From the outset, the adapter had worked plug & play like a charm.
Just recently performance was degraded and it completely stopped working (I believe it happened after a recent osmc update - not 100% sure, though).
I tried the following:
plugged the WiFi adapter to the other RPi USB port - it does not work (I am using a bluetooth mouse that works perfectly on both USB ports)
plugged the Rpi via Ethernet - it works fine
at this stage I thought the WiFi adapter was dead. I still decided to try it on a Win 7 PC. After installing Belkin recommended driver it worked perfectly (I am currently posting through it).
What shall I do to get the WiFi adapter to work again on my RPi/OSMC?
Thanks Sam. Indeed found this post when looking even deeper
What would you then recommend? Roll back to a previous version/kernel? (How?) Buy a supported WiFi adapter? (Where can find a list?) Use Ethernet if I can? (A nice cable is currently hanging above my living room, which my wife does not like too much :)) Other ideas?
I need further help. Sorry first time downgradind a kernel. See below:
root@osmc:/home/osmc# dpkg-reconfigure rbp1-image-4.14.78-4-osmc dpkg-query: package ‘rbp1-image-4.14.78-4-osmc’ is not installed and no informat ion is available Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files, and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents. /usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: rbp1-image-4.14.78-4-osmc is not installed
You’re aiming to create a situation that is unsustainable, in that you’re going to be stuck on the 4.14 kernel. At some point, something must give. Either you’ll need to upgrade the WiFi adapter – or, better still, upgrade the Pi – or OSMC will eventually stop working on the 4.14 kernel.
As you’ve discovered, the dpkg-reconfigure command needs the package to be already installed on the system. It should be possible to reinstall rbp1-image-4.14.78-4-osmc, since you still have the package’s .deb file, though it’s going to be a bit of a hack. Are you sure you want to go down this path?
I don’t want to get any hopes up – but it’s possible we can reintroduce support for some adapters soon in a new update. But this is a stop-gap; and once we move off 4.19, we will be in a similar boat. We are only then prolonging the inevitable; but as Pi 4 will be supported by then, we’ll probably see an ever shrinking user base which need to rely on an external Wifi adapter.
Hi Sam - Thank you. Spot on: that is exactly what we need - support for this family of adapters until Pi 4 will be supported. My wife is getting crazy with the cable To manage her expectations, when can we hope to have a new update meeting this need?