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Old 06-16-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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Linux compatible wifi card?

I need a linux compatible wifi card. Currently I have a belkin fsd6020v2 and it uses the atmel drivers. I hate this card!!! I not been able to get these drivers installed and the card working. Right now I all I want is a wifi card that at will work either right out of the box with linux (perfeffable mandrake) or comes with drives from the company. Please help me, if I cant get wifi working, than Im giving up on linux untill I can get wifi.
Old 06-16-2005, 09:32 PM   #2
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try looking at LQ HCL on this site. Honestly if you are looking for a windows like may be hard to come by. Most makers don't think Linux while they make drivers and I don't know if there are any cards out there that work out-of-the-box on linux. I use Intel Pro Wireless 2100 wifi card and i've set it up within 30 mins. on Suse 9.2, Ubuntu 5.04, FC 3 and Slackware 10.1. Hope this helps...


Edit: On ubuntu the card works-out-of-the-box.

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Old 06-17-2005, 05:53 AM   #3
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amazing, after my huge rant, I found a distro that liked me. Its kalled kanotix. its a live cd distro based on knoppix and debian. I really like it. It was designed to compatiility for wireless cards.
Old 04-29-2006, 05:17 AM   #4
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Ubuntu compatible wifi card

I've found a fully linux-compatible (or Ubuntu at least) wifi card. Most Ralink-based cards will work, and chose the Sweex LC700050 (many cards switch chipset based on prices so it's hard to know for sure it's got a Ralink chipset in it - AFAIK this card only ever uses Ralink so it was a sensible choice).

I've posted info on my website at
Old 04-29-2006, 11:07 AM   #5
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The Intel Pro 2200 wireless cards also work well with Linux. Intel has even been kind enough to release the driver as open source software (see I've also had good luck with cards using the Atheros chipset. Both of these work natively without needing ndiswrapper or something equally yucky.


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