Raspberry Pi Wireless Options

Looking to expand your latest Raspberry Pi project beyond its Ethernet ties?

Below we take a look at a few possible choices including USB WiFi, WiFi Shields, Bluetooth, WiFi/Bluetooth USB CombosRF Add-ons, and Cellular solutions to help get your wireless project up and running.

USB WiFi

dyanmax-usb-wifi Dynamode: Wireless Nano USB 150 Mbps Adapter - WL-700N-RXS


Price:
10.98 (Amazon)
£5.85 (Amazon UK)
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edimax Edimax: EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless 11n Nano Size USB Adapter

Note: With Raspbian Wheezy release (2012-09-18-Wheezy) this should be recognized immediately by the Pi,

Price: 
$10.99 (Amazon)
£8.26 (Amazon UK)
$9.99 NewEgg
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adafruit-wifin Adafruit: USB WiFi (802.11b/g/n) Module with Antenna for Raspberry Pi

Description

"We tried half a dozen modules to find ones that work well with the Pi and Bone without the need of recompiling any kernels: its supported by the Bone's Angstrom installation that comes with each Bone as well as the Adafruit Occidentalis distribution. You'll have wireless Internet in 10 minutes! Works great with 802.11b/g/n networks."

Price:
$24.95 
 
airlink-raspberry Airlink AWLL5099: Fully compatible Wireless N 150 Ultra Mini-USB Adapter

Price:
$10.85 (Amazon)
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belkin Belkin  f6d4050 150n Wireless Usb Adapter

Price:
$24.99 (Belkin)
$12.60 (Amazon)
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Tutorials:
 
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Notes:
- Keep in mind Wi-Fi can draw more power than the Raspberry Pi USB port can provide out of the box.
- WiFi adapters that support the RTL8192cu chipset are helpful as it is supported in both the latest Raspbian release and Adafruits Occidentalis distributions.

- Raspbian releases after 2012-10-28 include a WiFi configuration utility.
 

 

RF:

slice-of-radio Ciseco: Slice of Radio

Description: 
The Slice of Radio is an easy to use, secure, two way RF transceiver for the Raspberry Pi. Comes as a pre built module so is plug and play, it utilises the Raspberry Pi's on board serial port (UART @ 9600bps) for communication so needs no driver. Being so low profile, the Slice of Radio will fit inside some Pi cases, the Stealth and Pi-Bow have been tried already.

Price:
£9.99 (inc VAT)

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Installation Guide 
 
slice-of-pi Ciseco Slice of Pi

Description:
The Slice of Pi is a convienient 3 in 1 product. In addition to being a small break out board for the Raspberry PI pins, it has also a socket for a wireless module and a small prototyping area. An XBee style connector for XRF (£11.88) / XBee / RN-XV ($34.95) etc, and can support OTAMP (over the air micro programming) to another XRF family device.

Price:
£3.90 (inc VAT) 

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  • Dr Monk: Raspberry Pi and Wireless Sensor
    "
    In this blog entry, I used one of their wireless sensor modules (in this case temperature) with a pair of XRF RF modems to add remote wireless temperature sensing to the Raspberry Pi using the serial connection on the GPIO pins." 
 
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WiFi Shield:

raspberry-pi-wifi-shield-cooking-hacks Cooking Hacks: Raspberry Pi WiFi Shield

Description: 
Wifi shield for Raspberry Pi allows to communicate your Raspberry Pi with your router through WiFi protocol. The RN-XV module by Roving Networks is a certified Wi-Fi solution especially designed for customer who want to migrate their existing 802.15.4 architecture to a standard TCP/IP based platform without having to redesign their existing hardware.

