Further to my comprehensive Raspberry Pi XBMC guide, this tutorial will show you how to install Raspberry Pi OpenELEC distribution and configure wireless USB WiFi adapter in 3 easy steps.
Many people have been struggling to get a wireless adapter working with their Raspberry Pi. Thanks to OpenELEC Operating System, it is now quite easy to configure WLAN inside XBMC.
The installation procedure with Linux is a bit more advanced compared to the Raspbmc installation with Windows, so if you are not familiar with Linux or using a command line to install software, I would suggest trying the Raspbmc first.
There are also instructions available to install OpenELEC with Windows at the Squirrel Hosting Blog. However, you still need to complete the step 3 in this guide to get the wireless connection working.
Do you already have the Raspberry Pi and required accessories? If not, I have created a resource page where you can easily find the tested and proven components.
So, let’s get started…
If you don’t have a computer with Linux Operating System, start with this step. If you already have Linux, you can jump directly to step 2.
The latest sources for the Raspberry Pi OpenELEC images are archived here, where you can check the version number.
Installation is finished, so unplug your SD card and place it in your Raspberry Pi.
Connect the HDMI cable, plug in the ethernet cable, WiFi USB adapter and USB keyboard/remote and power it on.
Please note that your wireless SSID name should not be hidden or include empty spaces.
That’s it, now you have successfully installed OpenELEC with WiFi connection.
Fine-tune your Raspberry Pi OpenELEC experience with these XBMC customization tips that will help you to set things up properly with the right skin and settings.