Wireless LAN cards for Fedora?

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Tue Aug 5 21:23:41 UTC 2008

Jesus Jr M Salvo wrote:
> 2008/8/1 bruce <bedouglas at earthlink.net>:
>> hi...
>> for my $0.02....
>> i would argue for getting a cheap ~$40 linksys G usb wireless dongle...
>> i have a laptop, amd x64, running fedora8, and after trying for a few days
>> to get the madwifi/atheros stuff working, i got the usb dongle, plugged it
>> in, and lo and behold.. up/running in a matter of 5 mins!!!
>> good luck...
> I second that .. I just bought a Linkys WUSB54GC and it worked right
> out of the box with Fedora9 x86_64.
> It is using the rt73usb driver / module ... and the rtx drivers have
> been included in main-line kernel 2.6.22(?) since about Jan 2008.
I was ordering this and started reading reviews, really doesn't get a 
lot of love from people who have it:

I don't suppose anyone has tried the newer WUSB600N or WUSB300N, they 
both got decent reviews, support 802.11n (not a requirement), 256 bit 
encryption, and WPA2. The last could be an issue to connect at some 
customer sites. I'd love to have the features, the size of the 300N 
isn't an issue, and the price is less important than the reliability.

Most of the complaints are about signal, I'm spoiled, my old ACER laptop 
with ipw2200 and whatever firmware was around when FC4 was new will work 
at home from my office to the library, through a floor with 2x8 joists 
and three real (plaster and lathe) walls, and will hear two routers in 
the apartment house down the road and three in the college, at least 
400' and two brick walls away. People who say they have problems through 
a sheetrock wall make me think the sensitivity is lacking.

Google finds many questions on these adaptors, and only minimal success 
using ndiswrapper, which is not a long term solution. Well, newegg has 
these WUSB54GC on sale, I'll take a chance on getting one and see if it 
holds up. Maybe someone else will get a driver for the fancy new devices 
in the meantime.

Thanks for the part number.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
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