+ #160 PREEMPT Mon Sep 17. Does not require powered hub.
AusPi Technologies 802.11n WiFi Adapter
  • AusPi Technologies
    • AusPi Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8188S]. Works without a powered HUB. Tested on OpenELEC (works OOB), RaspBMC (works OOB) and 2012-08-08 Raspbian Wheezy (works OOB). Free shipping worldwide from Buy Raspberry Pi Australia.
  • Belkin
    • Belkin Components F5D7050 Wireless G Adapter v3000 [Ralink RT2571W]. On Debian requires the firmware-ralink package from the non-free repository. The usbcore module needs to be added to /etc/modules install instructions.
    • Belkin Components F5D8053 ver.6001 Wireless N Adapter [Realtek RTL8188SU]. Tested on OpenELEC (works OOB), RaspBMC (works OOB), Raspian - 2012-07-15-Wheezy-raspbian Powered hub required!
    • Belkin Components F5D8053 ver.6001 Wireless N Adapter [Realtek RTL8188SU]. Works on RaspBMC OOB (with NetworkManager plugin). Works WITHOUT powered hub on 5 V 800 mA power with 6 overvolt (nothing else connected to USB)
    • Belkin Components F7D1101 v1 Basic Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8188SU] USB ID 050d:945a, r8712u staging driver, included on Fedora Remix & Arch, must download for Debian and install firmware - Realtek from non-free Squeeze repository (B). Verified working with 2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian right out of the box.
    • Belkin Components F6D4050 V1 [Realtek RT3070] USB ID: 050d:935a Driver: RT3572STA(recommended),RT2800USB,RT2870STA. Tested under Arch using this guide.
    • Belkin Components F6D4050 V1/V2 [Realtek RT3070] USB ID: 050d:935a / 935b Driver: RT3572STA. Tested with Raspbian - See installation instructions - Powered hub not required!
    • Belkin Components F7D2102 "N300" Micro Wireless USB adapter. Tested with Occidentalis 0.1. Tested and working on Rasbian Wheezy (and RaspBMC), driver RTL8192CU, no powered hub needed (dongle directly attached to the onboard ports)
    • Belkin Components F9L1001v1 "N150" Wireless USB Adapter. Tested and working on Rasbian Wheezy WITHOUT powered hub.
    • Belkin Surf Micro WLAN USB-Adapter (Raspbian Wheezy, unpowered hub, "N150")
  • BlueProton
    • BT3 USB ID: 0bda:8187; tested on Debian, Fedora & Arch; rtl8187 driver (B)
  • Buffalo
    • USB ID: 0411:01A2 WLI-UC-GNM - Tested on Raspbmc; rt2800usb driver
    • USB ID: WLI-UC-G300N - Works on Raspbmc out of the box. Tested after a factory reset of the Raspbmc.
  • Comfast
    • WU710N: chipset RTL8188CUS. The rtl8192cu kernel driver is loaded automatically in the latest Raspian distribution. Wifi access point configuration - see tutorial and configuration script
    • WU810N (150M): Works out of the box on wheezy raspbian of version 2012-12-16.
  • Conceptronic
    • C300RU. Works out of the box in Raspbian. Causes reboot when plugging on a live Rev. 2 Raspberry Pi
  • DealExtreme
    • ISG-1507N Mini USB 2.4GHz 150Mbps 802.11b/g/n WiFi. Has the ralink 5370 chipset, works directly plugged into the Raspberry Pi rev.1 under OpenELEC. Note: Driver (rt2800usb) only permits B/G operation and throughput is low (10Mbit).
  • DELL
    • Wireless 1450 [Intersil ISL3887]. Works out of the box, but it requires a powered hub (the Raspberry Pi boots with this dongle plugged in, recognizes and configures it, works for some time, but then it crashes randomly under heavy traffic. A powered hub seems to fix the issue).
  • DIGICOM
    • USBWAVE54 [chipset Zydas ZD1211] . [[4]] Works out of the box in OpenELEC. With Raspbian or Debian squeezy/Wheezy works with zd1211-firmware .
    • USBWAVE300C [chipset Ralink 2870] . [[5]] Works out of the box in OpenELEC. With Raspbian or Debian squeezy/Wheezy works with firmware-ralink .
  • D-Link
    • AirPlus G DWL-G122 (rev. E). USB ID 07d1:3c0f, Ralink RT2870. On Debian requires the firmware-ralink package from the Squeeze-firmware non-free repository. (However I experience total crashes on Raspbian 2012-07-15 after a few minutes of load on the WLAN. Will have to investigate via serial console.)
