Raspberry Pi with RTL8188CUS 802.11n wifi adapter – Update

I’ve actually been playing around with my Realtek RTL8188CUS wifi adapter and found that the configuration of the wifi adapter without wpa_supplicant seems to be a better way to go.

The information I found below was taken directly from the source Far Robotics Website. Thanks to those folks for posting the 3 methods below;

Installing rtl8188cus and rtl8188eu based wifi adaptors for raspbian without using wpa_supplicant.

Edit the file /etc/network/interfaces using the following format for networks with WPA/WPA2 security. Use the command sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces to open and edit the file. Exit the editor and save the file using keys cntl-X, Y, Enter.  Enclose Your-Network-Name and Your-Network-Password within quotation marks as in the example below.

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid "Your-Network-Name"
wpa-psk "Your-Network-Password"

Edit the file /etc/network/interfaces using the following format for networks using WEP security. Use the command sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces to open and edit the file. Exit the editor and save the file using keys cntl-X, Y, Enter. Do not use quotation marks around Your-Network-Name and Your-Network-Password.

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-essid Your-Network-Name
wireless-key Your-Network-Password

Edit the file /etc/network/interfaces using the following format for networks using no security. Use the  command sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces to open and edit the file. Exit the editor and save the file using keys cntl-X, Y, Enter. Do not use quotation marks around Your-Network-Name.

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-essid Your-Network-Name

If you have success and/or failure, be sure to post a comment. Feedback is always most welcome.

XPEnology DSM 4.2 on HP N40L Microserver Follow up

I’ve noticed that my earlier post (here) on running XPEnology DSM 4.2 on a HP N40L Microserver gets a large number of hits on a weekly basis. Thought it might be a good time to post a follow up.

The software appeared to install fine and appeared to be operational much like a Synology NAS.

However despite everything seeming okay it was still a hack to get this working on a HP N40L Microserver no matter which way you look at it. I couldn’t get over that thought and as such wasn’t about to trust my data on the system.

So I opted to not use XPEnology DSM 4.2 on my HP N40L Microserver in the end. However I am sure plenty of people do use it and have no problem doing so. If you find any of my posts on this subject, and go on to use it. By all means post a comment so others can see that it’s being used by people with no problem.

Noontec N5 Gigalink Firmware

Looks like my Noontec N5 Gigalink came with a firmware revision of;

J1.02K3_L1.04T Ver: 1.1.8_USB2.0_(CN36)

While it appears a newer one is available, as per the blog post here.

I might update mine, as I am curious to see how they improved it. Although the firmware I am running I haven’t had any issues with. Even got static ip address working fine, however it was a bit of a fumble around to work out where to set it.

I think the Web UI needs a bit of study and changes for usability. Not sure who designed it, but its pretty much all over the place for arrangement of features/settings.

Microsoft Surface RT

I ended up buying a Microsoft Surface RT tablet, as they dropped in price quite a lot. I ended up getting one for $223 AUD locally from JB Hi Fi.

I know this model has been replaced by Microsoft Surface 2, but for the price I paid it was a good pickup.

The thing that attracted me to the units is how smooth they are to use. Being able to split the screen and show 2 applications at the same time was something I really liked. In addition, the micro SD card slot and USB port was something feature wise I could appreciate.

So far I am really happy with the unit and continue to appreciate the hardware and software. If I had a complaint it would be that I cannot find an Password Safe application in the Windows App Store that can read/write psafe3 files. If I find one I will post back.

Surprised no one has compiled and posted a Putty arm based build, as that too would be nice to have available.

All in all still very impressed.