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post #11 of 20
just spend 10 bucks and get this Wireless N adapter

http://www.meritline.com/tenda-w311u...--p-56088.aspx

It detects in Ubuntu automatically
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I've had a ***** of a time with the broadcom wireless in my netbook. Most have a broadcom-wl package in arch you need to get it from the AUR but some need B43 or more blacklisted. The card finally just all together quit so I'm getting Intel wifi link 1000 which will supposedly be supported in th kernel.
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Originally Posted by randomizer View Post
It would be helpful to know what wireless NIC you are using, and which chipset it uses if you know.
I want to say they have mostly been broadcom NICs, although I had the same experience with a USB network adapter on a desktop that was of a different brand. The chipsets have been both intel atom based, core2, and AMD turion mobile (I know these aren't chipsets but it gives an idea as to the variety). I suspect some of the posters here are defensive about the comparison of windows and linux... not the intent of the thread, just a curious inquiry into the subject. As far as I am concerned the subtle differences in wireless connectivity is a non issue and hardly noticeable, but I have noticed this and I am curious if there any reasons as to why.
post #14 of 20
Hey there. i have recently (like in January) started using Linux and I got a TP-Link wireless NIC on my custom built rig and there is no need for me to even have drivers loaded or anything. it works out the box on linux. and it's the best NIC i've ever had. Very robust connections through walls and all. I've noticed people running into problems on laptops though. Laptops tend to be more problematic probably because it was built specifically to run Microsoft operating systems. Yeah, it does suck setting up wireless on a notebook or with other NICs that don't just run. I usually stick to the Linux approved hardware listings for info.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mothergoose729 View Post
I want to say they have mostly been broadcom NICs, although I had the same experience with a USB network adapter on a desktop that was of a different brand. The chipsets have been both intel atom based, core2, and AMD turion mobile (I know these aren't chipsets but it gives an idea as to the variety). I suspect some of the posters here are defensive about the comparison of windows and linux... not the intent of the thread, just a curious inquiry into the subject. As far as I am concerned the subtle differences in wireless connectivity is a non issue and hardly noticeable, but I have noticed this and I am curious if there any reasons as to why.
lot of it has to do with how you manage your wifi connections. there are several GUI based network managers for linux, each one having its strengths and weaknesses.

wicd seems to be the best for when you are roaming around, connecting to different wifi's all the time, network manager that comes with gnome, is bleh to begin with, but works well in static situations.

I have several wifi adapters that have this same problem, regardless of OS, some of it is faulty drivers, but in linux if i configure them manual without the use of a network manager, they work flawlessly.

here is a problem i have, that is sorta related, so i will mention it.

i have a android device, a motorola cliq, that will not connect to my home network with dhcp. every device i have, wired or wireless with windows or linux, will connect to it via dhcp (except the wii...), if i setup the ip/gateway/dns to static, it will connect without a problem, same with the wii...


wifi to me has always been "finicky" in any OS, i think it is a bad technology that is based on old principles that could benefit from a redesign.
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post #16 of 20
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The normal experience is exactly the opposite; that wireless is more finicky in Windows and Linux is stable. Perhaps you should look for a solution, or at least describe the problem in enough detail that the rest of us can attempt to find a solution.
This.

With Linux, I set my WiFi up, its a PITA and takes a long time, but once I do it, it works perfectly until I pacman -Syu and some update breaks it (Yet to happen though)
With Windows, I set it up in 5 seconds but it regularly drops connections in the middle of loading/using that stuff. (Eg. to MSN)
    
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I find that my Windows connection doesn't always connect automatically each time I boot up. It's usually fine, but I'd say 1/5 boot ups result in it just not connecting, and thus making Steam nag me about being unable to get online. It works fine if I manually connect it afterwards, it's just a minor annoyance.
    
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post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brutuz View Post
This.

With Linux, I set my WiFi up, its a PITA and takes a long time, but once I do it, it works perfectly until I pacman -Syu and some update breaks it (Yet to happen though)
With Windows, I set it up in 5 seconds but it regularly drops connections in the middle of loading/using that stuff. (Eg. to MSN)
You should be clear that that's Arch, which doesn't necessarily have the best quality control.
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Quote:
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You should be clear that that's Arch, which doesn't necessarily have the best quality control.
Yeah, true, it was the same for me in Ubuntu anyway when I last tried it, even though the drivers for my WiFi card have been in the kernel since 2.6.29 or something. (Even touted with Linux Support on the box)
    
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post #20 of 20
That's odd, my linux works 100x better and I'm on a broadcom chipset! lol
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