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Old 05-01-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Regarding USB Wi-Fi Dongle


Dear Everyone,

The following question is regarding the purchase of USB Wi-Fi Dongle for our project. Since, There are more features to be considered when you purchase the dongle causes me to post this question in this forum.

1. I would like to purchase the dongle which has following features,
Support for softMAC
Support for b/g/n
Support for acting as an AP/STA/ad-hoc/monitor modes

2. How do I distinguish whether the device/dongle can support softMAC (or) fullMAC?

I'm looking forward for your replies.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 04:22 AM   #2
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Support for softMAC
Support for b/g/n
Support for acting as an AP/STA/ad-hoc/monitor modes

2. How do I distinguish whether the device/dongle can support softMAC (or) fullMAC?
I have it on good authority that all currently available wireless network interface controllers (WNIC)
use softMAC firmware on their chips. Even several years ago fullMAC controllers were hard to find.
Here is an adapter that might work for you:
https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-lin...b-req-antennas
It may be possible to find a cheaper adapter with the same chipset.
GPL firmware is found here:
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/carl9170
I hope this helps!

Namaste
 
Old 05-02-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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Here is an adapter that might work for you:
https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-lin...b-req-antennas
it is not "n" standard, while this should work and is n standard.

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #4
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+1 STDOUBT

This one has not given me any problems. I addition, it's hard to beat the price!

Why a dongle -- convenience/proximity?
 
Old 05-02-2013, 11:11 PM   #5
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Dear All,

Thank you for all your replies.

@STDOUBT : The first link you suggested won't work in "N" mode. And I will look at the carl9170.

@hilyard: I think this won't support as AP.

@yooy: I think this won't support as AP.

Can you please tell me how to identify the device has a support for softMAC?
What is the criteria in hardware which enables the softMAC feature?
 
Old 05-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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Dear All,

I found out this one.

http://unex.com.tw/product/dnua-93f

Please help me with your comments on this device.
 
Old 05-04-2013, 04:03 AM   #7
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Please help me with your comments on this device.
That device appears to have a very, very tiny internal antenna!
Since you have told us almost nothing about your application (range requirements, operating environment, etc.) there is very little on which to comment. I can say only that I would not expect that tiny dongle to pick up any access point in a separate house or structure.
 
  


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