I want to buy a wireless adapter and router for my 11.2 desktop PC. The technobabble in the HCL leaves me feeling a bit confused so I was wondering if someone can recommend hardware that is known to work well. Ideally, I would like something that works natively…I don’t really want to get into using windows drivers.
I have had good luck with D-Link, and terrible experiences with Linksys. However, one has to understand that a certain brand and model works, but the next version may have a different chipset in it and not work at all, and there will be nothing on the box to differentiate the two models. Router brands and models won’t matter as they all talk in the same language, TCP-IP. It is the Wireless Adapter that you install in the PC that will require drivers and this is the piece of the puzzle that is hardest to fit.
On the router side, they should all be compatible, some will have more features like a socket for a VoIP phone, which you may not need. You’ll find lots of reviews of features out there, but even a cheap one will work well, so well established are the standards now. Perhaps the only major decision is G or N. Of course the adapter should be capable of N, if the extra speed is what you want.
I find that the internal cards with the external antenna work better than the USB dongles. They fit right into a vacant PCI slot and are very easy to install. My new Acer PC came with one and it worked natively in openSUSE 11.2, but I prefer to use a cable so that I get gigabit speed. I ended up giving that card to a neighbor since we could not get his Linksys dongle to work with Linux.