[lug] USB wireless

John Dollison johndollison at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 16 22:33:09 MDT 2008

One last link... 
This website lists USB wifi adapters that use the ZyDAS chipset, so they will probably work fine under Linux:
--John Dollison

> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 15:58:01 -0700> From: johnkarns at gmail.com> To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us> Subject: Re: [lug] USB wireless> > FWIW, the USB device I mentioned (assuming that the later production> runs use the same internal chipset, etc) i.e., the Zydas chip, does> have native Linux support. In fact, ISTR that Zydas provided the> original code.> > -- > jk> > On 9/15/08, John Dollison <johndollison at hotmail.com> wrote:> > I've been researching this for myself as well, but I don't have hands-on> > experience yet. I've read dozens of posts that say PCI works better if you> > want to spend the time and money for an external hi-gain antenna that can be> > mounted away from (preferably above) the PC; but USB devices often use the> > same receiver/transmitter chipset as PCI cards, and using a 3-to-4 foot USB> > cable makes it quick and easy to move the device around to maximize> > reception. Most older posts (pre-2007) seem to recommend PCI, while most> > recent posts recommend USB (2.0 only).> >> > The Ubuntu wiki has a page devoted to Wifi hardware support:> > https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported> >> > And this website has several pages devoted to PCI & USB driver compatibility> > / support:> > http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Devices> >> > I found several adapters (both PCI & USB) at NewEgg.com that got very good> > customer reviews that specifically mentioned performance under "Linux" or> > "Ubuntu"; but you have to poke around, since you can't search the reviews> > for keywords (as far as I know):> > http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=31&name=Wireless-Adapters> >> > Shuttle, which makes the Linux-based KPC computer, uses the Shuttle PN15,> > PN18, and PN20 cards, which use the (apparently well-supported) Zydas> > chipset:> > http://us.shuttle.com/MoreInfoPages/Wireless%20Module.htmlhttp://us.shuttle.com/barebone/Models/Accessory/PN20.html> > http://www.directron.com/pn18.html> > http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=92327> >> > System76, another pre-installed Linux vendor, appears to use the Intel Pro> > Wireless 3945 & 4965 cards.> >> > If that's not enough, a Google search for "USB vs. PCI wifi" turned up tons> > more info.--John DollisonWestminster, CO> >> >> >> >> To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us> Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 20:37:34 -0400> From:> >> gordongoldin at aim.com> Subject: [lug] USB wireless > > > I thought I posted> >> this before but then didn't see it.... %-{> > I have a bunch of PCs I need> >> to set up for wireless. It seems SOOOOO > much easier to buy those little> >> USB wireless plug-ins.> > Does anybody have comments? In a low-signal> >> environment are they > useless? How much worse than the cards with> >> antennae?> > Gordon > _______________________________________________> Web> >> Page: http://lug.boulder.co.us> Mailing List:> >> http://lists.lug.boulder.co.us/mailman/listinfo/lug> Join us on IRC:> >> lug.boulder.co.us port=6667 channel=#colug> _______________________________________________> Web Page: http://lug.boulder.co.us> Mailing List: http://lists.lug.boulder.co.us/mailman/listinfo/lug> Join us on IRC: lug.boulder.co.us port=6667 channel=#colug
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