I'm trying to hook up my Wi-Fi adapter(TP-Link TL-WN725N v1) to my Raspberry Pi Zero.

Even though I'm able to find some drivers for the adapter for some of the Raspberry revisions(model 3, 2B), I don't see anything listed for the Zero or anything for the kernel version 4.14.79+.

Has anyone ever made this Wi-Fi adapter work with the Zero?

  • so, the *.4.14.79-1159.tar.gz files, like 8188eu-4.14.79-1159.tar.gz don't work? - oh, wait, what you linked to was drivers for TP-Link TL-WN725N v2 ... Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 23:09
  • @JaromandaX yeah, that’s straw one and the other is that there is no mention of rPi Zero anywhere. Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 9:14

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I've handled it by following the instructions in here.

It turns out that Raspbian Stretch comes with the necessary firmware. So it was just about entering in my Wi-Fi credentials.

  • For posterity, you could have saved yourself some hassle by checking ip link for the interface. On a stock Pi Zero, you would normally just have one listing, loopback (lo). If there is an additional one and you have a wifi adapter plugged in, that's what it will be (probably wlan0), indicating there is a driver in place already. Beware the the XY problem!
    – goldilocks
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 15:20
  • @goldilocks While you're technically correct, there are just two microUSB inputs on an rPi Zero; one is for USB while the other for power. Since I had to do some configurations first(hence requiring internet), I'd to route my notebook's internet to my rPi Zero via USB. Therefore I couldn't insert my Wi-Fi dongle at the same time since I don't have the proper hub. Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 15:25

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