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    Raspberry pi zero wireless

    Hello all

    I am quite new to this and would love to know is it is possible to feed data with raspberry pi zero wireless?

    I see lots of guides using Ethernet but not wireless

    Would allow me to place it in a better location with better reception!
    Cheers


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    I never used Raspberry Pi zero W, but have used the mini wifi dongle shown below. I have used it with my RPi B+ and RPi Model2, and it worked good with both.

    I used to feed adsb data to following sites through this wifi dongle:
    1) Flightradar24
    2) Planefinder
    3) Flightaware
    4) Adsbexchange.

    I did not notice any problem feeding all 4 sites through this mini wifi dongle. Based on this experience, I feel that the Pi zero w should also be ok on wifi.

    Price:Canadian $2.50
    Mini 150Mbps USB WiFi 802.11n/g/b 2.4GHz
    Chipset: RTL8188CU.

    Last edited by abcd567; 2017-06-14 at 23:51.

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    I use a RasPi 3 instead of a Zero, but i use Wifi as well since my Cable Bear is too small to add another LAN Cable.
    Works great.

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    I'm interested in trying this as well.
    I don't see why it wouldn't work as I've had my rPi 2 running with a WiFi dongle for a couple years now.

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    Hi,
    I just installed flightrader24 on raspberry pi zero wireless.
    It's running perfectly - really no problems at all... (and I haven't much experience setting up Pi's...)
    Attach a monitor and keyboard via mini-hdmi+usb the first time You start it up, to be able to enter the wifi-informations.
    regards
    Jesper

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    Can someone explain me how to send the data via wifi? I want to plug off my cable.
    I use a raspberry pi 3 with the fr24 image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatzenOtte View Post
    Can someone explain me how to send the data via wifi? I want to plug off my cable.
    I use a raspberry pi 3 with the fr24 image.
    1) You can easily find the answer by Google search.
    2) You can also find answer by going to page https://www.raspberrypi.org/document...configuration/

    Anyway, here is the method for fr24 image (PI24):

    Open file wpa_supplicant.conf in nano editor
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    The file will show following text:

    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
    update_config=1

    Go to the bottom of the file and add the text shown in red:
    Replace YOUR_WIFI_SSID by actual ssid of your wifi, and YOUR_WIFI_PASSWORD by actual password of your wifi
    Code:
    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
    update_config=1
    
    network={
        ssid="YOUR_WIFI_SSID"
        psk="YOUR_WIFI_PASSWORD"
    }
    Save the file (Ctrl+o) and close the nano editor (Ctrl+x)

    Now the final step:
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    Last edited by abcd567; 2017-08-05 at 23:02.

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    Thanks for that good solution. Now I found it on the internet, my problem was that I didn't know the base of the FR24 image. Now I know and it works fine for me, thanks a lot. With your help I could put my receiver to the roof and now have a better performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesperD View Post
    Hi,
    I just installed flightrader24 on raspberry pi zero wireless.
    It's running perfectly - really no problems at all... (and I haven't much experience setting up Pi's...)
    Attach a monitor and keyboard via mini-hdmi+usb the first time You start it up, to be able to enter the wifi-informations.
    regards
    Jesper
    Jesper - I am very pleased to see you were able to get this running with the Pi Zero W. I was not able myself, for some reason, so I wonder if you could elaborate on the steps you took? Did you use the Pi24 image provided by Flightradar24? What size SD card were you using for this? I'm pretty much unable to get the wlan0 interface recognized full stop, even after the interfaces and wpa_supplicant.conf file edits.

    Note, I am not an experienced guy on raspbian or raspberry pi

    Gunnar

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    Hi Gunnar,
    No I initially startet with a NOOB-image before I installed the unify-sw, and that probably made it a easier - on startup I was presented the setup menu and could choose wifi.
    Did You update the wpa_supplicant.conf with a network={ssid="xxxxx" psk="yyyy"} ?
    Are You able to se the wifi using "sudo iwlist wlan0 scan" ?
    regards
    Jesper

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