Can I use a WiFi-adapter with Screenly Pro?

Absolutely. We do however still recommend that you use a wired connection for production deployments. If you still want to use WiFi, this is how you do it.

Here is what you need to do to get started:

  • Download the Screenly Pro disk image (version 2015-11-23 or later)
  • Write out the disk image to the SD card you’ll use
  • Configure the networking settings as per “Usage” below

Supported devices
Before you get started, it is important that you’re using a supported WiFi dongle. Here are the WiFi dongles supported by Screenly:

  • The official USB WiFi Dongle from the Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • The built-in WiFi in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • Edimax N150 Wi-Fi Nano USB Adapter

 

Usage
To configure WiFi for Screenly Pro is much like configuring a device with a Static IP. The easiest way to do this is to use Screenly Configuration Wizard.

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Once you have generated the configuration file, save it to the boot partition of your SD card. On a Windows or macOS computer, this is the only partition that will show up when you insert the SD card into your computer.

Alternatively, you can create a file called network.ini on the boot partition (or just copy the existing sample file). Assuming that you’re looking to use DHCP, you would add the following stanza to the file:

[wlan0]
ssid=NameOfYourNetwork
passphrase=YourNetworkPassword

With this done, simply save the file and boot up your Raspberry Pi.

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