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    Question USB WiFi "dongle"/Card

    hello,

    I know there is a long list of usb wifi cards / "dongles" for Ubuntu but I would be interested in getting some advice on which is the best in terms of working out of the box. I am on 7.10.

    Thanks - Dev

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    Re: USB WiFi "dongle"/Card

    It seems the My Essentials Wireless G USB dongle works in Gutsy. See this thread. It uses the Linux native driver which comes with Gutsy.

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    Re: USB WiFi "dongle"/Card

    Quote Originally Posted by devsen View Post
    hello,

    I know there is a long list of usb wifi cards / "dongles" for Ubuntu but I would be interested in getting some advice on which is the best in terms of working out of the box. I am on 7.10.

    Thanks - Dev
    I'm using 64 bit Hardy and have been able to find very little information on how well/poorly the different cards work in this environment. The built-in Broadcom card in my laptop had a major problem so I ended up buying a Belkin F5D7050 USB dongle, largely because it uses the Ralink rt73 chipset, for which Serialmonkey provides drivers. I had to download and compile the driver myself, but this only took a couple of minutes and the card was working perfectly within five.

    For each chipset (Broadcom, Ralink, Atheros, etc) you'll see a thousand posts claiming it's the work of Satan, and a thousand posts claiming it works perfectly with minimal setup. The reality is it depends very sensitively on your specific setup. Wireless on Linux is still, I'm afraid, a bit of a black art.

    The only consensus I've seen is that, when buying a laptop, you should only consider models using Intel integrated wireless. Apparently, that works "out of the box" with Ubuntu. Not much help to you now, I know, but food for thought for the future.

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