Originally Posted by b.walker36
Is that the chipset or the card company sorry i dont know much, it's alot easier buying things for windows lol.
Yeah, it's the chip. They were popular and one would usually find them in PCI cards like in many Linksys and D-Links (they are easier to find than Atheros chips). The chips are still used, but some manufactures are switching over to Realtek chips, which tend to have very poor Linux support. If you do a search for Ralink you should come up with a very good list of cards with those chips; look for the rt2500 and rt61 chips, since those seem to have the best support. I use a Linksys WMP54G v4 which uses a rt2500 chip, and it works out of the box.
Another chip that works out of the box is the Zydas chip, found on many USB devices.
Unfortunately, when you go out to buy wireless adaptors, the boxes don't specify what chip they use (it would have been nice of them), and manufacturers often change chips when they do revisions of their devices (a v2 may have a Ralink, while a v3 may have a Realtek), so your best bet is to google for compatible devices.
Edit: If you have a Fry's nearby, you can pick up one of these for cheap...
They both work out of the box.Edited by Melcar - 5/14/08 at 8:55pm