List: Linux Compatible USB Wireless Adapter (WUSB)

by on June 23, 2010 · 95 comments· LAST UPDATED April 20, 2011

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A regular question from my mailbag:

I am in the process of up grading my computer. Where can I get a list of the WUSB for Linux?

Wireless USB adapters are pretty popular for desktop and laptop usage in home. It is capable of sending 480 Mbit/s at distances up to 3 meters and 110 Mbit/s at up to 10 meters. Newer N series can work at 270Mbit/s at up to 300 meters. However, 50-100 meters are acceptable ranges. Unfortunately, finding Linux compatible USB wireless adapter is a big challenge due to driver issues. Over a past few years, I've used and installed various USB wireless adapters and created my own small HCL for it. In this quick blog post I will list all working USB wireless adapter.

Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N

Buffalo's Wireless-N WLI-UC-G300 compact USB 2.0 adapter is fully compatible with Linux. Currently I'm using this device with Ubuntu Linux 10.4 and it works out of box. No driver installation is required. Simply add your wireless WPA2 password and you will be hooked up to wireless network. The driver in latest version of Ubuntu kernel is broken and you need to install the driver from source code. (Driver Link for RT2870)

Asus USB-N13

Asus USB-N13 802.11n/g/b network adapter supports USB 2.0 wireless and speed up to 300Mbps Wireless data rates. I get superb connection speed upto 270Mbps and it was auto detected by Linux. (Driver Link for RT2870)

Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless USB Adapter (ver 3)

Belkin F5D8053 version 3 also works with Linux. It supports USB 2.0 wireless and speed up to 300Mbps at up to 300 meters. I've tested this one with Fedora Linux. (Driver Link for RT2870)

AboCom WU-5204

AboCom WU-5204 is another compact adapter which is fully compatible with Linux. It complies with IEEE 802.11n draft 3.0 and IEEE 802.11 b/g standards and works with USB 2.0/1.1. interface. This one worked and detected, however after some time it started to drop traffic for multimedia stuff. If possible avoid this one due to poor performance.

D-Link DWA-140

The D-Link RangeBooster NUSB Adapter (DWA-140) is a 802.11n compliant wireless client for your Linux desktop or notebook PC. I've tested this one with Fedora and Debian Linux. Like all other adapter it supports WPA and WPA2 security features. (Driver Link for RT2870)

EDIMAX EW-7718Un

EW-7718Un complies with 802.11n draft 2.0, the next generation wireless standard. With the advanced MIMO technology, it can support the data transmission rate up to 300Mbps. EW-7718Un stable wireless connection and high bandwidth enable you enjoying the network applications without any interruption with Linux based systems. (Driver Link for RT2870 #2 # 2 link)

TRENDNET TEW 664UB

TEW-664UB is 300Mbps dual band wireless N USB adapter. It is compliant with IEEE 802.11n standard and backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11a devices. It supports both WPA and WPA2 security.

SMC WUSBS-N3

The EZ Connect N 150Mbps Wireless USB2.0 Adapter (SMCWUSBS-N3) enables wireless connectivity to your desktop or notebook computer and provides improved throughput and range while maintaining full backwards compatibility with the Wireless-G (802.11g) and Wireless-B (802.11b) standards.

ZyXEL NWD-211AN and NWD-270N

ZyXEL NWD-211AN and NWD-270N both works with Linux operating systems. It complies with 802.11n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g. It supports wireless security transmission with WPA/WPA2 and 802.1x.

Sparklan WUBR-501

Sparklan WUBR-501 use USB 2.0 interface and speed up to 300Mbps. It support WPA and WPA2 security.

AirLink101 AWLL6090

AWLL6090 Wireless 300N USB Adapter delivers speeds up to 300Mbps. This USB adapter is fully backward compatible with 802.11b/g and RoHS compliant.

ConnectGear WU260N

ConnectGear WU260N Wireless N USB Adapter 802.11n/g/b supports speed upto 300Mbps with USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports. It's also backward compatible with the existing IEEE802.11g and 802.11b standards for existing wireless networks. Both WPA and WPA2 are supported by this device.

Penguin 802.11G USB Wireless Network Adapter

It is one of the few USB wifi cards with a chipset that has free drivers and firmware for 802.11N. Almost impossible to find elsewhere. May be one of the only that is even compatible with free distributions like Trisquel.

Notes

Most of the above devices are automatically installed. If not try updating your kernel version. I hope this post will save some time for readers while purchasing USB wireless adapter for Linux operating systems.

The list is for information and ready references only. Please do your own research before purchasing any device listed here.

