I am trying to build an XBMC media center with my Raspberry Pi. Everything works great - except the one thing I really need, Wifi! (My router is on the other side of the house and I don't like the idea of having to run 50ft of cable everywhere just to get internet). I bought the WiPi adapter and have been - for the past 2 full days - been trying to get it to work.
I have done the following:
Tried to use Network Manager
go into /etc/network/interfaces and manually add the connection
test the voltage on my power supply (tried two of them). Getting 4.94V solid.
unplugged every other thing except for my ethernet cable
The device is listed when I run lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9514 Standard Microsystems Corp. Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp. Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1a2c:0002 Bus 001 Device 005: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter
and when I run iwconfig I get this:
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management:on lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions.
I have also noticed the following peculiar behavior (which might explain why some of the other things haven't been working).
When I sudo shutdown-h now my raspberry pi, the wifi dongle indicator light comes on, as if it were working. The second I start it up again, the dongle indicator light goes out! Some sort of interference perhaps? I turned off the electronics in the vicinity, and no change. I'm stumped as to what I'm doing wrong, I got the WiPi because I was told I wouldn't need a powered USB hub.
Nothing has worked, I'm out of ideas so I've turned to you guys.