basic wireless hardware questions

Have read the stickies but are helpful only if you actually HAVE a wireless networking card. And maybe this should be in the hardware forum?

My situation is running openSuSE 11.1 on a nicely capable homegrown PC. I’ve learned that 802.11n stuff is newest version of wireless available and note there seems less info about what works with Linux. But since I’m just now learning how to go wireless, this seems the most logical starting point for me. Seems pointless to mess with 802.11b now.

I do understand that making things work is about chipsets and drivers. But what I’ve found on the Novell site oft referenced HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless) - openSUSE is a list of things that seem to be related to laptops. Intel 5300’s sounded great… except I’m on a desktop…

So I’ve learned that that some NICs are compatible, some not, depending on their chipsets, but what about routers?

I’m seeing things in the stores like DLink Extreme N routers and cards. Or NetGear RangeMax routers and cards. Do I need to also find out the chipset for the routers to ensure they work for me on opensuse? Or do I just have to be mostly concerned with the NIC?

The router doesn’t really matter, it’s the device you use to connect to it that matters.
I asked for some advice about usb dongles recently
USB Wireless Device that works OOTB? - openSUSE Forums

SomeSuSEUser wrote:

>
> Have read the stickies but are helpful only if you actually HAVE a
> wireless networking card. And maybe this should be in the hardware
> forum?
>
> My situation is running openSuSE 11.1 on a nicely capable homegrown PC.
> I’ve learned that 802.11n stuff is newest version of wireless available
> and note there seems less info about what works with Linux. But since
> I’m just now learning how to go wireless, this seems the most logical
> starting point for me. Seems pointless to mess with 802.11b now.
>
> I do understand that making things work is about chipsets and drivers.
> But what I’ve found on the Novell site oft referenced ‘HCL/Network
> Adapters (Wireless) - openSUSE’
> (http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)) is a list
> of things that seem to be related to laptops. Intel 5300’s sounded
> great… except I’m on a desktop…
>
> So I’ve learned that that some NICs are compatible, some not, depending
> on their chipsets, but what about routers?
>
> I’m seeing things in the stores like DLink Extreme N routers and
> cards. Or NetGear RangeMax routers and cards. Do I need to also find
> out the chipset for the routers to ensure they work for me on opensuse?
> Or do I just have to be mostly concerned with the NIC?
>
>
this site may also be of use http://linuxwireless.org/