    • AirPlus G DWL-G122 (rev. C). USB ID 07d1:3c03, Ralink RT2571. Working out-of-the-box on Arch image from 2012-04-29.
    • AirPlus G DWL-G122 (rev. B1). USB ID 2001:3c00, Ralink RT2571. Working out-of-the-box on Arch image from 2012-06-13.
    • DWA-110 (Version A1). Requires the ralink package from the non-free repository on Debian.
    • DWA-121 (Version A1). Wireless N 150 Pico. Works out-of-the-box with Raspian Wheezy (2012-09-18) and Raspbmc (2012-11-06) using Network-Manager addon (see Program - Addons). Wifi access point configuration - see tutorial and configuration script
    • DWA-123 (Version A1). USB ID 2001:3c17, Ralink RT2800. Working out-of-the-box on Arch image from 2012-04-29. (working without UBS Hub - not yet sure if it achieves full speed though.)
    • DWA-130 (rev. E1) Works out of the box with Raspbmc Frodo. Updated Raspbmc upon plugging in and powering up. Had issues timing out. Changed DNS to openDNS address. Works good after that.
    • DWA-131 (rev. A1) USB ID 07d1:3303,Realtek RTL8192SU, 802.11n Wireless N Nano.
      • Important : revision A1 works, revision B1 works now with Raspbian's kernel 3.6.11+ ! Otherwise get the last Linux firmware on DLink Website : http://tsd.dlink.com.tw/.
      • Works out of the box on Raspbian “Wheezy”. Verified with direct USB: no powered USB hub needed. Also verified when Nano used in powered USB hub. Someone had trouble configuring SSID/Passphrase in etc/network/interfaces file. But no problem & very easy to configure using wicd: wicd is a gui interface on LXDE for network configuration. Install it using command-line: apt-get install wicd. Once configured ith wicd to auto-run on boot, no need to turn back to LXDE. Recommended.
    • DWA-140 (Version B1). USB ID 07d1:3c09, Ralink RT2870. On Debian requires the firmware-ralink package from the Squeeze-firmware non-free repository.
    • DWA-140 (Version B2). USB ID 07d1:3c0a, Ralink RT3072. Workaround for faulty firmware binary: Place file rt2870.bin from linux-firmware_1.53.tar.gz in /lib/firmware. Explanation.
    • DWA-140 (Version B3). USB ID 2001:3c15, Works out of the box with Raspbmc (only tested with powered hub).
    • DWA-160 (Version B1). USB ID 07d1:3c11, Ralink RT2870. On Debian requires the firmware-ralink package from the Squeeze-firmware non-free repository.
    • DWA-160 (Version A2). USB ID 07d1:3a09, Atheros AR9170. (NOTE: I can only get it to work through powered USB hub) requires carl9170-fw firmware [6]
    • WUA-1340 (Version A1). Works with Raspbian Wheezy after installing the firmware-ralink package from the non-free repository on Debian.
    • edup nano EP-N8508 Use method shown here for Debian. Requires powered USB hub for adequate power. When directly powered by Raspberry Pi, it fails after a few minutes. (B) Unusable with analog audio because when data is being send or received the audio get distorted. Use script from here for Wheezy.
  • Eminent
    • EM4575 - rt2800usb driver.
  • EnGenius
    • EUB9603 EXT - Realtek r8712u driver
  • Gigabyte
    • Gigabyte GN-WB32L 802.11n USB WLAN Card. Works with the rt2800usb driver.
  • GMYLE
    • Wireless 11n USB Adapter. Uses RTL8188CUS chipset - cheap on eBay. Installs and works using the install-rtl8188cus-latest.sh script.
    • Micro Mini USB Wireless B/N/G 802.11n RTL8192CU WiFi LAN Adapter. As noted elsewhere, RTL8192 driver is in current Raspbian distribution. Wifi access point configuration - see tutorial and configuration script
  • Hawking
    • HWU54G rev. Z2 (802.11g) (B). Requires "zd1211-firmware" package.
  • IOGear
    • GWU625 USB ID 0bda:8172, r8712u staging driver, included on Fedora Remix & Arch, must download for Debian Squeeze and install firmware - Realtek from non-free Squeeze repository. No need to download firmware when using Debian Wheezy (B)
  • ISY
    • USB Wireless Micro Adapter IWL 2000, tested on Raspbian; follow these instructions.
