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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well. Need some s/w configuration
This was bought for a Raspberry Pi. Driver-wise it worked out of the box.

There are huge delays when using this dongle. That's because of power saving that's enabled by default. To fix that you'll have to run: iwconfig wlan0 power off

This can be added in /etc/network/interfaces as: wireless-power off

After that it works like a charm.
Published 13 months ago by V13

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very short range
This is a tiny tiny piece of junk. It has a range of about 4 metres with clear line of sight, and it got wedged in the USB port. Pulling it caused the plastic cap came off revealing the electronics inside. Not recommended - at these distances it's much better to use a cable instead if you have the option.
Published 10 months ago by A. Hutchison


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well. Need some s/w configuration, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: USB Wifi Adapter for the Raspberry Pi - By New IT
This was bought for a Raspberry Pi. Driver-wise it worked out of the box.

There are huge delays when using this dongle. That's because of power saving that's enabled by default. To fix that you'll have to run: iwconfig wlan0 power off

This can be added in /etc/network/interfaces as: wireless-power off

After that it works like a charm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to configure this for the Raspberry Pi 2. Will not work 'out of the box'., 29 April 2015
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This review is from: USB Wifi Adapter for the Raspberry Pi - By New IT
A lot of reviews here state that the wifi dongle isn't compatible with the RPi 2. I'm here to say "It does".

Took a little bit of playing around with and Googling, but you can most certainly get this wifi dongle running on the RPi 2.

First I recommend you look at this resource: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=49864

I installed Raspbian, kernel 3.18.7-V7+ (time of writing 29th April 2015) and found my answer on that forum post, one of the last pages.

How to configure it:
First run "uname -r" on the Pi to find out which kernel version you're running. For me it returns "3.18.7-v7+"
And run "lsusb" to see the device number of your wifi dongle. Mine returns "Bus 001 Device 004: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp." so "148f:7601" is my device number.

Next look through the forum post to find the relevant kernel version, when you find it there will be instructions on how to download and install the relevant files.
Here's what my one looked like:
"run:
> wget https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80256631/mt7601-3.18.7-v7-755.tar.gz
> tar xzf mt7601-3.18.7-v7-755.tar.gz
> ./install.sh"

Then reboot. Worked on reboot. If, on reboot, you don't see wlan0 listed on the GUI Wifi Config tool, change you /etc/network/interfaces file to this:

"auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
iface default inet dhcp

wireless-power off"
by running "sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces", press Ctrl+X, then Y to save. Reboot and you're good to go.

Not the "wireless-power off", this will boost the wifi strength and prevent power saving, which is often the cause of continual wifi dropping signal.

If running from the command line, run "iwlist wlan0 scan" to see what available wifi signals are near you.

Product drops a star more for the fact that it doesn't work out the box, pretends to be something it's not, and generally the seller doesn't appear to be helping the hoard of people who are struggling to get it working.

All the best, and good luck.
- D.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got this with my PI. It works well at ..., 21 Sept. 2014
This review is from: USB Wifi Adapter for the Raspberry Pi - By New IT
Got this with my PI. It works well at close distances, however if you want to make sure you don't run into problems. Here's two things to do to solve wifi drop outs and timeouts:

First:
go to /etc/network/interfaces
add to the bottom

wireless-power off

This disables wifi power management, I found without this the wifi is much slower due to power saving.

And also do this:

Go to /etc/ifplugd/action.d/ and rename the ifupdown file to ifupdown.original
Then do: cp /etc/wpa_supplicant/ifupdown.sh ./ifupdown
Finally: sudo reboot

Now it works perfectly without any dropouts or timeouts!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very short range, 20 July 2014
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This is a tiny tiny piece of junk. It has a range of about 4 metres with clear line of sight, and it got wedged in the USB port. Pulling it caused the plastic cap came off revealing the electronics inside. Not recommended - at these distances it's much better to use a cable instead if you have the option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just works but don't expect fast transfer rates..., 21 Mar. 2015
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Does the job, works with PI 2 although despite what previous comments say. I used it with Openelec and OSMC Kodi releases.
Tried to watch a full hd blu-ray quality movie streamed from my NAS and could not get to work properly, utterly stuttering. Transfer rate is really, really slow with that device. With the edimax device i had before i could stream a HD movie with no trouble.

