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Which USB wireless adapter for Linux laptop?

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
My company has lent me an old Compaq Armada M300 laptop to use as a test model for Linux. I've got Ubuntu Linux 5.10 running smoothly on the machine, and now I'd like to try my hand at making it wireless-ready. However, I have no budget for hardware upgrades--Linux is "free" after all--so any wireless add-ons will be out of my own pocket. I'd like my purchase to be reusable, so I'm thinking a USB adapter (I can keep it for my own use after the experiment is over).

So, does anybody know of an Ubuntu-supported USB wireless adapter, or, at the very least, one that will jive with ndiswrapper?

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by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to Which USB wireless adapte ...

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by hinrgman In reply to Which USB wireless adapte ...

try posting your question on thei site. I found it very usefull.

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=135289

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by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to

Thanks for the site reference. I'll look into it.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Which USB wireless adapte ...

As Ubuntu is a Debian Derivative there should be drivers available for just about any USB Wireless device.

If it isn't available for Ubuntu it should be available from Debian. But like everything USB isn't the best choice for a Wireless connection so one of the better units would most likely be in your interests.

But I doubt that your LONER NB will be USB 2 compliant right?

Sorry I can't offer any brands here but as I don't use them it gets a bit hard but you'll need one of the 802.11g types and my main supplier only lists one as a USB and several as PCMCIA, but this one looks OK

http://tinyurl.com/mmqyy

Although I've had no direct experience with them as all the NB that I make have the Wireless Module built in before I sell them. Sorry that I can not be of more help here.

Col ]:)

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

You could also have a look at this one as well. In the past I've had good experience with their products.

http://tinyurl.com/r3tve

But according to the Makers sites neither of them come with Native Nix drivers so it might be worth while having a look see at what is available before spending your hard earned money.

You could always visit the Debian Support Forum as the people there might have some more experience.

http://tinyurl.com/27xdr

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by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to

Thanks, HAL. Helpful as always.

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by mising69 In reply to Which USB wireless adapte ...

I use a Microsoft MN-510 Wireless USB adapter that SuSE 10.0 installed automatically with no configuration on my part aside from asking for my SSID and WEP key. There is one on ebay right now that is only at .99 cents so far although I think his Buy It Now is a typo (1138.00!!) I have not tried Ubuntu/Debian yet so I am not sure if the set up would be as painless, though it should be very close.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Microsoft-Broadband-Wireless-USB-Adapter-i-cmd-u2-buy_W0QQitemZ5878377066QQcategoryZ99263QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to

Thanks. That's pretty funny.

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