Friday, April 24, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 Wi-Fi setup

I got a Raspberry Pi 2 for my birthday today, so I thought it would be a breeze to get going…..(I should know better)

I bought a kit from Wiltronics which included one of these Wi-Fi adapters (Comfast CF-WU755P)

It was supposed to be plug and play. However, after installing the OS all was good until it came to getting the Wi-Fi adapter to install. It when using the GUI to configure the WiFi in preferences it was not recognised

I spent a couple of hours of trying to work out what was going on, reading lots of posts indicating the drivers were not available without compiling and deploying them.

I ran dmesg and found an entry saying R8188EU: ERROR indicate disassoc

this eventually led me to discover the following post which described the Realtek firmware not being deployed by default in Raspbian

For those like me who aren’t Linux gurus, to install the package you download it, extract it and run the following command:

sudo dpkg -i firmware-realtek_0.43_all.deb

After installing this package, I was then able to see the adapter and configure it to connect.

Now I can get on with installing Node.js as per Andrew Connell’s recent post.