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Thread: Are there any plug and play usb wlan adapters for opensuse11

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    Default Are there any plug and play usb wlan adapters for opensuse11

    Sorry for my non expert question, but my last unix knowhow ended 25 years ago.
    So my daughter got a new notebook and yes she wanted linux, because she does not like MS.
    After checking some linux forums, i decided that opensuse 11 should be the best OS for this purpose, because everyone stated, that it has the best support for different hardware.
    And it really worked, there was the only problem with the buildtin wlan adapter and some minor problem with the display driver.
    So i had to learn, what gnome is (in Unix there was not something like that) and i am proud, that i soon was able to install a better displaydriver.
    Thanks to linux, that su command is still the same
    But with wlan i found out, that there is no simple solution.
    There is ndiswarapper (a windows driver supporter ?) or there are solutions, where you have to compile drivers into the kernel (??).
    So, if we forget the buildtin wlan adapter and buy a new usb wlan adapter, which should we choose?
    Is there any NoProblem usb wlan on the market for opensuse 11?

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    Default Re: Are there any plug and play usb wlan adapters for opensu

    2 places to check on wireless adapters
    Linux wireless LAN support http://linux-wless.passys.nl
    HCL/Network Adapters & - openSUSE

    also, if you post the output of

    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -v
    we may be able to get your on-board wireless working

    Andy
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    Default Re: Are there any plug and play usb wlan adapters for opensu

    Thanks a lot Andy for Your very nice help!

    The onboard Wlan is via lspci:
    Atheros AR242x 802llabg Wireless PCI Express Adapter Rev.01

    Perhaps i should add, that WPA/PSK is a must for the Wlan adapter.

    I looked into Your interesting links and found out, that most of the USB adapters change chipsets, while not changing model names (Rev.abc and so on).
    These manufacturers should be banned from the market, because most of them do not provide Linux drivers and while changing the hardware it is a pain for all customers.
    It really looks, that it is a big problem to find a working adapter, which is usually sold in Europe.

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    As you have an Atheros card, Madwifi provide the drivers for your card, find them here Index of /suse/11.0 if those fail to work, you could try the ones from here Index of /repositories/home:/schmolle1980/openSUSE_11.0 any problems,just post back,drivers need to be installed via YaST & you configure the device via YaST - network devices - network settings

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    Default Re: Are there any plug and play usb wlan adapters for opensu

    deltaflyer44 you looking to up your post count by double posting
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    Inquiring minds want to know?

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    Default Re: Are there any plug and play usb wlan adapters for opensu

    hrmph!, pesky touch-pad, now sorted

    Andy
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    Once again thanks, Andy!

    We tried the MadWiFi Installation as described in Atheros madwifi - openSUSE

    But our problem is our minimal knowledge of Linux:
    So under Yast/Software/Software install we can find 2 Entries that are installed:
    madwifi (Tools for configuring atheros cards)
    madwifi-devel (Tools for configuring atheros cards)

    So, but modprobe ath_pci says, that ath_pci is unknown.
    We also have added ath5k to the blacklist.

    The installation instruction said, that we had to choose the correct madwifi-kmp package, but there was no question about it.
    We used the 1 click install for Yast.

    WLan ist a horror for Linux, is there really no plug and play usb adapter out there?

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    Once the isl3887usb_bare firmware is installed, the Dell DW1450 Wireless USB
    Adapter is p-n-p for me. It uses the p54usb driver. I got mine on E-bay for
    $10.95 + $2.85 shipping.

    Larry

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    After deinstalling the 2 installed madwifi entries in the software list, we took a second try as described in
    Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0 - Page 6 - openSUSE Forums

    Now we can modprobe ath_pci but in networkconfiguration there is still no possibility to configure the atheros adapter.

    WLan ist a horror for Linux, is there really no plug and play usb adapter out there?

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    Thanks Larry!

    A Dell 1450 is at the moment not at sale by Dell.

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