The wireless card in a desktop just died. I would like to replace it with a USB wi-fi. The last one I bought is a Tp-link Tl-wn822n that I bought here in Mexico. It turned out that it required a rtl8192eu driver. If it hadn’t been for Sauerland’s assistance and complicated compiling I would never had been able to use it. It works fine with another desktop but for this box I would like to buy something (again in Mexico) that’s easier to connect. A dual antenna model if possible that comes with a long USB cable.
Could someone recommend a popular item that I might find in this country and is guaranteed to come with the proper openSUSE driver and instructions. Shipments from the U.S. are very expensive, and frequently disappear.
Thanks for any advice.
Maybe check the devices recommended here
Then check what’s available in your locality.
I am using a pci card and would never consider replacing it by an USB device:
**3400G:~ #** lspci -vs 07:00.0
07:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9287 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
Subsystem: Qualcomm Atheros Device 30a4
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 37, IOMMU group 7
Memory at fcc00000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 3
Capabilities:  MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
Capabilities:  Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities:  Advanced Error Reporting
Capabilities:  Virtual Channel
Capabilities:  Device Serial Number 00-15-17-ff-ff-24-14-12
Capabilities:  Power Budgeting <?>
Kernel driver in use: ath9k
Kernel modules: ath9k
The card works out of the box. No tinkering necessary,
I agree with you 100% but…
- Antenna location is critical as the signal comes from my landlord downstairs. A connecting cable helps to find the strongest signal.
- The motherboard has only one available slot and I would like to use it for something else.
- PCI cards are hard to find in Mexico especially outside major cities. Everyone is buying notebooks.
You can always buy a cable(s) to reposition the antenna(s) from a PCI card…
TP-Link has a wealth of adapters: https://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/WLAN/Karten/TP-Link/ Many of them are supported out of the box. For others there exists a detailed installation guide: https://static.tp-link.com/2018/201812/20181207/Installation%20Guide%20for%20Linux.pdf