[SATLUG] compatible 802.11 wifi card for Hardy?

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 6 14:38:43 CDT 2009

thanks for the excellent advice Don.  I will do this reading on the links
and info you sent.  I appreciate your help...

I did call Tengo Wireless Internet support today..they told me the USB ctads
work better on their system than the PCI cards..they like D Link but I need
to use the one that will work with Linux/ Hardy.

They also limit your use to 360mbs per day.  Is that ow you say it?  Any
idea how much time that would convert too for Mom doing email, light surfing
and reading the newspaper online?

You like NewEgg as the place for us to buy the adaptor from?

thanks again Don! c
On Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Don Wright <satlug at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Cheryl Holmes wrote:
> >My Mom lives in Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz.  They have changed wifi
> >service providers there and now wifi is available to her for free.
> >
> >She needs an 802.11 wifi card to use it..I need to know if any of you have
> >any idea which card is compatible (works with ) Hardy Heron?
> From comments on Newegg.com, many of the cheapest PCI (for desktops) and
> USB (for laptops) wireless adapters use the Ralink/Realtek chipsets that
> are supported in recent Linux kernels. You can get a decent one for less
> than $20. Some additional comments about wireless and Free software are
> here[1].
> Look at the comments for how well they work in general or other issues,
> but you can ignore the ones where Windows users don't know how to update
> the drivers. You should get an adapter with WPA2 (security) support.
> PCI cards that use an external antenna on a short cable seem to work
> better than those that connect directly to the back of the PC, as you
> have more choice in where you place the antenna for the best signal.
> You may want to update to the 8.04.3 Hardy LTS point release if you
> haven't been doing the regular security/bug-fix updates. This should get
> you a later kernel with better wireless support.
> I think this[2] is the one I got from Altex for the SATLUG show server,
> an old Dell OptiPlex GX1. Today I'd get a similar[3] one for half the
> price from Newegg.  --Don
> [1] http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/net/wireless/cards.html
> [2] ConnectGear WP440G 802.11g Wireless 54Mbps PCI Adapter
> http://www.altex.com/ConnectGear-Wireless-G-PCI-Adapter-WP440G-P142207C10871.aspx
> [3] Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166020
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