[SATLUG] compatible 802.11 wifi card for Hardy?

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 6 18:31:15 CDT 2009

Don, thank you very much!  You're putting a lot of time and effort into
this..I appreciate it very much...

I have been also searching and found this...see below..

Mom is 74 and I don't want to deal with something I have to feel around with
to make it work.  I'm looking for something compatible top Hardy that will
work right out of the box...

To date, two cards are fully supported and have been confirmed to work "out
of the box" with Ubuntu 8.04.1 (and Windows XP) on the Wind/Advent 4211:

   - The Intel PRO/Wireless
is available new for
   under $30<http://www.google.com/products?q=wireless+3945ABG&btnG=Search+Products&show=dd&checkout=1>.

   - The Atheros
available new for
   around $30<http://www.google.com/products?q=GN-WI01GT&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:unofficial&client=firefox-a&um=1&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=11&ct=title>.


I don't have the knowledge to make something work and I am tied of trying
too.  Have already gone through that when she got a 3 g usb card that would
never work and had to be initialized by a win pc which we never found anyone
with a win pc to do for us.

thanks again...c :o)

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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