[Lvlug] Choice of PC laptop wifi for use with Ubuntu
chris at kutztownlinux.org
Sat Jun 2 04:01:29 EDT 2007
The best bet is to always just go with GNU/Linux stuff. Solves the
problem. I wouldn't trust any product- if it doesn't say GNU/Linux and
have open source drivers don't buy it. Even if it works today it might
not tomorrow- or with another GNU/Linux distribution. Companies are
releasing non-free drivers and firmware. Sometimes things work, and
later don't because of this. Companies either stop supporting it- or
distributions refuse to include it, etc.
Kyle Bauer wrote:
> I've had success with a NetGear WG511T PCMCIA Wireless Networking card
> in ubuntu 6.06LTS. Using it was pretty much 'fire and forget'.
> Everything was autodetected, as is the draw to ubuntu. However I've
> since reformatted and reinstalled windows xp pro onto the laptop and
> turned it into a work/dev box. /shame.
> :: OFF TOPIC ::
> However I did build a new desktop specifically for Fedora 7.
> Unfortunately I can't get it to connect to the internet, so it's still
> in the pristine, just after install configuration. I will get it
> online as soon as I can figure out how to use the laptop to bridge a
> pc to pc ethernet connection, and bridge the laptop's wifi.
> :: /OFF TOPIC ::
> On 6/1/07, *Chris* <chris at kutztownlinux.org
> <mailto:chris at kutztownlinux.org>> wrote:
> Russ wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I got an used laptop that pretty well has all the features I want,
> > except the wifi already installed. Today, I went up to Best Buy
> and a
> > few other shops to have a look at the selection (Belkin, NetGear,
> > etc.). Then there's the choice of protocol (?), by that I mean 'a',
> > 'b', 'g', or 'n'. I saw one that was 'n' only, which I know to
> be the
> > newest but not likely the protocol most in use in Hot Spots.
> > Please, if any of you have experience with a particular brand of
> > plug-in wifi that has worked well with Ubuntu, the information would
> > help me greatly.
> If it is internal your looking for check some auction sites and
> find lots of Intel MiniPCI cards that work great with GNU/Linux. The
> Intel drivers are open source, but the firmware isn't free (as in
> Ralink is very GNU/Linux friendly with the USB wifi cards. They have
> released the source for both firmware and drivers for GNU/Linux. I
> something on the FSF.org hardware page that they haven't released the
> firmware source code for something (you might want to double check).
> Here is one place you can get the GNU/Linux compatible Ralink USB
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