I was out of town for a few and had enough time over the long holiday to try this again.
I tested the TPLINK TL-WN725N and it is working fine.
I downloaded a fresh copy of the pre-configured SD card image using SD Formatter on my SD card and Win32 Disk Imager to make the SD card. No problems there.
Now once I hook up the Pi to my network and boot it up I get to the static IP I assigned it (http://192.168.1.169/ Localy by MAC address) and do the following from the instruction on your PDF:
Next, open a browser, and type in http://ospi_ip/ where ospi_ip is the RPi’s IP address (such as http://192.168.x.x). You should see a welcome page with further instructions. If you see this page, congratulations, the image is successfully burned onto your SD card.
When going to http://192.168.1.169/ using my Win box via IE I get the following:
This page can’t be displayed
•Make sure the web address http://192.168.1.169 is correct.
•Look for the page with your search engine.
•Refresh the page in a few minutes.
Also see the attachment as you can see the Open Sprinkler icon in the URL line. So I assuming I getting to the right place but I do not get the welcome message. I know you said there is nothing there that I need to but I wondering is the Apache server is not loading correct as I do see an error about setting it to and IP of 127.0.1.1 during the Pi’s boot up.
Besides the Apache error I am also thinking that the drivers for the TPLINK TL-WN725N are not in the image as when I do Ifconfig it never pops up as an option to config. I just see the ethernet.
As I am not a Linux guy and I tried using a bunch of 3rd party web pages on commands to try to figure this out . I think if I can get the WiFi working the rest will fall in to place but guess I am at a loss on how to do it because the pre-configured SD card image seems to be a stripped down version as may of the 3rd party tips for setting this up are not there. Or I am just not bright enough to get it.
I guess I looking for someone to hold my hand as I am not used to working in this OS.