Suggestions for a hassle free usb wireless adapter?

I know this has been asked before, but with the release of 11.4, I thought I’d bring it up again.

I’ve been using RT73 wireless cards the last few years because the Linux support has been great - firmware comes with the distribution, drivers are built into the kernel, and all of the features (WPA, scanning with Kismet, etc) work without a problem. Now, in 11.4, there is a bug that causes a Kernel oops and system freeze when a large amount of data is transferred. I’ve filed bug report and the developers are working on it, but I have a system that I have to deliver to my dear old mom in three days and I don’t have the time to wait for a bug fix.

Basically, I need a card (manufacturer and model) that is:

-Firmware free, or has a firmware that comes with OpenSUSE 11.4
-Module that is pre-built and in the kernel*
-Fully functional**
-Uses the same chipset across all versions***

  • I can’t risk the system not being able to get online after a kernel upgrade, which would be the case if I had to build my own driver module.

** I need WPA-PSK.

*** Since some manufacturers tend to re-release the same model # with different wireless chips, I want to avoid any card where I have to make sure that I buy “version X”.

i’m not fully sure, but maybe here could give you some hints

Drivers - Linux Wireless

i think the drivers above website are included in kernel, i think

and from same website, here’s list of usb wifi
USB - Linux Wireless
however i’m not sure if these are guaranteed outofthebox

Thanks for the links SportsAllStars.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to take an older DD-WRT router I have an use it as a wireless-to-ethernet bridge. And so far, it seems to be working. Of course, I’d rather have a USB wifi card solution, but this may suffice until the RT series cards are working again.

I’m still interested and open to hearing other solutions, so do let my workaround stop you from replying!

USB Wireless Device that works OOTB?