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1 aysabzevar June 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

Great post!
Thanks man.

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2 american January 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

Vivek gite-made in china
Is that all you can find ?
Just 13 models.
by the way why are you post something,if you don’t care to fulfill subject.

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3 Tinho Chan June 24, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hello, I would like to know if any of those adapters can be setup as master mode (access point). Anyway thx for publishing the list of available wireless USB adapters for Linux. Cheers, Tinho.

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4 Anonymous June 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm

The alpha AWUS036H is fully supported in linux for things like access point and packet injection. I have one myself and it’s pretty good. It doesn’t support spec N though

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5 job August 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

The Penguin 802.11N supports master mode and packet injection.

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6 Jeroen June 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

The Linksys WPC300N PCMCIA network card works out of the box too in Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04. Read my experiences here: http://ubuntu-install.blogspot.com/2010/04/wireless-networking-in-ubuntu.html

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7 M.S. Babaei June 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

tnx!! I’m already looking for such a list.

but wait!! what about BSD??

If you have an USB wireless that works with both Linux and BSD out of the box I’ll be very appreciated to hear it.

tnx again.

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8 nixCraft June 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm

There is work in progress for RT2870 based chipset (most of the above use this chipset). So you can use this with FreeBSD. I’ve no idea about OpenBSD / NetBSD etc. For more info see:
http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=7562 (will be part of FreeBSD 9 current)
http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=7010

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9 M.S. Babaei June 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

oh thank you so much.
Now I can select my card from this list.

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10 job August 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

The Penguin 802.11G USB wifi card works with Freebsd 8+ and all recent Linux distributions. Penguin 802.11N USB wifi card works with openbsd and all recent Linux distributions. There is a good chance that both freebsd and openbsd will work with both freebsd, openbsd, and other BSD distributions as the drivers and firmware not dependent on proprietary firmware.

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11 TopGun June 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm

WTF? What is use of such useless list?

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12 M.S. Babaei June 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

when u can’t c u can’t c….

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13 Stef June 28, 2010 at 3:16 am

Wrong site for Windows users.

BTW Thanks++ for the list Vivek -it has always been painful getting an up to date list of “work out of the box” 802.11n adapters.

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14 Joe June 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

RT2870 based devices and should work with both FreeBSD and Linux:

Airlink101 AWLL6090
ASUS USB-N11
ASUS WL-160N
Belkin F5D8051 ver 3000
Belkin F5D8053
Belkin F5D8055
Belkin F6D4050 ver 1
Buffalo WLI-UC-AG300N
Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N
Buffalo WLI-UC-GN
Corega CG-WLUSB2GNL
Corega CG-WLUSB2GNR
Corega CG-WLUSB300AGN
Corega CG-WLUSB300GNM
D-Link DWA-130 rev B1
D-Link DWA-140
DrayTek Vigor N61
Edimax EW-7711UAn
Edimax EW-7711UTn
Edimax EW-7717Un
Edimax EW-7718Un
Gigabyte GN-WB30N
Gigabyte GN-WB31N
Gigabyte GN-WB32L
Hawking HWDN1
Hawking HWUN1
Hawking HWUN2
Hercules HWNU-300
Linksys WUSB54GC v3
Linksys WUSB600N v1 and v2
Mvix Nubbin MS-811N
Planex GW-USMicroN
Planex GW-US300MiniS
Sitecom WL-182
Sitecom WL-188
Sitecom WL-301
Sitecom WL-302
Sitecom WL-315
SMC SMCWUSBS-N2
Sweex LW303
Sweex LW313
Unex DNUR-81
Unex DNUR-82
ZyXEL NWD210N
ZyXEL NWD270N

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15 M.S. Babaei June 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

very appreciated@!! ;-)

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16 Rob July 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Hi Joe, You mented that DWA-130 works. I cannot get it to work. Any suggestions to run it on Linux. I have used Ubuntu 10.4, Linux Mint and Ultimate Edition 2.7 and 2.8. Is there some thing I am doing wrong. Thanks Rob

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17 job August 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

This is misleading. This chipset is NOT and can never be supported on all versions of Linux…

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18 Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Can you also tell how to connect using wireless usb dongles availble in india, eg. reliance netconnect, tata photon, mts blaze,etc.

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19 nixCraft June 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

See how to use Tata photon+

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20 Anonymous June 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

But none of the vendor linked in this post says they support Linux or provides any links for Linux drivers.