Lost hours trying to understand where the stuttering came from...Buy cheap, Buy twice...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This item barely showed sign of life. Alternative branded ..., 3 Mar. 2015
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This item barely showed sign of life. Alternative branded adapter communicated strongly. In addition this item was a very tight fit and needed some determination and care to remove it from a Raspberry pi A. Be aware that purchasers are obliged to pay for return of this item to New IT and refund of return cost is at their discretion. I got no refund of cost of return and am therefore out of pocket for an item that was not fit for purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good product, 15 Jan. 2014
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Unit is excellent for short range use in normal home. A bit lacking in output power for slightly longer range
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1.0 out of 5 stars ONLY COMPATIBLE WITH Pi IF YOU HAVE A PROGRAMMING DEGREE IN LINUX, 30 April 2015
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This review is from: USB Wifi Adapter for the Raspberry Pi - By New IT
This is DEFINITELY NOT compatible with the Rasberry Pi. It is not automatically recognised like other WiFi Adapters and can only be used in you have a degree in linux programming. It comes with drivers on a CD - The Rasberry Pi has no CD - so no use at all - This is a very misleading advert. It is rubbish, rubbish, rubbish. After loading the drivers onto a USB, I needed to use Linux commands to mount the USB onto the file system and only then could I access the drivers.

This is a small part of the README:

Build Instructions:
====================

1> $tar -xvzf DPB_RT2870_Linux_STA_x.x.x.x.tgz
go to "./DPB_RT2870_Linux_STA_x.x.x.x" directory.

2> In Makefile
set the "MODE = STA" in Makefile and chose the TARGET to Linux by set "TARGET = LINUX"
define the linux kernel source include file path LINUX_SRC
modify to meet your need.

3> In os/linux/config.mk
define the GCC and LD of the target machine
define the compiler flags CFLAGS
modify to meet your need.
** Build for being controlled by NetworkManager or wpa_supplicant wext functions
Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y'.
=> #>cd wpa_supplicant-x.x
=> #>./wpa_supplicant -Dwext -ira0 -c wpa_supplicant.conf -d
** Build for being controlled by WpaSupplicant with Ralink Driver
Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=n'.
=> #>cd wpa_supplicant-0.5.7
=> #>./wpa_supplicant -Dralink -ira0 -c wpa_supplicant.conf -d

4> $make
# compile driver source code
# To fix "error: too few arguments to function ¡¥iwe_stream_add_event"
=> $patch -i os/linux/sta_ioctl.c.patch os/linux/sta_ioctl.c

5> $cp RT2870STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT2870STA/RT2870STA.dat

6> load driver, go to "os/linux/" directory.
#[kernel 2.4]
# $/sbin/insmod rt2870sta.o
# $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up

#[kernel 2.6]
# $/sbin/insmod rt2870sta.ko
# $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up

7> unload driver
$/sbin/ifconfig ra0 down
$/sbin/rmmod rt2870sta

========================================

Exactly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Pi Wifi Adapter, 27 Feb. 2015
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Works as expected in my Raspberry Pi 2 on the 2.4GHz band, works without drivers on raspbian, but it isn't dual band so it doesn't detect my 5GHz network. Range is good, the only issues I had were when the pi was undervolted (rainbow square in top right of display)- connection kept dropping out but that's hardly the fault of the component. New power supply sorted that out and have had no issues since. Ultra low profile, sticks out a little but that's so if you have a case it won't interfere with the fit. Overall very happy with it for a fiver.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Raspberry Pi, 28 Oct. 2014
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I wasted more than an hour trying to get this to work but it would not connect my raspberry pi to the wifi. Replaced it by an edimax unit which connected immediately.
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