WiFi Modules for BeagleBone Black rev. C


I’d like to ask about the current examples of WiFi modules for BeagleBone Black rev. C – on the latest Debian version ( AM3358 Debian 10.3 2020-04-06 4GB SD IoT ). I’ve found some of the examples on the elinux.org but I’m not sure if they are up to date.

My initial success included doing a google search on various wireless driver names listed in the kernel, including realtek (etc). I scored an initial dongle that had an RTL8187 class chipset from “Plugable” model USB-WIFINT.

It didn’t have the ability to go into “access point” mode, which is something I really want. (think ability to connect and surf to its own web server without external influence)

Right now I’m trying to get one of Microchips ATWILC3000 class of modules going.

If you’re interested, I can say that I’ve had some success getting SPI1 to work, though it destabilized kernels 4.19 and 5.10 in the process. The latest drivers from Microchip did build with kernel version 5.15.49-bone-rt-r25, but right now I’m running into issues where it’s not properly initializing the SPI channel. Other modules that are available without having to solder down a module are Microchip’s WILC3000 shield and MikroBus’s WINC3400 module.