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    Wireless USB dongles compatible with Ubuntu?

    I want to get a USB wireless dongle/card for my desktop computer (running 10.04). But before I part with my hard-earned pieces of eight, I want to be sure that it will work with Ubuntu. So here I am, to pick your brains.

    There is a Maplin store near where I live, so I prefer going there rather than buying mail order. I looked at the Maplin website this morning, did a search for "USB wifi dongles" and I saw these: the Belkin 150 (£19.99); the WB 300N (£19.99); a no-name "300Mbps N Wi-Fi USB Dongle (£24.99; the Belkin Surf USB Dongle (£24.99); the WB 54g USB Wi-Fi Dongle (only £14.99??); the Netgear N150 Wireless USB Adapter (£19.99)... I could go one, but I'm sure you see that there are a lot of USB wireless adapters out there well suited for cheapskates like me.

    So, I'd really appreciate it if you could give the Maplin search results a quick scan and advise me as to which adapters will work with Ubuntu, and those that won't. Thanks! Oh, and don't forget I'm a cheapskate. The cheaper, the better... so long as the thing works!
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    Re: Wireless USB dongles compatible with Ubuntu?

    Hello,

    I see you still use Hardy Heron.
    Since HH the wifi situation in Ubuntu has very much improved.
    I have to wifi sticks, the first one did not work at all in HH, and is a 54MBPS 11G wireless adapter, as I remember, needing a madwifi driver. In later Ubuntu's (don't remember from which version, think KK) it worked flawlessly.
    Sorry I don't remember which chipset it has.

    The other one is very much newer, 150 MBPS 150N version with an AR9271 chipset from Atheros, needing a ath9k_htc driver. This one doesn't work at all in (a fully updated) Lucid Lynx, but I am very happy to report it does work very well in the Maverick Meerkat!

    I think, but am not sure, that you are pretty safe with a 11G version of wifi, but have to be very carefull with the newer N versions.

    That is: if you use a newer Ubuntu. I think in HH it is quite hopeless, this (from my experiences) being the wifi dark Middle Ages (or rather )

    Succes,

    Topsiho
    Last edited by Topsiho; October 18th, 2010 at 01:33 PM.

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    Re: Wireless USB dongles compatible with Ubuntu?

    I suppose it depends what chips are in these dongles.
    IIRC anything with an Atheros chip needed madwi-fi to work in HH.
    I still need the proprietary driver with Broadcom chips in 10.04.
    Not much help am I?

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    Re: Wireless USB dongles compatible with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Topsiho View Post
    I see you still use Hardy Heron.
    Thanks for the speedy response, Topshiho.

    I don't use Hardy any more. I installed Lucid just now, so I am now up to date (in LTS terms). The dark ages are over!
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