TIA

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21 Jeremy July 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

The Penguin 802.11N and 802.11G adapters don’t need a driver if you are using a remotely recent distribution like Ubuntu 10.04+ (within the last year or two). They use the AR9170 chipset and the RT8187B chipsets. Both are built-in to the kernel.

I’m not sure about the others although from my experience if they are 802.11N chances are they are more of a pain to get working. You generally have to install something. Which often isn’t clear unless you know what you are doing and even then… the 802.11G adapters are more prevalent and work better in many cases.

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22 Serve Technology July 3, 2010 at 8:29 am

Hello, I would like to know if any of those adapters can be setup as master mode (access point). Anyway thx for publishing the list of available wireless USB adapters for Linux. Cheers, Tinho.
daizy

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23 Jeremy July 20, 2011 at 2:57 am

http://www.thinkpenguin.com/ has an 802.11N adapter which can be used in master mode. They actually have two now. One is for those looking to do projects with it and has detachable antennas.

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24 Serve Technology July 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

Thanks for the great idea.
daizy

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25 Serve Technology July 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

Thanks for the great idea.

daizy

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26 Brae39 July 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

This information is very helpful. Thank you!

I looked into the RT2870 driver package downloaded from Asus for USB-N13. At a brief glance, there seems to be quite a bit of configuration to do. Are most of them optional? I want to use this adapter on CentOS 5.4, kernel 2.6.18 and hope the driver installation and configuration process is relatively straighforward.

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27 nixCraft July 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

CentOS is server distro so it comes with stable and older kernel version without driver. But, if you use desktop distro such as Ubuntu or latest kernel, it takes just 1 mintue to configure the same using GUI tools such as network manager. Otherwise, you need to compile and match all other settings as specified in README.txt or INSTALL file.

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28 job August 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

While this should work on some Linux distributions and your problem is probably different this won’t work with all distributions.

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29 Lighting - Al July 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

Looks wonderful. Great reading your post as well. Thank you for the information you provided.

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30 Kevin July 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I really hope you are right about these. I am in need of a wireless for an old, and I mean old, laptop that is substituting for a netbook. I’m running ubuntu 10.04 netbook on it and it works fine for being so old, but need wifi for it to work, so, I just ordered the Asus usb-N13. Thanks so much for the article, I’ve had a heck of a time trying to figure out linux wireless drivers to not much avail, so any auto-recognized wireless adapter would be wonderful.
Thanks.

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31 eco July 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

How about Buffalo WLI-UC-GNP and Logitec LAN-WN11/U2. Are they supported by Linux esp. Ubuntu. Can they also act as access point ?

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32 nixCraft July 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I’ve only tested and used above for myself and/or for my clients. So I cannot comment on other hardware version. If you can, try to buy supported version; otherwise you may have to use ndiswrapper.

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33 Rob July 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Hi Vivek Gite. Your list was a great help for me. A new convert to Linux. recently purchaced windows 7. I have two children with seperate computers but could only afford one license. My son 13, loves Linux. Presently running Ubuntu 10.4. He loves the Eye Candy effects. I think there is a herd of Windows Users that would also like to leave the shackles of Microsoft. A few years back I had learned about Linux on the internet but was uanble to run It on my PC. Time had past and came along on Ubunto 10.4. It worked on my new rig. I like to build my own rigs since the store brands are expensive with the specs that I wanted and filled with bloat ware. I was very fortunate to have a DWA-130 USB D-Link Wifi Adapter to work on my PC and used Windows network Driver loader… I had a realy big challenge to use Ndis wrapper. It just so happends that I have a DWA-140 USB D-link Wifi but i cannot get it to work using the standard GUI Wireless Adapter. With some many blogs and info I do not seem to find an accurate source on how to use NDIS wrapper. is there a good site that has very specific instructions on how to use Ndiswrapper. I need a spoon feed tutorial that explains all the steps. I might just OPt out and by another USB DWA-140 on Ebay. Any info on DWA-130 would greatly be appreacited. My printer was also another challenge. It works but for some reason only prints in draft, 600 x 600. i tried to change the properties but it still prints in Draft. My printer is an HP p1006. the drivers installed correct, but it prints graphics in draft.
Sorry, about all these questions, I have spent about 2 weeks stuck to the computer staying up till 3:00 am sometimes. Time flies when you are having fun. I just enjoy Linux. So far I have installed it on my laptop, Dual boot (Vista-Linux, also dual boot XP-Linux, and now Windows seven dual-boot with Linux) on 2 other PC’s. I am like a kid att a Candy Store. Any help would be appreciated. Are there any good links you might suggest. I did upgrade the kernel and that helped with the DWA-140, but i am stuck on the DWA-130.
about DWA-130 USB wifi and HP p1006. I have been telling my friends about Linux and have brought a few mags on the subject of Linux. Thanks, peace nad have a blessed Day Rob.

