View Full Version : Suggestion for sticky in the wireless section

weekend warrior
August 13th, 2006, 11:55 AM
I'm not sure which mods are looking after the wireless section these days so I'll simply put my suggestion here.

There are quite a few people asking daily what type of wireless devices work well in Ubuntu and there is a fine list of natively supported Ralink rt2500 cards at the Free Software Foundation with some good explanantion and which also links to a more complete list at Ralink.

The FSF list can be found here (https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/net/wireless/cards.html)

The more complete list of rt2500 cards from Ralink is here (http://ralink.rapla.net/)

These cards really do "just work" and would save many users hours of frustration.

As quoted from the WiFi docs here (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/RalinkRT2500)

Since Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) the rt2500 driver is installed out of the box, so your wireless card should visible as "ra0" if you open the Networking utility found under the System->Administration->Networking menu. WPA encryption is also supported and described in the same WiFi docs. WPA encryption (or rather the apparent lack thereof) is a criticism I see leveled against Ubuntu quite often in the wireless section.

I suggest making these lists and the WiFi docs on the rt2500 cards a sticky in the wireless section. It seems a practical solution to the many problem posts showing up nearly every day from users simply because they don't know there are better alternatives out there. It would also help alleviate some of the bad advice being given on "good" devices by well-intentioned but misinformed users. As well, it's in our interest as a community to encourage use of a wireless chip maker that actively supports Linux.

I myself use a Ralink 2500 based wireless card and am simply amazed at the disbelief that arises when I say these cards "just work", simply plug them in and boot up. I've done my level best to keep posting the same list but as we know, new users as a rule don't search the forums as much as they should.

The problem is clearly illustrated in a recent post here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=234143).

A simple sticky would help immensely. I'd be willing to type one up so it can simply be moved over and stickied in the wireless section if it's seen as a good idea.

September 22nd, 2008, 03:51 PM
Wifi cards that work otb.
spent many hours, and purchased many cards, without success.
The solution for me is so simple, I hate to have to admit my mistake.
WIFI cards need to be "plugged" BEFORE ubuntu is booted.
If ubuntu is already installed, difficulty for nube like me follows.
I have verified the following cards that ubuntu recognizes. Running Dell Latitude C640.
PCMCIA cards:
RaLink RT2500--Netgear WG511T--Belkin F5D7010--TP-Link TL-WN610G--
Atheros AR505GS---------------(PCI)
My only excuse is : Having worked so long with Windows, Automatically installed OS first; then plugged cards. WRONG!!!!!!!!
Just plug your card first; THEN install UBUNTU.
Really excited about UBUNTU. The "JUST WORKS" is nuff said!
Cool Rocks Computers.

September 22nd, 2008, 09:34 PM
If you make one or find a good candidate, feel free to hit the Report button and ask for it to be stuck. A community-created sticky would take much less time to set up than a staff-made one.

Also, we already have six threads stuck in that forum, so it may be better if it was added to an existing sticky or if we were able to consolidate some of them.