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Wireless USB adapters that work with Puppy Linux?
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rmcellig

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Aug 2012, 17:57    Post_subject:  Wireless USB adapters that work with Puppy Linux?  

I would like to know which USB adapters work with Puppy Linux 5.2.8 hopefully out of the box. I would love to hear from Puppy uses that actually use a USB adapter to connect wirelessly and that works hopefully out of the box.
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug 2012, 03:58    Post_subject: Netgear WG111 variants  

Netgear WG111 variants use the P54usb driver (in 528). I have this device - bit dated though.
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kattman

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug 2012, 11:55    Post_subject:  

For range and speed this one is great http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833381004
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug 2012, 12:58    Post_subject:  

The chipset and driver are the primary consideration, not
manufacturer.

Try to avoid latest (wireless N) which may not have Linux
native drivers for them yet.

http://linux-wless.passys.nl/

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Eldon

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug 2012, 13:06    Post_subject:  

Well, you'll still have to configure it anyway.

The ones that don't work, you can usually make work with the windows driver through ndiswrapper,

I'm using slacko 5.3.1 and a netgear adapter wpn111 a/b/g that I got cheap on ebay almost a year ago.

But it only works if you use the windows driver because puppy doesn't have one for that wpn111 atheros chip.

I think that as long as you can do that, it doesn't (necessarily) matter if it's b/g/ or N wifif as the above poster said.

But if you want something for which the drivers are in 5.2.8 you can maybe find out by looking up the chipsets and models of the ones you might buy, then load puppy and go to the network config to manually load a driver, and see if there's a driver that's likely to support what you want to buy.

In my case there's an atheros usb wifi driver, but for a different chipset, and mine's not supported...but I'm still using it right now.
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