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    Question Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    I was looking for a USB Wi-fi adapter a couple days ago, and I think I found one that I like. Although...

    http://www.amazon.com/Protronix%C2%A...73437&sr=1-18&

    While it does say that it's compatible with Linux operating systems, will the Linux version of the driver actually support the long range mode?
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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    There's 2 ways that thing could work

    1) it has an amplifier
    2) it's a directional antenna

    Neither of those things require special drivers, the long range is just a function of the design of the device.
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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    It uses the Ralink RT3070 chipset. Do some googling on that and Ubuntu and you'll see how well it has been supported lately.

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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    I guess I'll get it, then.
    By the way, does Ubuntu come with the driver, or do I have get it elsewhere?
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    ahallubuntu is offline Chocolate-Covered Ubuntu Beans
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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    I have no idea whether Ubuntu comes with a driver for this chipset or not. If I were going to buy this card, first I would do some googling for "Ubuntu Ralink RT3070" and see what comes up.

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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahallubuntu View Post
    I have no idea whether Ubuntu comes with a driver for this chipset or not. If I were going to buy this card, first I would do some googling for "Ubuntu Ralink RT3070" and see what comes up.
    I have to agree Google is your friend for stuff like this research is always a good idea when choosing hardware for any OS, find compatibility, driver, troubleshooting Etc before buying so you know or at least have some idea what the challenges are prior to buying.
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