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The cure to your wireless woes. :)

Posted 04-04-2011 at 11:49 AM by ichase

If you are like me, new to linux (October 2010) and have had the multiple headaches getting wireless up and running in Linux, have I got a gem for you. After trying multiple USB wifi receivers and failing to get them up and running I was recently introduced by a fellow penguin to the Alfa 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireless WiFi Network Adapter
I'm certain that just about every distro out right now has the driver for this thing built in. (rtl8187)
The box comes with a 5db antenna which trust me, showed me far better results then the internal one ever did. But it also comes with a 9db antenna. Even in Arch Linux (which is not the easiest distro to get wireless up and running on), a simple
Code:
modprobe rtl8187
has this thing up and running. No ndiswrapper, no b43-fwcutter after finding the correct driver by kernel.
Now make sure you run iwconfig because if you already have a wireless card installed even if it is not up and running it may show as wlan0 and the USB receiver may show up as wlan1.
I run wicd. Bring wicd (or your network manager of choice) up and be SHOCKED at the amount of wifi signals you will pick up. For example. There is someone down the street that has a wifi network. I could see it normally with about 8% signal. Even with the 5db antenna, it went from 8% to 84%. So if you are wondering how to solve your wireless woes and have $40 to spend, this thing is the ticket.

All the best,

Ian
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