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Raspberry Pi Zero Micro USB WiFi Dongle Set-Up Guide

August 08, 2016

This tutorial is aimed at those who are looking to use our micro USB WiFi dongle with their Raspberry Pi Zero. You need some way of setting up a WiFi connection without the dongle being plugged in, as you'll need to have your keyboard/mouse plugged in, taking up the only micro USB port on the Pi Zero!

Once the WiFi connection has been setup, you'll then be able to unplug your keyboard/mouse and plug your micro USB WiFi dongle in, and access your Pi via SSH or any other internet related method!

Start by editing the wpa-supplicant config file:

sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Add the following snippet, replacing the details with your own.



Exit and save the file with Ctrl+X followed by Y, then Enter.

Shutdown your Pi.

sudo shutdown -h now

Plug in your WiFi dongle, and power the Pi back up. Your Pi should automatically now connect to your network!

If you want to set up a static IP address (so you know exactly what IP address your Pi has when you're trying to connect to it), then we have a full guide here.

Last update: April 24, 2017

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