I have been wrestling with wireless on Linux for the last six months.
I have an Asus mobo with one of those ridiculous onboard USB wifi adapters which uses the RTL8187 chipset. I gave up on that particularly unsavory lump of garbage a LONG time ago. I found an RT2500 based PCI card at a flea market for 5 bucks... Popped that in and it did work (once I turned off Network Manager), the problem is that it is incredibly unstable. I am not sure why, but sometimes it will work flawlessly for hours and other times it will run for five minutes and then just stop working, sometimes it never even gets a DHCP lease sucessfully and just decides to start napping. I have gotten really good at issuing the following command:
root@hypothalamus:~# /etc/init.d/networking restart
I have to say that issuing this command ten to twenty times a day is getting old. All I use for encryption is WEP... It really is quite pathetic; I feel forced to keep my expectations low...I haven't even tried WPA for fear of making a bad situation worse...
Now I will get right to the point: Given my experiences up to now I would like my next Wifi purchase to be much less painful. I have honestly given up on both of the Wifi cards that I have installed right now...
What Wifi card JUST WORKS? Just install, boot and configure with network manager (or whatever)? Which is the BEST Wireless card for use with ubuntu? I dont need draft-n, my router only supports G and that is all I want or need.
Please, tell me what has worked for you...without jumping through hoops?