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34 nixCraft July 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm

DWA-130 rev. B1 is only supported by Linux. Use lsusb command to find out revision number. Otherwise you can try ndiswrapper method (see help page). But, I’ve not tested DWA-130.

HTH

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35 Rob July 24, 2010 at 4:37 am

Hello Vivek. Thanks again for the quick response. I will look at the link you posted. I have used this page before but I seem to be getting some errors, I was using DWA-130 version D1. Also are all versions of DWA-140 supported by Linux?

Rob

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36 Rob July 24, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Vivek,

Ok, What did i Do wrong? Went to the store and purchased the Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N
It did not work out of the Box. So what went wrong. I tried to configure it with Ndiswrapper and used Widows network drivers, So whats Up?

Rob

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37 nixCraft July 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

Nothing is wrong. The driver under latest kernel is broken and it is looking in the wrong location for the firmware. There seem to be a few bug reports relating to this one. All, you’ve to do is download and install driver from above ralinktech website. There are patches to fix this issue at ubuntu forums. Edit : I’m currently using and posting this from same device and driver :)

ifconfig ra0
ra0       Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1d:73:bc:e4:6e
          inet addr:192.168.1.103  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::21d:73ff:febc:e46e/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:3687 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:437 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:690649 (690.6 KB)  TX bytes:95699 (95.6 KB)
lsmod | grep rt2
rt2870sta             557261  1
 modinfo rt2870sta | head -4
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.32-23-generic-pae/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt2870sta.ko
version:        2.4.0.0
license:        GPL
description:    RT2870 Wireless Lan Linux Driver

If you need more help regarding this, use our forum or if any of you need more info and tutorial regarding driver installation, let me know. I will post it in our FAQ section.

HTH

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38 Rich August 21, 2010 at 6:45 am

yes, please post a FAQ on this driver install. make, make install, and blacklisting all came off without error using the ralink RT2870 driver, but this adaptor is still non functioning in ubuntu 10.04.

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39 nixCraft August 21, 2010 at 7:12 am

I will post it next week in our FAQ section, please keep an eye on our rss feed :)

HTH

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40 Rich August 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm

any update on this FAQ?

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41 nixCraft September 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm
42 Rob July 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hi Vivek, thanks for the quick response. You are the man!!! But i ended up returning the Buffalo USB and exchanged it for the DWA-140 ver B1. And that was a wrap. I hower learned a great deal from your post. Well thanks for your help. Does Linux plan to have self installing drivers in the future. Like Debian, it seems that they run themselves almost like a self exploding Exe. file. I am so gald that I was able to use Linux with Wireless Access. I think this would turn off a lot of New Linux Converts. Thanks Vivek. I will keep you as a good source to ask QUestions as they arise.

Rob

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43 nixCraft September 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

See Ubuntu specific driver installation info – http://io9.in/8z – it should work under Debian too (with little modification).

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44 Jeremy July 20, 2011 at 3:20 am

You should never need to install driver/firmware with a GNU/Linux system. The development model does not support this. GNU/Linux is not a Microsoft environment and it doesn’t even work terribly well in Microsoft Windows.

Drivers/firmware when released under a free software license can be included in GNU/Linux distributions. If the source code is not available under a free software license you will run into problems eventually.

You will find devices that stop working after an upgrade, devices that work with some distributions and not others, devices which require a complicated installation procedure, and cards that are simply unreliable (and can’t be fix).

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45 marcos September 2, 2010 at 5:45 am

hi Vivek Gite

Firts of all thanks for the list, great job!!!
I have a few questions regarding ZyXEL NWD-211AN.
Maybe you can help me, I was googling the past few days, but I didn’t find useful info.
I’m trying to use ZyXEL NWD-211AN on my HTPC (mythbuntu 9.04).
The questions I have are:
– Does ZyXEL NWD-211AN work out of the box? I mean just plug in, restart the pc and it should be recognized?
If I do lusb I see it there but I’m not sure if the drivers were loaded.
I have to admit I do not really know how to check if the drivers were really loaded and the usb wlan-stick was properly recognized.
Do you know a howto that you can recomend to properly install ZyXEL NWD-211AN on linux?