  • Linksys
    • Linksys (Cisco) WUSB100 ver.2 1737:0078, tested on Raspbian; follow Brucalipto.org instructions; not stress tested, but it works without issues for light network load.
    • Linksys (Cisco) WUSB600N, test on Raspbian, details here
    • Linksys WUSB54GC (manufactured 07/2008) No issues! needs powered hub on version 1.0 boards - 13b1:0020
    • Linksys WUSB54G ver.4, Works well even when plugged directly to the Raspberry Pi. Requires 300mA max, hence recommended to use powered usb hub for extended operation.
  • LogiLink
    • Wireless LAN USB 2.0 Nano Adapter 802.11n LogiLink [7] is working even USB powered.
    • Micro Wireless LAN USB Adapter [8] is working good.
  • Lutec
    • Lutec WLA-54L (old version with ZD1211b chipset) is working even USB powered.
  • Micronet
    • Micronet SP907NS, 11N Wireless LAN USB Adapter (uses Realtek RTL8188CUS) works plugged directly into Raspberry Pi USB (B) Debian installation instructions IMPORTANT: read the instructions first to avoid problems, and Auto-install script. The script has been used to install other adapters using the RTL8188CUS chip. Updated driver that handles the latest rpi-updates that kill the original driver, download for manual installation, automatically installed by the Auto-install script.
    • Wifi access point configuration - see tutorial and configuration script
  • ModMyPi
  • MSI
    • 0db0:6861 MSI-6861 802.11g Wi-Fi adapter (US54G): works with external powered USB hub, requires firmware from here, power management must be disabled: iwconfig wlan0 power off
  • Mvix
    • Mvix Nubbin (MS-811N): works out of the box on Raspbian "Wheezy" and does not need a powered USB hub.
  • Netgear
    • N150: Reported as WNA1100 device, uses the Atheros ar9271 chipset. On Debian, requires the firmware-atheros package from the Squeeze-backports non-free repository (!)
    • N150: Some versions reported as Realtek RTL8188CUS device. Read Micronet entry above and use RTL8188CUS script for installation. Works best plugged into powered USB hub.
    • WG111v1: Prism54 chipset. Needs powered hub. Follow info for Prism54 chipset on Debian wiki.
    • WG111v2: Realtek rtl8187 chipset. Seems to draw a lot of power; e.g. I can't power this and a USB thumb drive simultaneously.
    • WG111v3: Realtek RTL8187B chipset. Works straight out of the box using a powered USB hub.
    • WNA1000M works with Raspberry Pi Model B Board v. BS1233. However, when downloading torrents and when they pick up speed, the system becomes unresponsive.
  • OvisLink
    • Evo-W300USB: USB ID 148f:2270 Ralink Technology RT2770. apt-get install firmware-ralink
  • Patriot Memory
    • PCUSBW1150 Wireless 11N USB adapter (uses Realtek RTL8188CUS) Install using Micronet script. Works only through powered USB hub. Wifi access point configuration - see tutorial and configuration script
    • PCBOWAU2-N Wireless 11N USB adapter (uses Realtek RTL8191SU chip) Worked immedietly, plug and play in 2013-02-09 Raspbian via powered USB hub.
  • Ralink
    • inner 02 joggler Wi-Fi USB RT2770F USB-ID 148f:2770 (firmware-ralink required) (only got dhcp on powered hub)
    • RT2070 USB-ID 148f:2070 firmware is already loaded into Raspbian. For Debian, the firmware must be installed (instructions). Needs a powered USB hub.
    • RT3070 USB-ID 148f:3070 firmware is already loaded into Raspbian.
    • RT2501/RT2573 USB-ID 148f:2573 (firmware-ralink required) (B)
    • RT5370 USB-ID 148f:5370 (requires firmware-ralink from Wheezy) RPi_Ralink_WLAN_devices(B). An image of an adapter with this chip can be found here.
    • RT5370 supports Access Point and it be used for hostapd
  • Rosewill
    • RNX-N180UBE Wireless B/G/N Adapter
      • Realtek RTL8191SU chipset, USB-ID 0bda:8172
      • Tested in Arch, works out of box. Powered USB hub required.
      • Tested in Raspbian, used wicd to configure network settings. Powered USB hub Required.
