Raspberry Pi WiFi 2.4/5GHz Solution

I use a Raspberry Pi as a WiFi Bridge to allow me to login to XFinity WiFi which is closer to my garage than my WiFi router (which is also XFinity – benefits of being a customer). Then all of a sudden I noticed that I had difficulty accessing a network. It appeared that I could not access a 2.4GHz band, just the 5GHz band and that stumped me.

What I found solved my problem is modifying the /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf file to include all the frequencies on both channels and POOF problem solved.

freq_list=2412 2417 2422 2427 2432 2437 2442 2447 2452 2457 2462 2467 2472 5170 5180 5190 5200 5210 5220 5230 5240 5260 5280 5300 5320 5500 5520 5540 5560 5580 5600 5620 5640 5660 5680 5700

I also added a neighbors WiFi who kindly allowed me access to facilitate my Zwift training sessions especially in the winter. Fun challenge.

Installing WiFi with Fedora 24 on HP ProBook 6570b

fedoraI have a HP ProBook 6570b as my work machine and while installing Cinnamon and Fedora 24 I found myself challenged to get WiFi working with the Broadcom WiFi adapter.

How did I solve it?  Well, there were two likely methods that really are the same method, installing the WiFi drivers from the HP Support Site, however, they require a few additional dependencies, notably gcc and the kernel-devel packages.  And the instructions weren’t provided.  Just as I was determining what it was missing I happened across this command:

wget http://git.io/vuLC7 -v -O fedora23_broadcom_wl_install.sh && sh ./fedora23_broadcom_wl_install.sh;

The details of which are located here on a site which some browsers may not like as the site isn’t configured correctly.  Still, the script is available and easily understood from the documentation.

The best part is I now have WiFi and it wasn’t so bad after all.