Regards,
Marcos

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46 Kharan September 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hi there
I bought a Zyxel NWD-211AN and am trying to get it to run under Ubuntu 10.04.1. Sadly no luck so far. It has some kind of Ralink chip (says lsusb) but I don’t know which one exactly. The device is shown in lsusb, but no rt* module is loaded and there is no network device.
I tried your howto http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-install-rt2870-chipset-based-usb-wireless-adapter.html with no luck. I also tried the newest mainline kernel (2.6.36-something) which also didn’t work. Any ideas how to get it to run?

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47 Kharan September 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Ok I got it working using ndiswrapper :)

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48 marcos September 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

Hi Karan

I have the same problem as you were having with the NWD-211AN.
I also tried ndiswrapper but I was not able to load the module…
Can you tell me how did you exactly proceed to get it working with ndiswrapper?

Regards,
Marcos

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49 Kharan September 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

Well, actually not much… I just installed ndiswrapper & ndiswrapper-gtk from the Ubuntu repositories, then downloaded this driver (ftp://ftp.zyxel.com/NWD-211AN/driver/NWD-211AN_1.0.0.zip) and installed it with ndiswrapper-gtk (make sure to use the Windows XP driver). After a reboot the stick was recognized.
However it seems to be quite unstable, but at least it’s working. It seems to be working better using wicd & dhcpcd and removing the default network manager.

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50 marcos September 8, 2010 at 9:27 am

hi kharan

thanks for your quickly reply.
i will try to follow the same steps
just one question, did you use iwconfig to check if the device was recognized?

regards,
marcos

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51 abcde November 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

Anyone tried to get NWD-211AN or NWD-270N to work with Ubuntu 10.04 by installing just usb-modeswitch & usb-modeswitch-data packages? Earlier Ubuntu’s have them pre-installed, but not 10.04.

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52 Azfar September 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

HELP!!!!!!!!! how about GW-USMini2N?

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53 Terence Golightly October 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Vivek,

I have a GSky GS-27USB “high power” uses realtek drivers. Works out of the box great.

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54 Razali November 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Hi Vivek, I’m really new to linux, can please you guide me how to transfer data up to 1++mbps? Because almost my transferring data can go max up to 3mbps only when using :
Fedora 11 – Kernel 2.6.30
Wireless N Gigabit Router – TL-WR1043ND
TL-WN821N v2 USB – linuxwireless driver
Western Digital World Edition 1T Gigabit

Best Regards,
Razali

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55 Wally November 23, 2010 at 1:20 am

The rtl8187 works brilliantly in Linux. No n, but it’s a great chip.

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56 job August 16, 2011 at 12:11 am

This chip does work well across Linux distributions. The Penguin 802.11G uses it. The only issue is it does NOT have support for master mode. Not that this should be an issue for most.

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57 Norman LeDonne December 29, 2010 at 1:24 am

I see that the ASUS USB-N13 works. I have Fedora 14 with this wireless dongle. Being a Linux newbie, I have no idea how to install it. Do you have detailed instructions somewhere?

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58 Vi January 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Oh, please tell us which of these devices can fully function as AP(master mode) under linux?

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59 Pat February 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

As Vi, i’d like to know wich devices can be used as AP under Linux.

Thanks,

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60 me! December 1, 2011 at 2:22 am

Both versions of the Penguin 802.11N can be used as an AP.

http://www.thinkpenguin.com/

The directions from here work perfectly:

http://exain.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/making-a-wifi-hotspot-access-point-using-linux-wifi-lan-cardusb-adapter/

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61 Glenn March 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

1)I would like to use the D-Link DWA-140 on Fedora 14 but when I go to the drivers page and download the “2010_1217_RT5390_LinuxSTA_V2.4.0.4_WiFiBTCombo_DPO.zip” file, I notice that there are no instruction to follow. No read me, no step by step command to run. I feel like a man walling in the desert for many days who comes across an oasis where there is no water.

2) I would even be happy to buy a new USB wireless adapter if I was assured that it would work as soon as I inserted it into my Fedora 14 laptop.

Please help us.

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62 josh March 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

It isn’t clear which chipsets each of those cards are using. I believe some of those are the older 802.11G. Any of the 802.11N cards are not going to be GNU/Linux friendly unless they use the Atheros AR9170 chipset. It is the only chipset that I have found which is fully supported in GNU/Linux by the chipset manufacturer and in the mainline kernel which does not require a non-free firmware. That makes it the best supported wifi chipset on the market. Currently it is almost impossible to get though. If you are in the US you can order the 802.11N USB card from ThinkPenguin.com. I spotted a USB card available in the UK which supports it too although I can’t recall where or the card.

