The brand of the card doesn't matter. What matters is the chipset.
You could boot to a Live CD such as Knoppix
, find the system information tool, and look for information about the wireless chip. That would likely be the easiest way to start for someone unfamiliar with Linux.
You could also open a terminal, run the dmesg
command, and inspect the output for the information. Here's what my wireless chipset looks like in dmesg:
[ 19.928130] eth1: Broadcom BCM4315 802.11 Hybrid Wireless Controller 220.127.116.11