BeagleBone Black WiFi
Linux Format|November 2019
BeagleBone Black WiFi
The BeagleBone Black Wireless SBC isn’t Raspberry Pi-compatible, but does that matter? Mike Bedford takes a look.
Mike Bedford

The BeagleBone Black Wireless might not claim compatibility with Raspberry Pi boards, but this SBC is one of many products catering for the massive interest in bare-bones computing. Our first experience with it was favourable. Unlike many SBCs, the BBB Wireless has onboard flash memory with Debian pre-installed, which meant that we were up and running for the first time much more quickly than with most similar boards. Also, of course, it means you don’t have to get hold of an SD card.

We do have one niggle regarding the installation, though: the micro-USB port and the micro-HDMI connector are very close together on opposite sides of the board. If you use a moulded micro-HMDI to HDMI converter, therefore, it’s very tight and you risk mechanically stressing soldered joints between these connectors and the board.

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