USB Wireless Dongle that Works in Raspberry Pi

I had my first raspberry pi way back 2015 but I never get to use it. Back then, that single-board computer doesn’t have a built-in wireless interface. Past forward 2020 and I bought a new PI on Lazada without checking on the specs…so I got a wifi dongle as well.

My pi arrived first and after thoroughly reading the specs, I laughed at myself for buying something that I may never need. Well, I can no longer cancel the order so I nothing more I can do. It’s costs PHP 299.00 including shipping.

When the dongle arrived, I had no expectations. Included in the item was a little cd which I assume is the driver.

Boxed USB Wireless Dongle Item Close-up Look of the USB Wireless Dongle

I never used the CD as I don’t think it would come with a Linux driver. So I plugged it in the raspberry pi and saw this:

root@raspberrypi:/home/pi# lsusb
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp. MT7601U Wireless Adapter
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2109:3431 VIA Labs, Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

2nd row of the output is the wireless adaptor:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp. MT7601U Wireless Adapter

Checked from LanScan and it’s detected: LanScan Devices on my network

Checking from CLI, I’m getting IP addressess assigned to two wireless interfaces: wlan0 which is the one that comes with the Rasperry pi and wlan1 which is the external wireless dongle. Two Wireless Interfaces Seen from ifconfig Two Wireless Interfaces Connected to WIFI Router

Just to make sure the external wireless device works, I turned-off the built-in wlan0: wlan1 Only Then tested by connecting via ssh.

It worked!

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