Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It's capable of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

More information about the Raspberry Pi can be found at: https://www.raspberrypi.org

Installing WiFi adapter on the Raspberry Pi 1 model B

WIFI adapter:

WIFI adapter

WIFI adapter specifications:
  • Realtek 8188 chipset
  • Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
  • Frequency Band 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial Scientific Medical) Band
  • Peak Throughput 150Mbps
  • Channel 1 - 13 channels (Universal Domain Selection)
  • Supports 64/128-bit WEP, as well as WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption.
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Supports wireless roaming technology for high-efficient wireless connections.
  • High speed USB 2.0 Interface
WIFI adapter specifications

Operating system used

Software prerequisites

  1. Plug the USB WIFI adapter on the Raspberry Pi and power up.

  2. Make sure SSH is enabled.

    Goto Kodi home screen
    Select menu: System | OpenELEC
    Select: Services
    Select: Enable SSH

  3. Install Putty on your computer.
    We will remotely access the Raspberry Pi with the computer using the Putty program.

  4. Start Putty and enter the following information:
    Host Name (or IP address):

    Press the Open button.

    Enter the Raspberry Pi IP address

  5. A terminal window opens. Enter the following login information:
    login as: root
    password: openelec

    Enter the Raspberry Pi login information

  6. Check if the operating system recognized the USB WIFI adapter.
    Type: dmesg | more

    You should see:
    [2.699291] usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 4 using dwc_otg
    [2.794064] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8176
    [2.794087] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [2.794099] usb 1-1.2: Product: 802.11n WLAN Adapter
    [2.794110] usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Realtek

  7. The operating system recognizes the USB WIFI adapter. No need to install drivers.

  8. If you have installed OpenElec on the Raspberry Pi, you will see the WIFI connection.

    Goto Kodi home screen
    Select menu: System | OpenELEC
    Select: Connections
    A WIFI connection will be shown.