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Thread: 802.11n - recommend FIRMWARE-FREE dongle

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Default 802.11n - recommend FIRMWARE-FREE dongle

    I need 802.11 n for speed and discovered, that nearly all 802.11n adapters require firmware!

    For example, Ralink - rt2400usb driver will just initiate the adapter, but it won´t pick any connections!
    So, I am forced to download driver manually and compile it, and recompile if kernel get changed.
    All these difficulties by side, running firmware in insecure and dangerous investment over time.

    So I decided immediately to RMA the device and seek advice.

    But, for example, another option - Realtek: according to Debian is also proprietary.

    Do you know any chipset vendor for 802.11n that is worthy of investment?..

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013


    Ok, found one chip, thanks to Free Software Foundation:

    Atheros AR9170 chipset (802.11N)

    Also, nice guide:

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