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  • #11
    Originally posted by kbios View Post
    ???
    No problem here both with Atheros and Ralink chips. Actually, I chose Atheros for a server as it was one of the first drivers to support AP mode. And it's working rock solid 24/7 since 2008.
    I can go to any forum and find tons of posts of people having problems with those chips. So, I laugh at your comment....

    Realtek, Atheros, Ralink have so many chipsets so because one person isn't having trouble doesn't indicate anything.

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    • #12
      Don't feed....

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      • #13
        Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
        Don't feed....pingufunkybeat
        More accurate now...

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        • #14
          Originally posted by Panix View Post
          Only laptops with Intel wifi chips. Anything else, you are out of luck. There are still laptops with Broadcom (the absolute worst!), Realtek and Atheros chips and I bet most of those are major problems. Since most newer laptops are using Intel wifi chips, maybe it's not so bad now.

          I have an ancient laptop with a Broadcom wifi chip and it's useless in Linux. 'Will NOT WORK. I also have a crappy laptop with an Intel wifi chip and I'm on it right now via wireless in Debian.

          But, overall, I would say if it wasn't for Intel wifi support, wireless in Linux would totally suck.
          I've only used intel chips so can't really comment on the others, but intel has always worked perfectly out of the box for me I have heard atheros usually works fine as well though...

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          • #15
            Originally posted by Panix View Post
            I can go to any forum and find tons of posts of people having problems with those chips. So, I laugh at your comment....

            Realtek, Atheros, Ralink have so many chipsets so because one person isn't having trouble doesn't indicate anything.
            I can find the same about winblows, so stop saying bullshit. Atheros has very good support on Linux.

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            • #16
              Please don't blame Atheros as a whole company for the bad performance of just one chip of them. Most Atheros things work just fine.
              And Ralink sometimes have conflicts between different modules claiming a card so they also aren't perfect.
              I don't have any Realtek experience.

              I am having good experience with Intel, and the Broadcom situation is improving by the time with their open-source driver for 4 chips in 2.6.39+. But indeed, there's much wireless hardware out with bad Linux support.

              But do you know the situation of some years ago? More Linux users has improved the wireless compatibility much in my opinion. As Linux gains users over the years, the hardware compatibility increases. We're still some 1-2% at the moment, don't forget that.
              Last edited by AlbertP; 06-20-2011, 03:55 PM.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by kraftman View Post
                I can find the same about winblows, so stop saying bullshit. Atheros has very good support on Linux.
                Whatever. Another one who babbles crap.

                Atheros WAS very good but now they have so many chipsets now. I still read in networking sections about people having problems. Intel seems like the only one that doesn't have so many wireless chips... yes, they have new ones but it just requires firmware and I suspect they have one or two cover a bunch.

                If you can't have an Intel one, then Atheros is a 2nd choice. But, none of the other ones seem to work too well.

                Doesn't matter much since Intel seems to be cornering the market on laptops these days anyway. But, if you only have an old laptop, pray you can change it to an Intel card.

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                • #18
                  If the laptop is older, it might have an older Intel or Atheros 5xxx which work fine. Or another good working card. If hardware is a bit old, there has been time to write a driver.

                  And nowadays HP, Dell and Lenovo test the Linux compatibility, that's a major step forward. The wireless problem on newer laptops is quite solved, at least on these three manufacturers, today's problem is hybrid graphics.

                  The number of Linux users is steadily increasing. More users means more coders and more interest, and hopefully better compatibility.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by AlbertP View Post
                    If the laptop is older, it might have an older Intel or Atheros 5xxx which work fine. Or another good working card. If hardware is a bit old, there has been time to write a driver.

                    And nowadays HP, Dell and Lenovo test the Linux compatibility, that's a major step forward. The wireless problem on newer laptops is quite solved, at least on these three manufacturers, today's problem is hybrid graphics.

                    The number of Linux users is steadily increasing. More users means more coders and more interest, and hopefully better compatibility.
                    I would not touch Dell unless the laptop can take an Intel card. They've had Broadcom as their wireless card default in so many of their laptops even though they advertise it as 'Dell wireless' card. Very unethical if you ask me. They probably cut corners just as much or more than others, too.

                    I guess I have to get a new laptop. This one has an integrated Broadcom card and I don't see any solution. I guess it's only good for Windows.

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                      Don't feed....
                      Crap... too late!

                      Yeah, OP, the linux desktop wasn't the wonder you make it seem. KDE3 might have been more stable than KDE4, but it looked like something from the CDE era. If you want stable FVWM is an option, but that also looks (and acts) like 1992 and that isn't going to win a non-hacker's heart that's for sure. Hardware support wasn't as good as it is today. Wireless support has improved massively contrary to what some people might say, although it is still one of the more troublesome areas, along with 3G modem support. However most wifi cards should work without any user intervention on recent distros. I'd say that right now we're in a transition stage from a not very attractive (in all regards) desktop to something with more broad appeal.
                      Last edited by devius; 06-20-2011, 04:26 PM.

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