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HubPiWi Blue update

November 2nd, 2016

With 556 backers pledging $15,354 the HubPiWi Blue is one of the most successful projects funded at kickstarter. The pre order keeps pouring in and we are overwhelmed by the kind of the response received from the backers.

We did not post any update since the start of the project. But we have kept working on it and are on track to start shipping by this month end. The Hardware design is finalized and is ready to be released for the production. It will usually take 15 days for production once the order is placed ( add another three days for shipping).

Stock Software will not work

As of now, the Raspbian stock software will not work primarily because the driver support is not integrated. We will try to keep communicating with the persons handling the software so that its support could be included in the next update. But we can not say when that will happen.

Wifi Verified to Work

The good news is that with little change the Wifi will be supported to work. We have outlined the details in this blog here. One obvious drawback in following these steps is that you need some king of internet connection to be able to do that. But hey, your wifi is still not working !!! - the chicken egg issue. To overcome this we plan to upload a pre modified binary that you can just download and expect it to work once you burn you SD Card.

Bluetooth Still Not verified

We still have not verified the working of Bluetooth. It is something related to software and Matthew Dippel has promised to work on it. He is the person who gave me the steps to make Wifi working. I expect the solution very soon - may be by this weekend. This is what is holding us from releasing for manufacturing. It is not something related to hardware but I just wanted to be sure that the bluetooth does work.

Stay tuned and will will update you as soon as the bluetooth gets verified.

The one thing that I wanted to say is that this Wifi Connection with the module used in HubPiWi Blue is much more stable that the one used in HubPiWi.

Those who wish to pre order can continue to do so with confidence.

Stay tuned for more information.

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  1. Tom
    April 27th, 2019 at 05:54 | #1

    Here's some short directions on how to get your 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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