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  • Overall Rating: 3
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GNU/Linux users beware – 802.11n/b/g 150Mbps USB Wireless Adapter with Detachable Antenna Reviews

posted by tange on 06/13/2010

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
The card works brilliantly with sku.34754 which seems to be a decent combination for a travel kit.
Cons:
The USB connector of the card is quite loose in the USB port so it disconnects
easily. However, with a hub or a bending connector it (similar to sku.22553) it
works fine.
It does not work with GNU/Linux out of the box. It requires kernel 2.6.32-5 and
a non-free firmware. Get the firmware at
http://people.debian.org/~benh/rtl-wlan/rtl8192su_linux_2.6.0002.0708.2009.tar.
gz and put it in /lib/firmware/RTL8192SE/rtl8192sfw.bin After re-connecting the card it worked for me.
Other:
For GNU/Linux the card is usable, but I would recommend a card that does
not require a non-free firmware. ASUS WL-167G is a good choice, if you do not need external antenna. I do
not know know of a card with non-free firmware that has a RP SMA antenna
connector.
Bottomline:
If you need a card with RP SMA antenna
connector this is decent solution for Windows and an acceptable solution for GNU/Linux.

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