Wireless card suggestions

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at csir.co.za
Thu Oct 8 07:50:37 EDT 2009

I have used two wireless devices under linux, one is a usb device and the 
other which I bought last week, is a dlink pci card.
Linux picked up the dlink card without any trouble and it seem to work 
just fine.
These days the usb device I used before is also picked up by linux.
Yes you need to encrypt your wireless link because otherwize people can 
clim onto your network and use your resources.  It happened to me so I 
know.    Setting up your wireless link from the command-line does mean 
editing config files, but it is not that difficult.  In graphycal mode, 
there tools that does all of this for you.
The insecure protocol is called wep or something and the better one is 
called wpa.
HTH, Willem

On Thu, 8 Oct 2009, Tony Baechler wrote:

> Hi all,
> I got the below question from someone and am hoping the list can help.  Also,
> suggestions on what Linux distro to give him would be appreciated.  He
> currently knnows nothing about Linux and has migrated from DOS to XP.  He
> doesn't want X.  I was thinkking grml but I'm still having problems with
> Speakup not always working.  I don't know whhat synthesizer he has.  The
> problem with Ubuntu or Vinux is that they require X.  Several of his machines
> still run Dos or Windows 98.  I reeally don't know anything about wireless, so
> I would appreciate any pointers.  Thanks very much.
> I now have a Linksys WRT54 wireless router with two PCs hooked directly to
> it.  Question is:  do you have any idea if most usb wireless cards will
> work with linux/and/or windows, or is there some recommended wireless
> device such as pci card?  I have never used wireless before and have heard
> it is best to securely encrypt my wireless using encryption.  Any comments
> or suggestions appreciated.
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