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« on: June 21, 2010, 11:55:46 AM »

Due to ongoing issueswith the support of my RT73 (RT2500USB) wireless built into my laptop I am thinking of buying a Wireless USB dongle to use until I can get this issue sorted out but I want to try and make sure the dongle / chipset is supported.

Can anybody recommend a particular Wireless USB dongle or chipset that works well with Pardus?

Is there an up to date hardware compatability list anywhere?

« Last Edit: June 21, 2010, 14:05:19 PM by windy_miller » Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 08:00:01 AM »

I am using the Linksys WUSB600N - first edition, rev1. The latest 600N is smaller and is rev 2 and I have not tried it on Pardus. The rev 1 USB adapter is rectangular, whereas the later model is rounded, sculpted and not truly rectangular. I bought them both at Sam's Club although I notice that sometimes they are low on stock. Popular item.

2009, 2009.1, and now 2009.2 all recognized it on install and I simply make the wireless profile for the SSID in network mgr, enter the key and it fires up.

As you likely know, this is the Achille's heel of Linux and the adapter may work on one distro and not on another. It will not fire up in Mint 9 but works in Mint 7. I much prefer wires and ethernet.

It is using the Pardus supplied Ralink firmware.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010, 11:03:45 AM »

I can only report that the following two devices (in my possession) work without any problems in Pardus
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0df6:000d Sitecom Europe B.V. WL-168 Wireless Network Adapter 54g

[ 3787.360031] usb 1-6: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 6
[ 3787.481492] usb 1-6: New USB device found, idVendor=0df6, idProduct=000d
[ 3787.481499] usb 1-6: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 3787.481503] usb 1-6: Product: RTL8187_Wireless_LAN_Adapter
[ 3787.481506] usb 1-6: Manufacturer: Manufacturer_Realtek_RTL8187_
[ 3787.481509] usb 1-6: SerialNumber: 000CF63A3151
[ 3787.481630] usb 1-6: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 3787.656003] phy2: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel'
[ 3787.657848] phy2: hwaddr 00:0c:f6:3a:31:51, RTL8187vB (default) V1 + rtl8225z2
[ 3787.669784] rtl8187: Customer ID is 0xFF
[ 3787.669857] Registered led device: rtl8187-phy2::tx
[ 3787.669895] Registered led device: rtl8187-phy2::rx

^^ this is the Sitecom WL-168 and
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 148f:2570 Ralink Technology, Corp. 802.11g WiFi

[ 3618.460151] usb 1-6: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
[ 3618.735512] usb 1-6: New USB device found, idVendor=148f, idProduct=2570
[ 3618.735518] usb 1-6: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[ 3618.735522] usb 1-6: Product: 802.11g WLAN
[ 3618.735525] usb 1-6: Manufacturer: Ralink
[ 3618.735643] usb 1-6: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 3618.916422] phy1: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel'
[ 3618.918106] Registered led device: rt2500usb-phy1::radio
[ 3618.918196] Registered led device: rt2500usb-phy1::quality
[ 3618.918677] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt2500usb
^^ this is the Eminent EM3035
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010, 11:30:04 AM »

Although the Linux Kernel and the OS is supporting thousands of devices, it is still necessary to check compatibility of some devices named WLAN, UMTS/3G, Webcam, .....

So my advice for everybody: BEFORE buying check some compatabily lists!

So windy_miller, You are doing it right!

The community of Ubuntu is huge and strong ans thus it´s always woth a view to our neighbours.
If something is running out of the box on ubuntu it is almost certainly that the device is also running under Pardus.
My experience ist that Ubuntu does not work too much on the kernel so if the device driver is in the kernel, and Pardus is using the same kernel, then it should run.

My advice for Network-Devices is to always use/buy Atheros chipsets!
Until 2008 Luis R. Rodriguez is payed by Atheros for developing Linux drivers. Mr. Rodriguez was formerly developing the MadWifi-Driver. MadWifi was also a driver for Atheros devices, but it was not free because he was using proprietary code.

Atheros Drivers You can find already in the Kernel: http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k#supportedchips

Here is a compatibility list of network-devices of ubuntu:

Have a closer look to the vendors Realtek and TP-Link!
John A
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2010, 11:58:21 AM »

I think this list can be of some help. From a Ubuntu forum but can work for Pardus to:

And it seems like Huwaei is a good choice if using Linux:
« Last Edit: June 25, 2010, 12:07:39 PM by John A » Logged
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