Price:
€80.00

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USB WiFi/Bluetooth Combo:

planex-bluetooth-wifi-raspberry-pi PLANEX 2 in 1 Micro Size USB Bluetooth3.0 WiFi Combo Adapter -(BT-Micro3H2X)
- Product page (In Japanese)

Description
"Motorola employs highly stable stack, combo Bluetooth & Wi-Fi USB adapter of two one role. Bluetooth: support standard Bluetooth ver 3.0 + HS, WiFi: IEEE802.11n, IEEE802.11g, IEEE802.11b"

Price:
$27.64 (Amazon)

 
cirago-bluetooth-wifi Cirago Bluetooth 3.0 High Speed & Wi-Fi Combo USB Mini Adapter, Class 2 (BTA7300)

Description:
"The adapter combines the latest Bluetooth 3.0 + HS technology with 802.11n Wi-Fi capabilities. Without interference between the two signals, it supports Wi-Fi transfer rate of up to 150 Mbps and Bluetooth of up to 24 Mbps - up to eight times faster than Bluetooth 2.1 and Bluetooth 3.0!"

Price:
$26.80 (Amazon)
$39.99 Manufacturer


Lindy USB Bluetooth 3.0 HS + WLAN Adapter, Class 2 (Lindy No.52213): £33.46
 
  Notes:
- Connection drivers help: BlueZBlueman GUI
- Keep in mind Wi-Fi/Bluetooth dongles can draw more power than the Pi USB port can provide out of the box.
- Raspberry Pi Forum Thread: Wi-fi/Bluetooth combo dongle 

 

Bluetooth:

bluetooth-pi-shield Cooking Hacks: Bluetooth Shield For Raspberry Pi

Description: 
Bluetooth shield for Raspberry Pi allows to get a serial communication between your Raspberry Pi and other devices through Bluetooth protocol.

Price:
€86.00

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Pro Version: €115.00

"The Bluetooth PRO shield for Raspberry Pi has been mainly designed to discover high amount of bluetooth devices along with its RSSI and Class of Device (CoD)." 
 
bluetooth-modmypi ModMyPi: Nano USB to Bluetooth Dongle V2.0: £2.99

- Instructions

DFRobot: Bluetooth Adapter Mini Raspberry Pi Compatible: $4.95
 
jy-mcu JY-MCU Arduino Bluetooth Wireless Serial Port Module

Description:
"The Bluetooth wireless serial port module, Drop-in replacement for wired serial connections, transparent usage. You can use it. It is simply for a serial port replacement to establish connection between MCU and GPS, PC to your embedded project and etc."

Price:
$8.20 (Deal Extreme)
$11.29 (DH Gate)
$14.28 (Amazon)

Tutorial:
 
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btinterface BTInterface: (App)
"BTInterface is an Android application for communicating with a micro controller device such as the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, PIC or others to provide control functions and much more over a bluetooth serial connection."

- Intro Video

 

Cellular:

gprs-raspberry-pi Cooking Hacks: GPRS Sim900 Shield For Raspberry Pi

Description: 
"GPRS SIM900 shield for Raspberry Pi offers GPRS connection to your Raspberry Pi board. It includes the SIM900 communication module from SIMCom. It is necessary an antenna in order to establish a communication."

Price:
103.00

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3g-raspberry-pi Cooking Hacks: 3g/GPRS Shield For Raspberry Pi (3g+gps)

Description
"This 3G shield for Raspberry enables the connectivity to high speed WCDMA and HSPA cellular networks in order to make possible the creation of the next level of worldwide interactivity projects inside the new "Internet of Things" era using your Raspberry Pi. Antennas not included."

Price:
189.00

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3g-usb Huawei E173 Unlocked HSDPA 7.2Mbps GSM 3G USB Modem

Description:
"Simply place your data enabled SIM (Not Included) into the Huawei E173 HSPA USB and plug the modem into the USB Slot on your laptop. Specifications: HSDPA/UMTS/WCDMA 2100MHz GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz HSDPA data transfer speed up to 7.2 Mpbs"

Price:
$29.39 (Amazon)
 
Franklin U600 from Sprint / VirginMobile (plans)

$34.88 (Walmart)
$57.66 (Amazon)
$69.99 (Virgin) 

- Linux instructions 

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  • RockBLOCK: RockBLOCK can send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a view of the sky using the Iridium Satellite network ‘Short Burst Data’ (SBD). Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers (including Raspberry PI™) and many other platforms with USB or serial ports.

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Notes:
- Keep in mind 3g dongle can draw more power than the Raspberry Pi USB port can provide out of the box.
 

 


 

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Links / Logo Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation