WiFi chipsets

David Fletcher dave at thefletchers.net
Tue Jun 16 07:40:42 UTC 2015


On Tue, 2015-06-16 at 08:36 +0200, Petter Adsen wrote:
> I was recently given an HP laptop by a family friend, that I need to
> upgrade. It only has 100Mbps Ethernet and really slow WiFi, and I need
> something faster. I have a 1200ac router running OpenWRT, so I'm
> considering a WiFi adapter that will get as much speed as possible when
> connected to that.
> 
> As I suspect the WiFi adapter is on a replaceable mini-PCI card, that's
> what I will probably get, or a USB adapter if that isn't possible. This
> machine will be running vivid for now.
> 
> What chipsets do you people have good experience with, and would
> recommend? 
> 
> Petter
> 

Intel and Atheros.

You may find, though, that a card won't work in your laptop even though
it physically fits in the slot. For example I bought a couple of Intel
chipped dual band WiFi cards through ebay. The first one I fitted, in my
10 inch Toshiba netbook, works perfectly. The second one I tried in a
friend's older Acer laptop. It fits the slot, and shows up in lspci, but
it won't work. I'm told that this might be something to do with hardware
white/black lists built into certain BIOSes.

Dave

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