Recommend a laptop wireless card that just works?

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Jim Haynes, May 14, 2007.

  1. Jim Haynes

    Jim Haynes Guest

    Well I've tried using Google and HOWTO files and a bunch of other
    resources before asking the question on the net - but is there any
    wireless card that will plug into a laptop, just work out of the
    box, and is currently available? Everything I read seemed to talk
    about cards that you can't get anymore, and having to use a wrapper
    and the Windows driver, or recompile the kernel, or lots of other
    things that one should not have to do.
    Jim Haynes, May 14, 2007
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  2. Jim Haynes

    ray Guest

    I use a Dlink WNA2330 H/W ver A1; F/W ver 1.0 ( it has an Atheros
    chipset). I plugged it into my laptop with ubuntu 6.06 and it worked 'out
    of the box' with mad-wifi (which was already installed). No muss, no fuss,
    no bother. I had previously used a Belkin (broadcomm chipset) card with
    ubuntu 5.10 - after the upgrade to 6.06 I could not get it to work - tried
    47 different recipes off the internet with ndiswrapped and the broadcomm
    ray, May 14, 2007
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    johnny bobby bee, May 14, 2007
  4. IMHO, If you have installed kernel sources, try searching code in the
    /usr/src/linux-<kversion>/drivers/net/wireless/ for out-of-the-box
    supported wireless cards, though howsoever obsolete these may be.

    I for one would prefer Intel's PRO/Wireless 2200 for PCI/Mini-PCI slots
    or ZyDAS's ZD1201 based cards for USB interfaces.

    OTOH, If you somehow manage to compile madwifi/madwifi-ng drivers for
    Linux, the cards based on Atheros's chipsets are the best otherwise.

    Last, but not the least, plz don't buy cards based Realtek's RTL8180
    and, or RTL8185; although the Open Source (GPLed) drivers for these are
    available, but no one is actively working on these not even the Realtek
    people and, or me ;)
    Balwinder S \bsd\ Dheeman, May 15, 2007
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