RS Components brings wireless connectivity to Raspberry Pi

RS Components brings wireless connectivity to Raspberry Pi

Latest Raspberry Pi products available exclusively from RS feature Wi-Fi and RF technology to provide low cost, low power wireless functionality to users worldwide.

Johannesburg, South Africa, – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has added two wireless connectivity options to its growing portfolio of products based on the Raspberry Pi computer. The new modules are built using Wi-Fi and low power radio technology respectively and deliver wireless interface capability for applications requiring low cost, low power, small form factor solutions, such as mobile devices.

The first module provides high-speed Wi-Fi functionality compliant with the IEEE802.11b/g/n wireless protocol via a tiny adapter that plugs into the USB port on the Raspberry Pi. The adapter supports transmission rates of up to 150Mbps, which is ideal for large data transfer and three times faster than standard 11g connections. The smart adapter adjusts the transmission output according to the distance and CPU offload to achieve a reduction in power consumption of between 20% and 50% when the wireless function is idle. It can be configured using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to provide a simple, secure wireless network.

The second module also features a USB wireless device offering ‘plug-and-play’ connection to the Raspberry Pi, but instead uses low power RF transceiver technology to provide a bi-directional link to any device supporting serial communications, for example another Raspberry Pi. Frequency, bandwidth, power output and data rates can be configured to allow multiple devices to communicate free from interference from each other and any other RF devices. The RF technology employed enables significantly greater range (up to 300m depending on the terrain) and lower power consumption than other wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The host device can send and receive up to 180 Bytes of data per packet to other hosts within range, making it particularly useful for ‘sense and control’ applications. An integral SMA antenna is included. A kit variant of this product is also available, which contains dual rather than a single transceiver.


About RS Components
RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development. With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof.
RS’s customers, whether ordering single or multiple items, experience a quick, easy, secure, painless and cost effective process. The RS catalogue, available at, offers full colour pictures with extensive clear product specifications. Free access to technical advisors and 90 000 datasheets ensure the correct product choice. Order placement is easily facilitated through, the call centre, e-mail, fax and trade counter. Locally held stock is delivered to customers within 24 hours, and products held internationally, within four to six working days.
It is proven that departments traditionally spend 80% of their time sourcing products that account for only 20% of their total procurement spend. RS is focussed on reducing the customers “total cost of product ownership” by reducing the need to make multiple calls to various companies to source products, reducing supplier related administration and allowing for the amalgamation as well as consolidation of supplier bases. Through this process, procurement efficiency is improved and time is freed up to concentrate on the more important business decisions.
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