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

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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?
    "The difference between Linux and Windows is that with Linux you're in the driver's seat, but with Windows, Microsoft is driving...and you're tied up and locked in the trunk."
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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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    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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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    The Ralink rt3070 chipset should work ootb with the module 'rt2800usb', which is part of the kernel. If it does not, come back with the outputs of
    Code:
    lsusb
    lsmod
    Ralink has several new drivers available on their homepage:

    http://www.mediatek.com/_en/07_downl...ows.php?sn=501

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

    I ordered the adapter a few days ago, and it should be here soon.
    I had already found the driver for it, which I can use if the kernel's driver doesn't work, or if any problems with the kernel's driver are unsolvable.
    "The difference between Linux and Windows is that with Linux you're in the driver's seat, but with Windows, Microsoft is driving...and you're tied up and locked in the trunk."
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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    I just got the adapter today, and it's working very well. Now, with the adapter plugged into back of my PC, it can connect to the wifi in the other room. The signal strength is pretty good, although it isn't strong enough to watch Youtube videos.
    "The difference between Linux and Windows is that with Linux you're in the driver's seat, but with Windows, Microsoft is driving...and you're tied up and locked in the trunk."
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    Re: Will this long range USB wifi adapter work well with Ubuntu?

    Check:
    Code:
    iwconfig
    lsusb
    lsmod
    sudo iwlist scan #which is your nw?
    ifconfig -a
    route -n
    Change to pure WPA2-AES (CCMP) encryption, if possible, and use a fixed channel.

    Edit: "Ignore" IPv6 in the network-manager.

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