We are using the Belkin F5D7050 USB Wi-fi adapter to connect to the Wi-fi networks. The adapter is connected to the USB port on the beagle bone.
After doing a lot of Google search we found that we had to install two packages onto the Linux distribution to get Wifi connectivity on the beagle bone .
- The first was the firmware required for the Wi-fi adapter . The firmware required for this is rt73-firmware. The firmware was downloaded from the angstrom distribution webpage. (http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/)
- The second package that we installed was wireless-tools which was also downloaded from the angstrom distribution webpage.
Once we had installed the two packages we had to specify the network ssid and the passphrase in the /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf file. Once this was done we just restarted the beagle bone and did ifup wlan0 to get the wifi connection up on the beagle bone.