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Old 03-31-2011, 01:33 AM   #1
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Best Wireless Network Card Brands for Linux


Hello,
I'm curious what the best brand selection would be for a Wireless Card for OpenSuse. Ideas on better brands as far as drivers go.

It would be a PCCMIA card
older HP Laptop
OpenSuse 11.2

Thanks for any ideas
Paul
 
Old 03-31-2011, 02:02 AM   #2
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This may not be exactly what you are looking for however this is a list of compatible WPA2 USB adapters:
linux-usb-wireless-compatibility-adapter-list
USB adapters may be cheaper & more practical. PCMCIA seems to be going out of fashion.

Regards,
Stefan
 
Old 03-31-2011, 07:32 AM   #3
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Atheros is my favorite, they seem to have the best support, there are a few chipsets that aren't supported, but they aren't really common. I've had good luck with Ralink and Intel too.

Broadcom hasn't always been great, but they've released some closed source drivers for many of their cards which does work well, the open source driver can be a little tricky to get working because you must cut the firmware from the Windows driver to make the card work.

Remember, Linksys, Netgear, Belkin...etc... do not make wireless cards, they make the plastic junk that goes around them. The stuff that matters is inside.

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Old 03-31-2011, 07:56 AM   #4
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Intel is one of the good guys in the Linux wireless world and cards built around their chipsets are usually well supported.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input
 
Old 03-31-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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Have Slackware I Debian on USB wifi adapter - Slackware works nice Debian awfully. Seems, the way device works depends also on the distrio.
 
  


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