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  • 10. März 2017 at 1:29 #27541

    The new Raspberry Pi Zero W is currently not supported out of the box when installing the 2.41 autoexpand image of max2play.
    To use builtin Wifi and Bluetooth an update of the PIs Firmware is needed. Unfortunatly the Zero W has no ethernet port.
    I have done these to get the image including wifi working:

    1. Write Image 2.41 to SD Card
    2. Boot this Card in an Raspberry PI 3 (do not connect the Ethernet cable!)
    3. After some minutes connect the PIs Wifi using the WPS Feature of your Router
    4. Do a SSH Login and update the Firmware with „sudo rpi-update“
    5. Shutdown the PI 3 and take out the SD Card
    6. Boot the PI Zero W with the Card and the WIFI should connect automatically

    The internal Bluetooth is working too, but it seems that the pulseaudio Server does not recognize the Zero W as a genuine Raspberry so that squeezelite won’t start. After i do a „sudo apt-get update“ and „sudo apt-get upgrade“ pulseaudio is working too.

    • This topic was modified 7 years, 3 months ago by anesthesia.
    • This topic was modified 6 years, 12 months ago by Heiner.
    10. März 2017 at 22:02 #27569

    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately i dont have a PI 3, is there an other way?

    11. März 2017 at 15:36 #27578

    has anyone tried to run the Raspberry Pi Zero W with Max2Play AND the pHAT BEAT from pimoroni?
    This would be my favourite combination to put inside a wooden loudspeaker box (or two for stereo 🙂 )
    (I’ve got a Raspberry Pi Zero W working with the pHAT BEAT in a funny „Pirate Radio“…)
    Now I’ve installed Max2Play on another SD-card the Zero W and afterwards installed the pHAT BEAT script (with „all pre-requisites and get your pHAT BEAT up and running“).
    After that I cannot start Squeezeplay in Max2Play and I cannot change the audio-output to the pHAT BEAT 🙁



    12. März 2017 at 23:32 #27610

    @anesthesia: Thanks a lot for your description – followed your steps and it works great!

    : I use a raspberry pi Zero w with a JustBoom Amp Zero pHAT together with a pair of magnat needle boxes – works great!
    …i also use a hifiberry amp+ which naturally has more power also the above is more than enough for a „Standard room“.

    13. März 2017 at 13:08 #27648


    Thank you for sharing these information, we are working on updating the raspberry pi firmware on our new image.


    Sorry we could not help you with that, since we do not provide technical support for pHAT BEAT at the moment.

    Best Regards,
    Mohammad Mbydeen

    14. März 2017 at 13:30 #27711


    Maybe there is another way to get the internal wifi running for those who don’t have another raspi (but it doesn’t worked for me):
    Copy Startup Files

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 3 months ago by anesthesia.
    15. März 2017 at 15:40 #27759


    Thanks for the tip, it worked for me!
    wlan0 was recognized after the replacement of bootcode.bin/fixup.dat/start.elf
    I had to edit /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.

    Thanks again!

    18. März 2017 at 16:09 #27789


    I did it with a usb lan device. After updating the firmware my wifi worked.

    20. März 2017 at 14:42 #27807

    Dear all,

    Please note that we are working on updating our Max2Play firmware to support the built-in wireless for the new Raspberry Pi zero.

    Mohammad Mbydeen

    14. April 2017 at 15:03 #28251

    Thanks Anesthesia
    One question tho, why the firmware update on the 3?

    14. April 2017 at 15:05 #28252

    Is there a way of configuring the pi zero w wifi connection with the sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf??

    14. April 2017 at 15:54 #28253

    Hi, the pi zero does not have ethernet onboard. If you have a compatible wifi stick or usb ethernet adapter this could work too. You need internet connection to do the firmware upgrade.

    14. April 2017 at 16:19 #28255

    Thanks! I used your method and it worked like a charm.
    I’m was asking about modifying wpa_supplicat.conf to see if there is a method to connect the zero w to wifi without using WPS.

    14. April 2017 at 18:39 #28257

    After the kernel upgrade it might work but not before because then internal wifi isnt recognized. So it can’t connect to any wifi with or without wps. The other method is to replace the bootfiles and the edit the wifi config. Like Mohammad wrote eill this be obsolete when a new image of max2play is out that works with the new firmware out of the box.

    3. Mai 2017 at 19:09 #28678

    Is there a ETA for the update? I’m waiting since day 1 and really want to use the zero w.

    30. Mai 2017 at 12:50 #29118

    Hi guys,
    Sorry to keep you waiting so long. We finally have some Zero W’s in house and are testing and working hard to make them fully compatible. I’ll update this thread when there’s news but will also probably publish a blog article with more details when everything’s settled.

    For now, huge thanks to anesthesia for getting creative and sharing the workaround. 🙂

    7. Juni 2017 at 12:28 #29331

    Hi everyone,

    The new version of Max2Play is ready for download and can also be updated to on any existing system. It includes a fix for the Zero W to work flawlessly amongst other things.

    When connecting your Zero W via WPS with a freshly burnt image, make sure to boot the Pi first and start the WPS search second. The Zero W takes a little more time to boot, expand the filesystem and connect via WPS. If you are not connected by the first WPS search of your router, please start a new scan and the Zero W should be detected.

    25. Juni 2017 at 0:46 #29708

    Hi Heiner, Thank you for adding the wps function. It was no Problem to set up the new Zero W.
    But I do not get Bluetooth working:-( I already did an kernel Upgrade & Update. But nothing changed: hciconfig always tells me „default controller available“. Could you check it on one of your Zero W?
    I would like to use BLE tags to recognize if I´m at home or not.

    Regards Christoph

    28. Juni 2017 at 15:17 #29746

    Hi Christoph,

    Have you checked our Bluetooth plugin yet to see what the output is there (if search for BT devices)?

    2. Juli 2017 at 10:12 #29775

    @Heiner The Plugin works fine for Raspbery Zero W !!! Thank you

    16. Oktober 2018 at 19:45 #38643

    hello…I got a Raspberry Pi Zero W working with the pHAT BEAT in Pirate Radio
    I’ve installed Max2Play on another SD-card the Zero W and afterwards installed the pHAT BEAT script with all pre-requisites and get your pHAT BEAT up and running but I cannot start Squeezeplay in Max2Play and I cannot change the audio-output to the pHAT BEAT

    17. Oktober 2018 at 13:34 #38657

    Hi DunnPenny,

    Did you use „sudo su“ for the installation? There might be a rights issue if you installed in user pi.

    8. Dezember 2018 at 15:44 #42614

    Dear Heiner
    Does Maz2play have any plans to support the pHat Beat?
    It looks ideal for a small (lowfi) SBox player – switches and all, like the old SB Radio I have that isn’t goint to live for ever……
    Tim H

    11. Dezember 2018 at 13:51 #42659

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the tip! Could you create a topic for this in our development sub-forum? This way we can see if there are other people who would like to see the card get implemented.

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