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Is there a way I can connect a desktop wifi chip to my raspberry pi two? Just for clarification, not the usb adapter but an actual wifi chip.

  • What connections does the desktop wifi chip provide? – joan Jan 23 '16 at 20:18
  • Unfortunately, I do not have the wifi chip with me. But, what connections would the pi allow? – Martin Jan 23 '16 at 20:44
  • I am not aware of any. I do know someone hacked a Pi Zero to attach a wifi chip directly to some pads. – joan Jan 23 '16 at 21:03
  • @joan Technically that hack still involved USB. – Gene Jan 24 '16 at 9:28
  • @Martin Your connection options are SPI, GPIO shield, and the almighty USB. – Gene Jan 24 '16 at 9:35
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If you're just interested in attaching a non-USB WiFi device, you may want to take a look at an ESP8266 WiFi module (or chip).

In fact, there is an Instructable guide just for that: http://www.instructables.com/id/Connect-an-ESP8266-to-your-RaspberryPi/

Note: It's not that great for full-blown WiFi comms. Maybe serial.

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