I bought a Dynamode nano USB adapter which I would like to use with my OpenElec (FRODO) Pi.

The Pi is able to connect to the internet using a LAN connection (using a static IP). When I try to use the wifi dongle, I am however not able to get it to connect to the internet.

I have tried the built-in settings as well as downloading Network Manager. This failed because I believe it is only on Ubuntu.

The configurations I have tested was both static and dynamic, and the info is correct.

Maybe this is a driver issue, but I have plugged in the dongle while an Ethernet cable is plugged into the Pi. Not sure if I perhaps have to run a command of some sort.

I have configured numerous devices to connect to a Wi-Fi network, but I am unable to accomplish this with the Pi. Any assistance would be appreciated.

  • If you plug the Wi-Fi USB dongle into an externally powered USB hub which is, in turn, connected to the RPi, does the issue persist? That is to say: Is it the typical lack of available current as Steve suggests, or; the OpenElec issue, as suggested by UbanPykey? Nov 11, 2015 at 14:12

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Problems with wifi dongles are usually down to a lack of power. Is the wifi dongle connected to the Pi's USB socket, or is it connected to a USB hub? The Pi's USB socket may not able to supply enough current to the wifi dongle.

  • the dongle is directly connect to the Pi. There is also no other USB devices connected to it. I use the XBMC Remote app to control the device.
    – Carike
    Sep 25, 2013 at 12:17
  • You could try using different power supplies - you might get lucky. The best thing to do would be try it with a powered USB hub. That way the dongle draws power from the hub's supply rather than the Pi's.
    – Steve
    Sep 25, 2013 at 18:59

On openelec if you have an Ethernet cable plugged in it will use that. It is only designed as a single network connection system. To get wireless to work you have to unplug the Ethernet.

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