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Old 01-14-2007, 10:52 AM   #1
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Best wi-fi device for Linux ?

What is the best wi-fi card for Linux, I will prefer an usb one that a pci one. With a native Linux driver, no ndiswrapper and good reliability ?

I recently aciquired a D-link dwl-g132 usb, and it constantly drop the network link and other time wasting probleme.

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Old 01-14-2007, 12:22 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if many have native drivers, but plenty are easily supported. There's a list of USB cards and support info at
I use madwifi for my PCI card, but madwifi doesn't do USB, so I would say go for something with a Prism or ralink chipset, only one revision of the card (so you know exactly what you'll get) and green status on the website.

As an alternative, I'm very happy with my PCI Linksys WG311T using madwifi.
Old 01-14-2007, 12:25 PM   #3
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If you can find one with an rt2500 chipset, it'll be as solid as your setup allows it to be.
Old 01-14-2007, 12:55 PM   #4
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My laptop has the Atheros AR5005G chipset, which works great with MadWifi, just had to doubleclick the RPM file and everything was working after a restart.

I also have the ASUS WL-107G PCMCIA card that uses the rt2500 chipset and it was working great on my previous laptop.

I have to mention I have neither tried WEP nor WPA encryption because the networks I logged on to (Uni & restaurants/bars) were open, so I don't have any experience in that respect.


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