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HubPiWi Blue driver working

September 26th, 2016

It has been a while since our flagship HubPiWi blue has been running successfully at kickstarter. For that last one month we did not post any update on it, and the main reason for this has to do with the driver for the rtl8723bu chipset that is not natively built in the current kernel of raspbiab and therefore does not work out of box.

I had been in touch with Matthew Dipple who had originally integrated the rtl8723bu driver on an earlier version of Raspberry Pi Zero. So I requested him to take a look at the HubPiWi Blue and see if he could get it working with the current version of the raspbian.

After initial hiccups with his hardware setups, yesterday ( 9/26/2016), he reported that he was finally able to get the driver working on the HubPiWi Blue !!! Matt took the pain of writing down all the details and I will direct you to his blog with details of the steps involved in his blog - HubPiWi Blue Drivers on Raspbian Jessie

In next few days we will be testing my HubPiWi blue for stability with these new drivers. If everything goes well, the orders for the manufacturing of about 1000 HubPiWI blue will be placed ( by Oct 1st week). The requirement from the Kickstarter itself is for about 700 units. We expect the preorders for the HubPiWi Blue to be of the order 300 after the end at kickstarter and start of shipping. If you miss pledge at kickstarter, you will have the opportunity to order it at Reference Designer website.

Stay tuned for more updates.


  1. Andy Kerekes
    December 20th, 2016 at 07:49 | #1


    My name is Andy and just received the HubPiWi Blue. 2 of them. Installed the wifi portion as described no problems but the bt install didn't go so well. received a to many arguments error at "git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723au_bt.git –b kernel"

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723au_bt.git –b kernel
    Too many arguments.

    Could not go any further. Any suggestions?

  2. Tom
    April 27th, 2019 at 05:56 | #2

    This is how I got my HubPiWi Blue working on the latest Raspian (April 8 2019, kernel v4.14):

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-kernel-headers

    Reboot your Pi.

    git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bu.git
    cd rtl8723bu
    nano Makefile

    Change the line that reads:
    Then save it.

    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe -v 8723bu
    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/50-rtl8xxxu.conf

    Enter this single line in the file you're creating, then save it:
    blacklist rtl8xxxu

    Reboot your raspberry pi.

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