Our Picks for Top Raspberry Pi Wireless Adapter / Dongles

By | February 2, 2015

Getting a Raspberry Pi talking to a wireless network is a straight forward process with a few minor hurdles. I use mine mainly with XBMC / Kodi to stream movies and watch my favorite TV shows.
There is a few things to watch for though, one being that the 5 volts DC a wireless USB adapter needs to run is not well supplied on Raspberry Pi. While it does supply some voltage the amps are so low that a USB adapter will need to have a low power draw.
One way to fix this, and the easiest, is to use a USB hub that supplies its own power.
Another way is to supply the 5 Volts by splicing a USB cable and using a battery pack, or old phone charger.
There are adapters that don’t need extra power to run and work good with a Raspberry Pi.
The next thing to look for is the chipset a USB adapter / dongle uses.
The chipset built into a USB wifi adapter is what makes it compatible with a Raspberry Pi.
Wireless Chipsets known to work with a Raspberry Pi.
Ralink rt2800usb
Ralink RT3070
Realtek 8187L
Broadcom BCM43143
USB adapters / Dongles for the Raspberry Pi 2015.
Wi-Pi Raspberry Pi 802.11n Wireless Adapter

One of the better small WiFi Dongles for the Raspberry Pi.
It also has a nice blue LED on it to show when its connected and working, many dongles don’t have a light. This helps if you leave your Pi powered up for long periods of time.
Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter, Nano Size Lets You Plug it and Forget it, Ideal for Raspberry Pi / Pi2, Supports Windows, Mac OS, Linux (Black/Gold)

Small and cheap the Edimax EW-7811Un is a wireless-N adapter that works well with the RasPi.
5 GHz WiFi adapter / dongle for Raspberry Pi
Tenda 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter (W522U)

top compatible Raspberry Pi wireless adapter dongles

4 thoughts on “Our Picks for Top Raspberry Pi Wireless Adapter / Dongles

  1. Gordon Hollingworth

    You should note that the Wi-Pi dongle is not the official Raspberry Pi one… This is just something created by one of the distributors.

    The official dongle is available through the swag store and contains the BCM43143 chipset

    Gordon Hollingworth


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