USB WiFi Dongle Declaration

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Recently many people has the question about USB WiFi adapter. I will explain the type of the USB adapter, and tell all which adapter could be used.

The chip of the most USB WiFi dongle is Realtek based. There are mainly two serial driver: 8188 and 8192.
8188cus, 8188cu, 8192 chip use the 8192 driver.
8188eus, 8188eu, 8188tv chip use the 8188eu driver.

So you should first check which chip your USB WiFi adapter use. You can use
  1. lsusb
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to roughly identify it.

For now three images we have released, the RP and CB image could use the 8192 driver serial chip, the Android image could use the 8188eu driver serial chip.
I have 2 USB Wi-Fi dongles that work out of the box with the Raspberry Pi.

1) Ralink RT5370
2) D-Link DWA-121 (8188CUS)

Neither work on any image on the Banana Pi. Any thoughts on when the 8188CUS driver will be available for either you Android or Raspbian images please?


8188CUS is working on RP for BP and CP for BP image now, I have tested it many times. Just the android image should use the 8188eu.


Any idea if a RealTek chipset RTL-8188ETV can be used on an Android devices?



Any idea if a RealTek chipset RTL-8188ETV can be used on an Android devices?


Reply 5# nickyng

It's OK on Android image.

RTL8188CUS confirmed to work out of the box with Raspberry Pi for Banana image :
  1. lsusb
  2. Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8176 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN Adapter
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  1. iwconfig
  2. wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any
  3.           Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=20 dBm
  4.           Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr=2347 B   Fragment thr:off
  5.           Power Management:off
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I had no luck getting RT5370 to work under android any help would be much appreciated ;)

How ever RT5370 works under Raspbian_For_BananaPi_v3.0 with no problems

Reply 8# INFO

RT5370 maybe it is 8912 serial, so the Android may not work


sorry guys I am not quite sure what the current status of wifi support is.
I have a Netgear USB Stick, which unfortunately refuses to work for me:
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0846:9041 NetGear, Inc. WNA1000M 802.11bgn [Realtek RTL8188CUS]

I have tried the 8192cu module and also 8818eu module, both will load but no wlan0 interface will come up in ifconfig.
Please any help/advice is much appreciated.

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