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63 Daniel April 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I install the Asus USB-N13 on Unbuntu 10.10 64 bit, it works only at 54Mb/s, how do I make work at 300Mb/s?

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64 Gav May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Can anyone suggest the best wireless adapter(s) for Ubuntu 10.10 or 11.04? Ideally small & cheap but the biggest factor I need is for it to work ‘out of the box’ for my Acer Aspire One 110-AB netbook.

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65 Jared May 28, 2011 at 4:10 am

It is the chipsets you have to be concerned about not the cards. Atheros AR9170 for 802.11N. Realtek RTL8187 for 802.11G. Best chipsets you can get for Linux. They have support across the board and work with all the recent distributions including Ubuntu 10.04-11.04. Earlier for G. The chipsets though are generally not what companies specify so be careful. You probably will order a few before finding one that is desirable. The other option is to go to ThinkPenguin.com and order one. They’ll ship internationally if you look on the support page (i think it is). They also do USPS shipping (which is cheaper) if you ask nicely.

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66 Suvi July 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Any Idea for a driver for the Motorola 802.11N Wireless USB Stick?
it uses a Ralink chip. Any driver from Motorola for Linux directly?
Fedora, if possible.

/var/log/message is mentioning:
Jul 11 15:41:29 tower kernel: [ 425.889346] usb 2-4: USB disconnect, address 2
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.193029] usb 2-4: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.322713] usb 2-4: New USB device found, idVendor=148f, idProduct=2878
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.322719] usb 2-4: New USB device strings: Mfr=6, Product=7, SerialNumber=8
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.322724] usb 2-4: Product: 802.11 n WLAN
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.322727] usb 2-4: Manufacturer: Ralink
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.322729] usb 2-4: SerialNumber: 1.0
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower kernel: [ 430.324221] scsi9 : usb-storage 2-4:1.0
Jul 11 15:41:33 tower mtp-probe: checking bus 2, device 3: “/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-4″
Jul 11 15:41:34 tower mtp-probe: bus: 2, device: 3 was not an MTP device
Jul 11 15:41:34 tower kernel: [ 431.327519] scsi 9:0:0:0: CD-ROM Ralink Wireless 11n 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
Jul 11 15:41:34 tower kernel: [ 431.330516] sr1: scsi3-mmc drive: 52x/52x cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
Jul 11 15:41:34 tower kernel: [ 431.331271] sr 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 5

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67 Chris July 13, 2011 at 12:53 am

That is not going to work. Not well anyway if at all. Ralink has not released the firmware for it’s 802.11N chipset. It probably does have open source drivers though. You may be able to get it working. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. Most users will not succeed and give up after a few hours of trying.

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68 Suvi July 13, 2011 at 6:04 am

Hi Chris your are right.
I tried an hour and stopped. No open source driver and not included in the main kernel. After trying to install the ralink driver, from their website it still showed me the stick as a normal usb drive;-(
I am going to email those taiwanese people!

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69 Jeremy July 20, 2011 at 3:10 am

I applaud this effort.

We need to complain to those who are capable of releasing drivers and firmware. The appropriate place to complain is Atheros. This is a chipset manufacturer which has been opening up and doing an excellent job in recent years until recently. If they don’t know there is demand it is unlikely that they will continue to release the source code under a free software license. They have not released the code for the latest firmware for 802.11N USB wifi cards.

Make sure to let them know what free software is. You don’t want them to think that you mean they should release a driver which is available without paying for it (which wouldn’t really make sense anyway given companies don’t charge for this).

I would include this:

Free software licence is a software licence which grants recipients rights to modify and redistribute the software, which would otherwise be prohibited by the license.

We have already reached that critical point where there are NO available USB Wifi cards for free software systems. At least very very soon. We are probably talking months. I have investigated this and the old stock just doesn’t exist nor can we get more of it produced. That means we NEED a new chipset for free software systems.

Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
t +1 858.587.1121
info@qca.qualcomm.com

Qualcomm Atheros San Jose
1700 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA 95110
t +1 408.773.5200
f +1 408.773.9940
qca.info@qca.qualcomm.com

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70 Crash July 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Just tried D-Link DWA-130 (Rev. E1) with Linux Mint 11, worked right away, didn’t have to do anything.

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71 Jeremy July 20, 2011 at 3:13 am

This does not work for everybody. It works with some distributions and not others. It will never work for everybody.

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72 kurian September 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

hi
I have an asus n130 usb wifi dongle.My OS is linux mint 9 isadora (genome) .i have a set of packages that i am suppoused to convert to drivers. But when i try make , the terminla shows the following error
make: *** /lib/modules/2.6.32-33-generic/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
make: *** [all] Error 2
can any one help me?

