ECE497 Beagle Bone WiFi

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This wiki is for anyone trying to use a WiFi adapter on the Beagle Bone. It is originally created by Michael Junge, EE senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, class of 2012. As new information is discovered please feel free to edit this wiki.

Required Hardware

You will need a WiFi adapter from Adafruit. (I had to buy mine, however as the class expands Dr. Yoder pay potentially have a few to hand out for experimentation.)

You will also need the A6 hardware version of the BeagleBone. This does not work with the A5 version. (again at a later date this may not be an issue)

You will finally need the A5 software version of Angstrom found from EBC Exercise 03 Installing a Beagle OS. Again make sure it is the A5 software, this does not work with the A6 Rev.

Finally you will need a 5V BeagleBone power supply. The power supply that comes with the Beagle XM Board is suffient as well.

Required Package Updates

When installing packages do not have the WiFi adapter plugged in.

beagle$ opkg update
beagle$ opkg install linux-firmware-rtl8192cu
bealge$ opkg install wireless-tools

Procedure for running WiFi

You must follow this procedure for enabling the WiFi.

1.) Plug in the WiFi adapter (do not plug in an Ethernet cable, it may not work properly) 2.) Plug in the usb and connect the BeagleBone to your laptop. 3.) Plug in the power adapter for the BeagleBone 4.) Connect to the BeagleBone either through screen command or the LAN set up by the usb 5.) Run these lines of code:


Closing Remarks

I have not been able to figure out how to connect to the campus network. I know it has to deal with wpa supplicant. However at this time, I have not done enough research into wpa supplicant to connect successfully.

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