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    Phoronix: Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly

    As a quick Friday note, if you're looking for a 802.11n/g USB WiFi adapter that's very affordable and will work great with Linux, here's one of my recent purchases. After being pleased with one of them, I've since ordered a few more of these Wireless-N adapters for Linux usage.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=21647

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    Does it work without proprietary firmware? That is, can it work with Linux-libre and Debian kernels?

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    • #3
      given that Ralink are now owned by Mediatek, I wouldn't expect decent drivers for linux to be a deliberate choice by Mediatek!!
      linux addict, got the scars, the grey beard and the t-shirt.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Calinou View Post
        Does it work without proprietary firmware? That is, can it work with Linux-libre and Debian kernels?
        I'm going to go out on a limb and say no. The RT5370 chip (this device has the RT5372) requires proprietary firmware, so it's a semi-educated guess.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Calinou View Post
          Does it work without proprietary firmware? That is, can it work with Linux-libre and Debian kernels?
          According to this wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compar...reless_drivers
          (searching for RT53) I don't think so.

          @Michael, Happy to see you're using the amazon referral links there . If I pick one up I'll make sure to do it from the link.

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          • #6
            Welp, it's $60 CAD for me, so I'll sit this one out.

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            • #7
              The 5dBi antenna led to a great range and better than some of the other WiFi USB adapters I've used that have the antenna built into the housing.
              That's the part that I found most intriguing. I wonder if a raspberry pi can power it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gQuigs View Post
                According to this wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compar...reless_drivers
                (searching for RT53) I don't think so.

                @Michael, Happy to see you're using the amazon referral links there . If I pick one up I'll make sure to do it from the link.
                Debian's stupid decision is the reason I perform a weekly clone of the linux firmware git repository to a thumbdrive that I keep with me at all times.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by profoundWHALE View Post
                  Welp, it's $60 CAD for me, so I'll sit this one out.
                  I went through the exercise to find a local (canada) Linux USB Network adaptor recently.
                  I went to the local FS/BB and picked up a hand full of adaptors for an embedded project.
                  In the end I settled on a DLink DWA-130 for $30, I had to make one kernel change that is already up-streamed, so it should be in the latest kernel.
                  Very frustrating.
                  To make it worse, some WiFi vendors change the whole inside of the device (switch chip-sets) and give the version a minor bump, so if you do not get exactly the same version as someone else recommend, it will not work.

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                  • #10
                    If you want Wireless N USB Adapter you can support fsf by getting this one:
                    https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-lin...ux-tpe-n150usb

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