Wispy X is a new off-the-shelf wireless bridge for those computers where WiFi is currently difficult, including Raspberry Pi systems without the ability to add a Wireless HAT.Wispy X is rated at AC1200, supports WiFi 802.11ac/a/b/g/n and offers network access via both 2.4/5GHz frequencies. In use, it is twice as fast as Wispy V, giving a very noticeable performance boost.Wispy X comes complete with ZillaRAM* to allow configuration from RISC OS, although the Iris Beta also works well, as does any smartphone. Exclusive instructions are included with each Wispy X, showing how to set up using a RISC OS browser, and a smartphone - all in understandable English!
Wispy V is an off-the-shelf, standalone wireless bridge unit that works nicely with RISC OS.As with most off-the-shelf hardware that is not otherwise intended for RISC OS, the current browser offered by Netsurf cannot access many of the functions of the configurations software, although Iris can. RISCOSbits have extensively tested the Wispy V hardware with a ZillaRAM* that loads certain elements of QupZilla to a RAM disc and loads to the icon bar, making QupZilla faster, with the advantage of easy access once loaded.More importantly, Wispy V is configurable with a standard smartphone, which makes it a more configurable solution than other wireless bridges. Wispy V also comes with specifically written easy-to-follow instructions for RISC OS use.*Please contact us about getting your free copy of !ZillaRAM
FREE*Wireless Networking for RISC OS. And More.Wispy is quick way to bring one of the remaining deficits of RISC OS to fruition, until a proper, integrated solution is found. In fact, it actually manages to fulfil even more:•Wireless networking configurable within RISC OS•Access to a fully-featured and up-datable Chromium browser•The ability to set up Samba and NFS shares•Additional storage via USB•Access to your OwnCloud files•Wireless status application iconNot only that, but it also allows access to other applications not usually available, such as word processors, image processing, and other Linux-based apps. These can be made to appear in a window within a familiar RISC OS environment.It also comes with a configuration front end for RISC OS, that allows you to establish the original connection through RISC OS.Connecting to wireless networks is possible through a simple web interface that can be operated fully within NetSurf - unlike many other options, there is no need to connect and set up using a PC first. Wispy is fully configurable from RISC OS. Wispy now also displays its status on the icon bar using the Wispy icon to show whether it is connected to a network or not, and also the level of signal strength, This allows the user to see how effective the wireless network connection is, even without having a Wispy configuration page open.Wispy fits nicely into both a RISC OS Pi-Top v1 case, or within an ordinary desktop case, using a custom-built PCI bracket available from RISCOSbits. It can be powered from either a standard USB port or using a molex splitter to microUSB port, also available from RISCOSbits.All the software is available for FREE* although you will need to obtain additional hardware for it work.Caveats•Wispy only works with an H2+ Orange Pi Zero 512MB (it may work with 256MB versions but this is untested but definitely won’t work with the H5 versions)•Wispy is distributed as a compressed 16GB disc image, so you’ll need to burn your own microSD card for the Orange Pi Zero from the compressed 1.7GB image. We suggest Etcher on Windows or Linux. •Limited support is available - details included with the download•ShareFS is currently not available when using WispyGetting WispyWispy is available as a 1.7GB download, but you will need to source your own 512MB Orange Pi Zero boards for use with the software.Please contact us for details, or we also offer USB versions of the download and microSD cards with the Wispy disc image pre-written.
The original Wispy software on a USB stick to avoid downloading.
* a small charge is made for the media to distribute the software and source code, and for hosting the download image.+ whilst Wispy is fully working and has been in use for a number of months at RISCOSbits HQ, no warranty is offered.Support will be offered where possible, and any ongoing updates may resolve known issues. Updates are NOT guaranteed.