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73 Tracey September 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

wondering where in Vancouver, BC I can buy a wireless usb for linux?

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74 Larry Miller September 30, 2011 at 3:46 am

I found a perfect work out of the box solution for most linux distros tested it with Ubuntu 11.04, Mint Linux 11.04, and Super O/S 2011 its Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11 B/G/N

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75 Mahdi October 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi all,
Have you ever tested these USB dongles in ad-hoc mode? I’m wondering to see how do they perform in this mode, do they can still reach 11n speeds (above 54Mbps) or not? I appreciate any comment on this.

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76 Micro USB Adapter October 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

I’ve been using this Linux Compatible USB Wireless Adapter for my laptop computer and it’s just great. It’s very easy and simple to use. I’m sure a lot of tech savvy will love this. Thanks for sharing this post.

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77 Will Spaller November 27, 2011 at 5:31 am

I am wondering if anyone knows knows if the Lenovo v570 1066 wireless card is supported by Linux. I really want it to be my primary os but I need to be able to connect to the internet. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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78 me! December 1, 2011 at 2:45 am

Lenovo/IBM/HP/Toshibia should be avoided as installing a non-approved card will result in the following error (or similar):

“1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in – Power off and remove the miniPCI network card.”

These companies have claimed it is due to FCC regulations. This has been shown to be untrue. The FCC has said that this is NOT required. There is also evidence in the fact only a few companies do this. The real reason for this is it forces users to purchase more expensive replacement cards directly from Lenovo.

There have been people who have had atheros chipsets (the good stuff) work with Lenovo/IBM laptops. This was likely due to those cards being on the approved list though. You can get a Mini PCIe card with an atheros chipset from:

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/catalog/networking-modems

You can also get laptops… that aren’t riddled with restrictions from above.

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79 Yousef November 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hi there,
Please tell me if I can use any of the devices above in master mode using 802.11n hardware mode.

Best regards

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80 Ronald February 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Well the vigor N61 is buggy out of the box when trying to use it in Linux Mint 11.

1 day it connects immediately to the network, some other time you have to reconnect 5+ or 10+ times before it actually does. Installing XP drivers through NDISWrapper results in a full system lock. I’m using a speedtouch 121g for the moment but this limits me to x32 as I can’t get it recognized under x64 versions.

To bad the ralink shortcut in the article doesn’t work anymore :'(

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81 Ronald February 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

ow, and I forgot to tell that when you actually have a working connection to your network .. it get’s disconnected after a while after which it automatically reconnects. However this is kinda annoying when streaming audio from the internet.

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82 Denis March 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

I have plugged a SAGEM XG-760A usb WLAN adapter on a TOSHIBA Satellite SA60-743 with Joli OS (Ubuntu) and it worked immediately. Opposed to that, the PCMCIA card GC79 from Broadcom was not successfully installed, with or without using ndiswrapper (although it is working when booting under Windows on the same machine).

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83 Stan March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for compiling this list. Very useful in my quest to find a linux compatible usb adapter for an old laptop.

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84 roshan April 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

i had bought Netgear w311v3, the worst nightmare i had. Its showing very poor signal in windows 32bit. When i came to Suse linux, i realised it dont have a driver. Tried ndiswrapper !! Then i realised my Linux is 64bit. Always just before buying any stuff make sure that device is supported by linux 32 and 64 bit.

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85 Demi Ward April 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

I found a perfect out of the box solution for Debian Linux. I picked the TP-Link TL-WN723N. It worked flawlessly. No drivers to be installed at all. It has proven fast and reliable in Linux as well as Windows XP.

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86 Tim Coddington June 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Hi,
I’ve been doing some research and have ended up here at this thread. The helpful atmosphere here is refreshing. I’ve been looking for a solution to a problem and I believe it lies with WUSB technology. Please allow me to state my challenge so that you anyone can help by adjusting my expectations or confirming my understanding

I currently have a “device” that incorporates several wired usb devices. These are mostly sensors, which I hook up to a USB hub in my enclosure and then connect the hub, thru an umbilical cable, back to my ubuntu 11.10 laptop. The software that communicates/controls my sensor do so through the various ports that get enumerated when connected–all this works great.

I have an idea that I would like, for testing purposes, separate my sensor components from the laptop via a wireless connections. Since I use USB to communicate I am beginning to believe I can achieve this through a USB Wireless HUB. Will this work?

