GoPiGo with RPI zero w requires a wifi dongle?


#1

Hi all,

I am interested in using a Raspberry Pi Zero W on a GoPiGo robot.

I have seen it is possible to use a Raspberry Pi Zero with a GoPiGo:

https://www.dexterindustries.com/projects/gopigo-raspberry-pi-zero/

however this requires a wifi dongle.

My first question is: since I have a Raspberry Pi zero W do I still need that ?
I installed CINCH on an SD card and turned on the Raspberry Py but the dex network does not appear so maybe I do need the dongle?

Second question is, if I do need the wifi dongle, does it come with the GoPiGo base kit ?

Thank you very much,
Alex.


#2

Hi @alex.farinelli,

The Raspberry Pi Zero W already has a built-in WiFi module, so you are all set. No need to buy a WiFi dongle. With that being said, this means the GoPiGo base kit does not come with a WiFi dongle.

Regarding Cinch, can you describe us the steps you have followed?

Also, @cleoqc, what do you think?

Thank you!


#3

Hi @RobertLucian,

thanks for your answer!

I downloaded Cinch from here:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/dexterindustriesraspbianflavor/files/Cinch/

and followed the instruction provided here:
https://www.dexterindustries.com/howto/install-raspbian-for-robots-image-on-an-sd-card/

to build a microSD card.

Everything seems to work fine with flashing the card. I then inserted the card into my Raspberry Pi and power it throw a usb cable.

The card turns on and after some booting time (green light flashing) I got a steady green light.

I then looked for a network named dex with my laptop but could not find it.

Any idea on what should I do to connect via the built-in WIFI module to the Raspberry Pi Zero W ?

Thanks!


#4

Hi @alex.farinelli,

That’s peculiar. Do you happen to have by chance a regular Raspberry Pi 3 to test with?
We might try running that on a Raspberry Pi 3 instead and if it still doesn’t work, then there’s something bad with Cinch itself.

Thank you!


#5

Hi @RobertLucian,

unfortunately I do not have a Raspberry Pi 3 immediately available, but I might be able to ask around for one and see if I can do a quick test. To make sure I understand you propose to insert the same SD card on a Raspberry Pi 3 and check if the network dex appears ?

While I look around for the Raspberry Pi 3 if you can think of any other test to do please let me know.

Thanks.


#6

Hi @alex.farinelli,

To make sure I understand you propose to insert the same SD card on a Raspberry Pi 3 and check if the network dex appears ?

That’s correct, you’re right.

And if anything shows up on my side, I’ll let you know.

Thank you!