To start, I have been looking through alot of similar questions, but they all seemed to have the same solution that didnt work for me. I am working on a PI 1 Model B. This doesn't have Wifi onboard, so I have a 802.11n usb wifi connecter. I have used this PI before and have been able to connect to the internet, and while not impossible, i would highly doubt the board has been damaged since then.

I recently installed a fresh instance of the Raspbian from the imager, and have it set up a "connected to the wifi". I am able to ssh into the machine, and it shows wifi bars above, but I cannot use the terminal for any internet facing tasks, such as pinging a location off my network. Strangely I am to connect to use the browser to connect to the internet, though verrrrry slowly; sugesting the problem lies with the terminal set-up somehow.

Some of the solutions I have tried include:

1) Adding the one of following to my /etc/network/interfaces file

#Attempt 1
auto lo

inface lo inet loopback
inface eth0 inet dhcp

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_suppliciant.conf
iface default inet dhcp

#Attempt 2
iface wlan0 inet static

#Both attempts disabled my connection not allowing me to ssh in until i removed them.

I also have this in my /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf file


where both name and password are correct.

2) Using a ethernet cable, didnt seem to change any of this, beyond the ip address being used.

3) A number of small changes to the above attempts, none of which were meaningfully different from what I could see, and none worked better, and weren't trying to solve my route problem.

The output of route -n is (note the Ip address was 192.168.1 113 for wifi and 101 for ethernet, not sure if they are meant to appear in the routing table or not.)

Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface         UG    303    0        0 wlan0   U     303    0        0 wlan0

So, that leaves the underlying problem. Why can my terminal not ping www.google.com / install any packages, but it can browse the web?

EDIT: The wifi dongle being used works on a windows machine, and worked on the PI when i used it before a couple of years ago on a different install


It may be quickest to start from a fresh image.

In file


have the following entry, changing GB to your country code.

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

    ssid="your ssid"
    psk="your password"

Undo every other change you have made to network settings.

  • This is what it was set up as initially, but does not work, just tried it, including a reboot – Lily Kavanagh May 15 '20 at 15:04
  • Perhaps you have a faulty or unsupported wireless dongle. I suggest you edit your question staring from this base and add any diagnostics you can think of. – joan May 15 '20 at 15:18
  • It also doesnt seem to work with ethernet, so Im not sure its a problem there. Ill try see if i can test out it on a seperate system first. – Lily Kavanagh May 15 '20 at 15:21
  • Wifi dongle works fine on a windows PC, and has worked fine in the past with the PI (last used maybe a couple of years ago with a differnent install – Lily Kavanagh May 15 '20 at 15:48

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