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, despite this recommendation, 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 will use.
  • Configure the networking settings as per the “Usage” section 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 / B+
  • Edimax N150 Wi-Fi Nano USB Adapter

 

Usage
Configuring WiFi for Screenly Pro is much like configuring a device with a Static IP. The easiest way to do this is to use the 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 you can just copy the existing sample file). If you want to use DHCP, you need to add the following lines 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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