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    Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter. Preferably PCI-Express and fast.

    Any suggestions and personal experiences.

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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    Here's a comprehensive list, although there only seem to be a few PCI express devices: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Devices/PCI.

    There are also other type of devices, in case you're interested: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Devices.

    As for personal experience, I have an Edimax EW-7128G (PCI) which works with the rt2x00 driver. Works pretty good and it's directly supported by the kernel.

    Cheers.

    EDIT: Forgot to tell you, you can always google for a specific brand and model to know if it's compatible with Linux, or if it has issues, etc. That's what I do when I'm about to buy new hardware
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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    I have this one, and it works great out of the box in Arch and should be the same in other distros. It's officially listed to have Linux support, and the CD it came with even includes the source for the required modules! But any modern distro probably has them built in, but nice to know they have them there http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320071

    Funny story how I got this, it was on Black friday, and it was $14.99 with a $15 mail in rebate. Dead serious, the cost of this card for me was the cost of an envelope and a stamp And it works great, so I recommend it.
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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    Thanks guys, yea I was looking for personal preference. Many cases something says XXXX compatible, but that doesnt tell you about the user experiences. That and its hard to tell what someone post on newegg or tiger becuase you cant verify their real technical level. I have more faith in our userbase here on the forums.
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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    I decided to try this one out since last Rosewill item I got seemed good quality and suposed to have good linux support. Rosewill RNX-N180PCe
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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    I bought this off Ebay for $5.
    Works great but you have to enable the driver in the kernel.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_3805wt_1197

    Anyone know when they will enable the driver by default?
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...ce/Tenda_W311M

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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    Quote Originally Posted by sdowney717 View Post
    I bought this off Ebay for $5.
    Works great but you have to enable the driver in the kernel.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_3805wt_1197

    Anyone know when they will enable the driver by default?
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...ce/Tenda_W311M
    Thanks for the heads up. But I am going for PCI-Express, and I still can use more USB ports. I only got one left open on back.
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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    I told a friend how well this one worked. And it did for him.
    Works in his house downstairs and his router is upstairs with a strong signal using Verizon Fios Router.
    My setup is COX and I am using a Gateway Wireless G Router.

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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
    I decided to try this one out since last Rosewill item I got seemed good quality and suposed to have good linux support. Rosewill RNX-N180PCe
    I would assume that one is good too because I haven't used that one, but I've used a few different Rosewill cards and all of them have worked well under Linux with no hassle. One good thing to do is look through the reviews on the newegg page and see what other Linux users say (you'll usually find some if you search). I looked at the reviews and sys reqs for that one, looks like it should work great in Linux.
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    Re: Looking for a good, linux compatible wireless adapter.

    Quote Originally Posted by doorknob60 View Post
    I would assume that one is good ........
    Yea. I hope it works, I got it on order now. Bought a external HDD encloser the other day made my Rosewill and it works really really good under linux with a WD Cav Blue 320GB drive I had. So the reviews I looked at were positive for linux and the chipset is of realtek making. For 20USD with shipping I thought why not try it out. If it works good I will get another later own for my new system when I give this one to my daughter this summer.


    Thanks for posting everyone
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