I would like to use the raspberry pi zero for a internet of things project but it does not have wifi access by default. I would like to use a usb wifi adapter to connect the pi to the Internet. Here are my must haves:

  • be compatible with raspbian
  • be under $10

Here are some features that I would like to have but are not required

  • have compatibility with 5ghz wifi
  • have a microusb connector

I have looked at using a usb wifi adapter with a miniusb to use adapter but that would easily go over $10 and I was wondering if there is anything better.

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    What research have you done on this topic so far?
    – Adam Wykes
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 3:17
  • elinux.org/RPi_USB_Wi-Fi_Adapters A whole bunch of info on compatible adapters.
    – user1691
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 16:17
  • Of curse, nowadays, the correct answer is the Raspberry Pi Zero W
    – Mawg
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 13:55

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What a coincidence, I've also got a RPi Zero. Check this out on Amazon.com,

"Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter"

It's only $8.99. It says it's compatible with RPi and RPi 2. I personally have the wifi dongle that came with the adafruit RPi Zero Starter Pack (which is about $11 w/o shipping).

Hope this is helpful :D

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