      • Tested in Raspbmc. Needs package firmware - Realtek and used wicd-curses to configure. Powered USB hub required
    • RNX-G1 Wireless B/G Adapter
      • Realtek RTL8187 chipset, USB-ID 0bda:8187
      • Tested in Arch, works out of box. USB hub required.
    • RNX-MiniN1 (RWLD-110001) Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN Adapter)
      • Tested in Raspbian, powered from USB hub.
  • Sabrent
    • USB-A11N: Mini USB 2.0 Wireless-N WiFi Network Adapter: USB ID 0bda:8176, works automatically in Raspbian using rtl8192cu driver along with Logitech BT mini-receiver (keyboard/mousepad) without external hub using 5.25V 1 A psu (4.99V T1/T2) on rev 2.0 (B)
  • Sagem
    • Sagem Wireless USB stick XG-760N: USB ID 079b:0062, Module is not shipped in Debian image, but it can be "sudo apt-get install zd1211-firmware"
  • Sitecom
    • Sitecom Wi-Fi USB Adapter N300: USB ID 0a5c:5800, Realtek r8712u driver + firmware Realtek. Module available in shipped Raspbian image. NOTE: although this dongle will also work without powered hub, if there is a voltage problem (either on the Raspberry or on the hub, but verified only on the hub so far) this wifi dongle will receive signal perfectly (RX), but not be capable of sending anything (TX) and the MAC address will be permanently set to FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF (this is indicative that there is not enough power) [9]
  • SMC
    • SMCWUSBS-N: Hardware detected as rt2800, but it is missing firmware; "sudo apt-get install firmware-ralink" fixed it
    • SMCWUSB-G: Gives "couldn't load firmware" error. "sudo apt-get install zd1211-firmware" fixes it.
  • Sony
    • Sony UWA-BR100 802.11abgn Wireless Adapter [Atheros AR7010+AR9280] (Vendor ID: 0411, Product ID: 017f) - Tested with Raspbian. Needs package firmware-atheros.(B)
  • Tenda
    • USB 11n adapter on a G network: Ralink 2870/3070 driver (!)
    • Tenda W311M Wireless N150 Nano USB Adapter (product page) - Works out-of-the-box with Raspbian as of 2012-12. Tested in WPA-Personal network. Runs without Powered Hub when plugged into Raspberry Pi.
    • Tenda W311MI Wireless N Pico USB Adapter (identified as Ralink RT5370 Wireless Adapter; USB-ID: 148f:5370) - Works out-of-the-box for Raspian 2012/09/18 or later. An earlier version gave me problems.
    • Tenda W311U Mini 11N Wireless USB Adapter (USB-ID 148f:3070): Ralink 2870/3070 driver; needs powered hub. Debian installation instructions Available from the ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Shop
    • Tenda W311U+ Wireless USB Adapter - Tested with Raspbian.
  • TP-Link
    • TL-WN321G (Ralink RT2501/RT2573, rt73_usb) Works out of the box when plugged in before boot. Plugging in after boot only with powered USB hub. RasPi Model B, Rev. 2.0
    • TL-WN422G v? (Atheros AR9271, ath9k_htc) Works out of the box when plugged in before boot. Plugging in after boot only with powered USB hub. RasPi Model B, Rev. 2.0
    • TL-WN422G v2 (ath9k_htc) Works OOTB in Debian Wheezy Beta. Runs without powered Hub when plugged into running Raspberry Pi, but the Raspberry Pi won't boot while the stick is plugged in.
    • TL-WN721N (ath9k_htc device with htc_9271.fw file from http://linuxwireless.org/download/htc_fw/1.3/htc_9271.fw); needs powered USB Hub (B) | works OOTB with Wheezy Raspbian (2012-08-16) connected directly to raspberry pi (B) and AP functionality tested with hostapd.
    • TL-WN722N, TL-WN722NC (ath9k_htc device with htc_9271.fw file from http://linuxwireless.org/download/htc_fw/1.3/htc_9271.fw); needs powered USB Hub (B)
    • TL-WN723N (RTL8188SU); works OOTB with Raspbian 2012-09-17, (B) stable with 1 A PSU and without powered USB hub on r2.0. (a model B Pi with Arch Linux reboots if the dongle is plugged, restart sees the device without problems afterwards)
    • TL-WN723N v2 (USB ID: ID 0bda:8176 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN Adapter, FCC ID: TE7WN723NV2) Works from a box with Raspbian 2013-02-09. Used 2.1A adapter, without powered hub.
