Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to Select Linux Compatible Wireless Network Cards

How to Select Linux Compatible Wireless netwrok cards

If you are buying a new computer, it is best to select one with a wireless component that is designed for free software like Linux. A card designed for free software gives you improved support. Free software compatible devices also work out of the box.

To determine what wireless card/chipset you have, first determine whether it is a separate device plugged into the computer or not. If it is a separate USB device, open up a terminal and type the following:

$ lsusb

and look for words like "wireless" to find your card type.
For chips that are not USB but included in the computer, type:

$ lspci -v

List of Linux Compatible network adapters available here 

1 comment:

benn686 said...

I've had bad luck with USB wireless boards..

POWERLINK PL-2712N (Ralink RT3070)

Hawking HWDN1 (Ralink RT2870)

Alfa AWUS036H (Realtek RTL8187L)

Either that, or the Backtrack distro has limited support for usb wifis...