So, here’s what I need:
Ability to plug all sensors into a hub that communicates wirelessly to a dongle on the laptop, OR connect my embedded wired hub USB port to one USB Wireless adapter that communicates wirelessly to a dongle on my laptop.
I can provide 5v thru a battery to power it. I need as long a range as possible.
I want the ports that enumerate, either way, in a manner that I can recognize and connect to via my software.

Am I “barking up the right tree” so to speak? I am confused how discussion of 802.11g/n comes into play? Currently my software expects /dev/ttyUSB* ports to be enumerated, will this happen? I plan to change my sensors around and would this everything enumerate as they would if I connected them to the laptop directly?
Assuming the products list above would be useful for my situation, which would you recommend and are there any subtly in how they are connected and configured I need to know?

I would appreciate anyone clearing this up. plz email: tc@roboticparadigmsystems.com

Thanks

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87 Panu Horsmalahti June 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I’ve found that Tenda W522U has official support for GNU/Linux (not sure if the drivers are open source too). It’s a dual-band 300 Mbps USB wlan adapter.

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88 AnthraxBass August 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

This device, EDIMAX EW-7718Un, is great for Fedora Linux!

Before that I had TP-Link TL-WN821N, and it’s performance was like crap – constant overheating leading to device disconnection which could be fixed only by system restart.

Bottom line – by Edimax if you’re using Fedora. Tested by me B-)

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89 Mic August 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I ordered a D-Link DWA-140 RangeBooster Draft 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter for PC based on the suggestion from this site. It works out of the box on Linux 12.04 LTS. Thank you very much, wish I would have found this site before buying the 3 adapters that couldn’t fulfill their promises regarding Linux!

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90 Wc September 30, 2012 at 6:17 am

The ASUS USB N-13 has been very problematic. I had trouble with openSUSE 12 and with Kunbuntu most recent and the beta. I bought 2 of them and both work flawless with windows 7, 64 bit but both fail pathetically with Linux.

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91 The List sucks November 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

This is bullshit. The ASUS USB N13 does not work. I can’t believe I trusted this shitty list. Wasted my money…

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92 M.S. Babaei November 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

I don’t know about Linux, but the Asus USB N13 works perfectly on FreeBSD and needs just a minut to setup.
If you’re using FreeBSD I can help you to get it to work.

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93 Tormod July 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

The one problem with such lists is that they do not specify the hardware revision. The manufacturers often change the chipset while keeping the model name the same. So one revision of N13 will work fine whereas another won’t. Just listing the model name is in some cases close to useless.

Of course all internet shops also neglect to specify which revision they actually sell because they don’t care about tracking hardware revisions and don’t understand that it makes a huge difference. The only way is to walk to a shop and look at the box if there is a hardware revision printed on it.

So everybody, please specify which hardware revision you have!

I just bought a Zyxel NWD2205 and it works out of the box on Ubuntu 12.04 and with the firmware-realtek package on Debian stable. But I haven’t been able to get close to any 300 Mbps speeds. It does not have any revision on the package but the USB ID is 0586:341f and the serial number starts with S120F28…

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94 David Smith April 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I just bought a Tenda W311Ma, which uses the RT2870 chip, and comes with the linux drivers on the installation CD. The configuration details appear to be rather onerous, and I don’t specifically need wireless on my pc (which uses wired ethernet). I actually got the adaptor to test and configure a Wifi router that I’ll be using exclusively for mobile devices, and I got the adaptor working in XP for that purpose with no problems. I’d like to try and get it working in recent Fedora and Opensuse installations on the multiboot pc. The card was recognized in Opensuse’s Yast network configuration panel, but I didn’t get it to start (may just need a reboot), and some of the configuration options seem arcane (they seem to be fields that will get passed through to some kind of auto-generated shell script). Fedora 18’s Network Manager applet mysteriously acquired a new entry that seemed unrelated to either the pci wired or (new) usb wireless adaptors, and it was far fom obvious how to add and configure a setting for the wireless device. I’ve read conflicting accounts that the ‘latest’ available RT2870 drivers (which are a few years old) may not work with more recent kernels. Has anyone been able to get one of these devices working in recent Fedora or Opensuse releases? Thanks!

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95 Pankaj Kumar July 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I am having a Huawei 3g usb data card modem(E303S). I have connected
it with my cpu using usb extension. But due to location of my room I
am not getting proper signal strength of Airtel 3g connection. So I
want to move further this modem to another corner of the room. Is it
possible to connect this modem with cpu in wireless mode? Could
wireless usb adapter be used for this purpose? If yes then please
suggest me a solution.

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