(For the benefit of fellow “embedded systems” students…)
If you’re having trouble getting the Patriot USB wireless adapter working with the BeagleBone, I found this Raspberry Pi forum post really useful. You have to change the commands slightly for the Beagle.
To download the driver and install it, run the following on your Beagle:
ubuntu@arm $ wget http://tavisharmstrong.com/stuff/8192cu.tar.gz ubuntu@arm $ tar xf 8192cu.tar.gz ubuntu@arm $ sudo install -p -m 644 8192cu.ko /lib/modules/3.2.30-x14/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ ubuntu@arm $ sudo depmod -a
Then reboot the Beagle:
ubuntu@arm $ sudo reboot
And then turn on wireless with
ubuntu@arm $ sudo ifconfig wlan0 up ubuntu@arm $ sudo ifconfig ubuntu@arm $ sudo iwlist wlan0 scanning
The last command (the one with
scanning in it) should output a list of the available wireless networks. If you’re in the lab, you should see ConcordiaUniversity on there.
Hope that works! Say so in the comments if it doesn’t work for you.