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February 12th, 2012, 01:47 PM
I was wondering how broad the compatibility for these cheap wireless-n adapters I see for sale on eBay.

they work fine with Windows but what about Linux?


February 20th, 2012, 04:03 AM
Only certain wireless chips work well with Linux. Some will work with experimental drivers or hacking in a Windows driver with the NDIS wrapper.
I would avoid that especially if haven't purchased it yet.
The wireless chip in a device varies much by model of device and sometimes even by revision of the device. I especially wary of Linksys, Netgear and D-Link switching the chip in the device in model revisions.
My favorite site for looking up Linux Wireless device support is wikidevi.com
Also you can look at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported

I recently found a 11n USB device that works with Ubuntu out of the box. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166068&Tpk=N82E16833166068

So far I haven't found a USB adapter that fits my picky needs: 11n, 5ghz, AP mode, and under $40
It's for when I get a Raspberry Pi, so I'll hold out longer :)