WiFi chipsets

Robert Crawford webguytx at gmail.com
Fri Jun 19 15:26:49 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 2:40 AM, David Fletcher <dave at thefletchers.net>

> 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
> -

​I use Ralink RT5370, you can search ebay.com, I get them for under $10.
They work great. With Debian just apt-get ralink driver file. Stay away
from the MT7601, there from (MediaTek) Ralink also. They are harder to get
to work.​



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