Raspberry Pi Model B+ USB WiFi Adapter Tests

 

Raspberry Pi 2 and Models A / A+ / B / B+ USB WiFi Adapter Tests

Update #1 – Sep.7, 2014: Added Edimax EW-7811Un, Element-14 WiPi and TP-LINK TL-725N tests for Raspberry Pi Model A / Model B / Model B+

Update #2 – April 21, 2015: Added Raspberry Pi Model A+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B results

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Last year I had a heck of a time finding a USB WiFi adapter that would work with my Model B based SPRITE robot plugged straight into my Pi.

After testing five different WiFi adapters that I had in my lab, I only found one that would work reliably on SPRITE’s Model B Raspberry Pi without using a powered hub.

With this update, I have now tested eight adapters, three of which will work reliably on a Model B without needing a powered hub!

Raspberry Pi Model B+ WiFi Adapter Tests

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Fast forward to last week – and the release of the new Raspberry Pi Model B+ … which not only had four USB ports, but a much improved power regulation circuitry.

I wondered… would more of the USB WiFi adapters work on the B+?

YES!!!

This suggested that the Model A, with its single USB port and lower power consumption, may also be able to support more WiFi sticks than the old model B (without an external powered hub)

Raspberry Pi WiFi (without hub) Results

USB WiFi Stick Chipset Model B+ Model B Model A Model A+ Rpi 2
Netis WF-2111 Realtek RTL811f YES YES YES YES YES
Patriot PCBOWAU2-N Realtek R8712u YES NO YES YES YES
LEGUANG LG-N19 ? Ralink rt2x00 YES NO YES YES YES
RetailPlus+ WL-6203 Realtek RTL8191S YES NO YES YES YES
KEEBOX W150NUv1.0 Ralink rt2x00 NO NO NO YES YES
EdiMax EW-7811Un Realtek RTL8192cu YES YES YES YES YES
WiPi OYR-COMFAST88 Ralink rt2800usb YES YES YES YES YES
TP-LINK TL-WN725N Realtek RTL817X NO* NO* NO* NO* NO*

NOTE: Your mileage may vary, as sometimes manufacturing changes are made to WiFi adapters without changing the model name or number.

Raspberry Pi WiFi (with powered hub) Results

USB WiFi Stick Chipset B+ Hub B Hub A Hub Model A+
Netis WF-2111 Realtek RTL811f YES YES YES YES
Patriot PCBOWAU2-N Realtek R8712u YES YES YES YES
LEGUANG LG-N19 ? Ralink rt2x00 YES YES YES YES
RetailPlus+ WL-6203 Realtek RTL8191S YES YES YES YES
KEEBOX W150NUv1.0 Ralink rt2x00 YES YES NO YES
EdiMax EW-7811Un Realtek RTL8192cu YES YES YES YES
WiPi OYR-COMFAST88 Ralink rt2800usb YES YES YES YES
TP-LINK TL-WN725N Realtek RTL817X NO* NO* NO* NO*

NOTE: Your mileage may vary, as sometimes manufacturing changes are made to WiFi adapters without changing the model name or number.

There is a (long) thread on the Raspberry Pi forums on how to get the TL-WN725N working with the Raspberry Pi. I was hoping the needed fixes were incorporated in the Rasbian I installed on the B+, however that was not the case. I will try the fixes in the future, and update my test results as appropriate.

I intend to update this article as I get more different WiFi adapters to test.

If you have any questions, you can discuss them in the Raspberry Pi WiFi Adapter Tests forum.

For more details, please see the individual pages for the specific WiFi adapters, which includes the kernel dmesg output when the adapters were plugged in.

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