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Okay i finally have a computer that i don't need for anything at all so i can completely screw with it. Therefore i installed Debian. The only problem is i have no internet because my house is wireless. I know Linux can be picky with wireless cards so if someone can recommend me a cheap/effective one that works well with linux i would really appreciate it. A newegg link would be great Thanks in advance.
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You want a wireless adapter that is based on Atheros chipset, it should work right out of the box.
I recently bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833117206 and it worked right out of the box on Ubuntu. I know its not PCI.

I think this one is based on the Atheros chipset
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833117205
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Ralink chips also work well.
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Ralink chips also work well.
Is that the chipset or the card company sorry i dont know much, it's alot easier buying things for windows lol.
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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...

http://www.airlink101.com/products/awll3055.html
http://www.airlink101.com/products/awlh3026t.html

They both work out of the box.
Edited by Melcar - 5/14/08 at 8:55pm
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Ralink chips also work well.
You sure about that? My sister's laptop has the rt2500. In Ubuntu 8.04, she gets like 1/5 the connectivity reception she did in windows, and the speed is ~30KB/s vs 160KB/s which she usually gets.
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I have a Netgear WAG311 that works well in Ubuntu, but most other distros are fail with it without first getting online for the drivers. Atheros 5212 chipset, if I remember correctly.

There's also no Vista drivers for the thing. Gotta find generic Atheros for it in that case, which work well in my testing.

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You sure about that? My sister's laptop has the rt2500. In Ubuntu 8.04, she gets like 1/5 the connectivity reception she did in windows, and the speed is ~30KB/s vs 160KB/s which she usually gets.
Same issue with my card also, though it doesn't seem to affect actual performance. I get faster downloads in Ubuntu than in Windows from the same servers.
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Any Atheros chipset wireless card will work rather painlessly with Linux. If your distribution doesn't automatically recognize it and use it use "madwifi" drivers. I have an Atheros chipset wireless card running on one of my computers with madwifi drivers and it works flawlessly even though the computer isn't running a gui.
    
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Ralink chips also work well.
My ralink card works well if you have no encryption. However, the only distro I've been successful getting WPA encryption to work is Arch64 with netcfg2. Ubuntu, fedora, openSuSE, mint I have not worked.

I believe my card is WRT54G 4.1.
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i have the linksys wireless pci card and mine works fine in ubuntu, i just had to plug in wired once so it could download the restricted drivers but it did it all for me and works fine now.
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