    • TL-WN725N v1. Works out of the box on Raspbian 2012-12-16 without a powered USB hub. This adapter is based on the Realtek RTL8188CUS chipset. Works great as AP - instructions and config script
    • TL-WN725N v2. Needs manual driver installation. This USB adapter is based on the Realtek RTL8188EUS chipset.
    • TL-WN821N v3 (ath9k_htc, htc_7010.fw); works out of the box on ArchLinuxARM, Wheezy and on OpenElec (>r11211), Problems with prior OpenElec; needs powered USB Hub (B). This chipset is also compatible with hostapd (wireless AP software)
    • TL-WN822N v2 (ath9k_htc) works on ArchLinuxARM, with powered USB Hub. Successfully tested hostapd/dnsmasq.
    • TL-WN823N Works out of box on Raspian using powered USB Hub
    • TL-WN7200ND works. Can be made as a WiFi AP using hostapd. Need a powered USB hub.


  • ZyXEL
    • NWD2105 USB ID: 0586:341e, RT3070 chipset, rt2800usb driver (B)
    • NWD2205 USDB ID: 0586:341f RTL8192CU chipset, works out-of-the-box
    • G-202 model 0586:3410 ZyXEL Communications Corp. ZyAIR G-202 802.11bg using zd1211rw kernel module and zd1211-firmware package

Problem USB Wi-Fi Adapters

These adapters were tested and found to have issues the Raspberry Pi. Note [10] as a possible solution/explanation for errors while running LXDE.

  • Alfa
    • AWUS036NHA (Vendor ID: 0cf3, Product ID: 9271) - Tested with Raspbian. Works fine if connected after boot. Kills boot process if previously attached. Details here.
  • D-Link
    • ( DWA-131 (rev. B1) ) - Works now on Raspbian's kernel 3.6.11+ or with DLink firmware: http://tsd.dlink.com.tw/
    • DWL-G132 - In archlinux it is recognized - lsusb: 2001:3a03 D-Link Corp. DWL-G132 (no firmware) [Atheros AR5523] - but no wlan0 device is created - perhaps it needs the firmware to be loaded
  • Edimax
    • EW-7811Un (Vendor ID: 7397, Product ID: 7811) - Reports as containing the Realtek RTL8188CUS chipset listed below, no lockup or kernel oops under Wheezy, but dmesg reports constant timeouts trying to initialize the module. This appears to be resolved on 2012-09-18-Wheezy-raspbian and newer versions. EW-7811Un causes sporadic USB Issues when used together with steelseries 6G keyboard (repeated keys, possible file system corruption)
    • EW-7811Un (Vendor ID: 7397, Product ID: 7811) - There have been issues with receiving UDP multicast packages in combination with most (not all) wireless routers. Nearly impossible to debug, since running a sniffer on the Pi makes everything work as expected.
    • EW-7811Un It doesn't support Access Point and you can't use it for hostapd.
  • Linksys
    • WUSB300N (Vendor ID: 13B1, Product ID: 0029) - Tested with Raspbian, OpenELEC, among others. No Linux chipset support for Marvell 88W8362 at all.
  • LogiLink
    • WL0085 tested under Debian (Squeeze, Wheezy, Raspbian); no stable connection can be established. This gets even worse when X is running.
  • MicroNEXT
    • MN-WD152B (Debian image) modprobe hangs when plugged in, lsusb hangs. udevd errors in the logs. [11] [12]
      • Possible fix: try the new Adafruit Occidentalis v0.1 image (based on Raspbian Wheezy) as it includes the needed 8192cu driver builtin to the kernel
  • Realtek
    • RTL8188CUS USB-ID 0bda:8176, kernel oops in dmesg and freeze when pulled from USB. (B)
  • Trendnet
    • TEW-424UB USB ID: 0bda:8189; tested on Debian, Fedora & Arch; rtl8187 driver; errors with LXDE running (B)
  • TP-Link
    • TL-WN821N USB ID: 0cf3:7015; tested on Debian; requires htc_7010.fw firmware; ath9k_htc driver; errors with LXDE running (B)
    • TL-WN723N USB ID: 0bda:8176; tested on Arch without a powered hub; it seems to draw too much current.
    • TL-WDN3200 USB ID: 148f:5572, no native driver available under Raspbian, OpenELEC, raspbmc (neither under x86 Linux) for the ralink 5572 chipset. Might work if driver is compiled from source.

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