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USB Wireless Adaptors?
« on: February 15, 2009, 07:42:31 pm »
Hi, I am very new to the Linux scene but I decided to replace Win98 on my ancient comp with Linux so that I could use wireless internet on it via a usb adaptor (stringing an ethernet cable isn't quite possible).

So how would this work?  Do I need to look for specific adaptors to make it work on Vector Linux, or do I need to look for certain drivers, or do I just plug anything in and voila?


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Re: USB Wireless Adaptors?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 08:13:44 pm »
Here is some basic information to start. Linux wireless can be a pain or a breeze.

One would think that it would be simple just ask what wireless device to get
and then go buy one.

The problem is that the manufactures change the wireless chipsets even on the
same model name and make. I think of it as a sick twist.

So the best advice is to get the name, make, model and version number then
Google the device using Linux as the first word for the search. Then purchase
after that. I have in the past have asked the sales people to do a Google search
for a device. Sometimes that works and other times it does not.

Doing your research will make the device install easier.