wifi & Linux

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Jantessa, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Jantessa

    Jantessa New Member

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    I just got my PC switched over to Linux. I would like to know if all data jack type of wifi gadgets (that you stick in the USB port) work with Linux or if there is something I should know before I buy one.

  2. Kerms

    Kerms New Member

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    Generally everything works with Linux. how hard it is to set up largely depends on the kernel version, distribution, and how open-source friendly the company who made it.

    What I would do, google around for one, and then google it along with `linux' at the end. And if it comes up with a decent amount of `[SOLVED]' in the thread names, or something like `Thanks, I got it working' as/near the last post, it's generally going to work by default, or with little hassle.

    Also, I wouldn't pick the out-of-the-factory devices--I would wait for the card to be 1-3 years old (hell, you can go as old as 2006 (WPA/WPA2 became officially supported by then)).
  3. Bill

    Bill New Member

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    I have two usb style wifi adapters that I bout from Walmart. Both work in Ubuntu with out having to set up anything.

    Netgear WNA1100 works great and cost me about $30. I have not had issues with it.

    Linksys WUSB600N worked great until I had a kernel update and then it would disconnect itself after 5 minutes. It was very annoying. I have not used it since then, but I will try again later with the newest kernel version and let you know if it is doing the same thing. I don't have time at the moment.
  4. Jantessa

    Jantessa New Member

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    Wifi gear

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    Does the Netgear have a monthly fee? I stopped using my Cricket data jack because it cost me $50 a month.
  5. Bill

    Bill New Member

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    I am sorry, I thought you were asking about wifi adapters. I don't have any experience with a cellular network type.

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