The Raspberry Pi Is Finally Getting Wi-Fi

The Raspberry Pi Is Finally Getting Wi-Fi

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic, cheap and surprisingly powerful little computer, but it's rather lacking in the connectivity department. With the Pi 3, that's all changing FCC filings show an upgraded Raspberry Pi 3 has been submitted to the FCC for certification. On previous Pis, you could add Bluetooth or Wi-Fi by using a dongle, but that added cost, size and used a valuable USB port.

The new Pi 3 Model B adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the board, which opens up a whole world of additional possibilities — making a home media PC should be even easier than before. There's also an upgraded processor, a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A53. Sadly, the same 1GB of RAM and 400 MHz VideoCore IV graphics are tagging along, which means video streaming may still be a little hampered.

The best news is the price — a little bit more than the Pi 2 Model B, at $56.18. It's on sale today from Pi resellers.

[Raspberry Pi Blog]


Comments

    Any word if these will support HD Audio pass through? i.e. DTS-HD & Dolby TrueHD. Only thing missing from the Pi2 running OpenElec (Kodi)

    Interested to see how various 1080p streaming goes via WiFi. Had a Pi1 B+ with some WiFi adapter and it was terrible.

    Any idea if they will play x265 with the faster CPU?

    Last edited 01/03/16 8:32 am

    "Sadly, the same 1GB of RAM and 400 MHz VideoCore IV graphics are tagging along, which means video streaming may still be a little hampered."

    From what I've read, the 1GB of RAM is now clocked at 900MHz, double the 450MHz on the RPi2, and the VideoCore IV graphics 400MHz is up from 250MHz. Both are significant improvements.

    Add to that the ~50% improvement in CPU performance ("one and a half times faster" is just mathematics abuse induced nonsense), booting from USB Devices, added Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the RPi3 is a huge advance. Can't wait to get my hands on (at least) one. :)

    As for hardware x265 decoding... would be wonderful, fingers crossed, but not overly confident.

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