USB wireless adaptor (802.11g)

Shu Hung (Koala) koalay at gmail.com
Wed Mar 8 01:32:40 UTC 2006


On 3/7/06, Larry Grover <lgrover at zoominternet.net> wrote:

> Shu Hung (Koala) wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm planning to buy a USB wireless adaptor
> > for my laptop but hesitated. I don't know
> > what model should I go for and how exactly
> > should I deploy the adaptor.
> >
> > Any suggestion on adaptor's model?
> > Any good documentation on installation?
> > (It would be great if the adaptor JUST WORK
> > with ubuntu)
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Koala Yeung
> >
>
> I bought a usb wireless adapter just a couple of weeks ago.  It was not
> easy to decide what to buy.  Wireless usb support in the linux kernel
> seems rather patchy.  I needed a device with a native linux driver
> (ndiswrapper was not an option), and the manufacturers certainly do not
> make it easy to figure out what chipsets they use in their products.
>
> I started with this wiki page:
>
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsWirelessNetworkCards?action=show&redirect=WirelessNetworkCards
> There is a section on wireless usb adapters near the bottom of the page.
>
> Unfortunately, I couldn't find any of the adapters listed on the wiki
> page.  But while I was searching for a supplier for one of them, I came
> across this page, for the Prismiq WUA-11G sold by Newegg:
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833198003
> There are two customer reviews on this page, and they both said it
> worked on their linux systems, so I took a gamble and ordered one.  I
> was very pleased to find out that it did, in fact, "just work", at least
> on the two systems I tested it on:  powerpc (iBook) running
> ubuntu-dapper and and x86 system running breezy.
>
> The Prismiq WUA-11G uses a zd1211 chip, so I imagine any wireless usb
> adapter using this chip should also work.  There is a list of devices
> using this chip here:  http://zd1211.ath.cx/
>
> Regards,
> Larry



Thanks for your suggestion.
I'll try to buy one in Hong Kong.
Prismiq is rare in HK and I hope I can find one.

Thanks,
Koala
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