Buying a USB WiFi Adapter

Look for a WiFi adapter that supports the RTL8192cu chipset, as both the latest Raspbian and Occidentalis distributions both have support for this built-in and we've found its much faster than the Ralink chipsets

If you already have a WiFi adapter, just give it a go, even a lot of the very low cost budget adapters will work without any trouble.

WiFi does however use quite a lot of power, so check the power rating of your power supply. Some WiFi adapters require an external power supply to work well. We suggest the 5V 1A power adapter in our shop if this is the case. All of the WiFi adapters we have in the Adafruit shop will work just fine this way.

If you have a WiFi adapter plugged in, then you no longer have two free USB sockets available for your keyboard and mouse, so you may also need a powered USB hub.

Last updated on 2015-05-04 at 04.27.11 PM Published on 2012-12-10 at 04.10.36 PM