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Old August 26, 2009, 06:56 PM
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I am using Debian 502 AMD64 64 bit on my new desktop in my dig below.

I have a netgear WG311T which does not work with win7 and even stalled when trying to boot into linux.

I have spend enough time trying and willing to give up on this card.

Please recommend a adapter that is friendly to linux. My router is netgear G, but would like to buy a N adapter card.

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Old August 26, 2009, 06:58 PM
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I don't know about an N card, but this one works flawlessly in Ubuntu and Windows 7. NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GN-WP01GS(1.0) Wireless 802.11B/G PCI Adapter 54MBPS Software Access Point Smart SETUP3 - GN-WP01GS In Canada.
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Old September 15, 2009, 06:03 PM
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Thanks. I ended up buying a Dlink DWA552 extreme N pci card. It works well with madwifi driver.
But, I returned it, because signal strength is only 30-40%. My pc is on the floor, and 50 feet away from the router with 2 walls and a desk in between. With my existing Netgear 311T pci card, I use an external booster antenna and signal strength is about 75%. This booster antena does not work on the Dlink DWA 552, since it has 3 antenna.

Would I be better off with a USB antena?
NCIX.com - Buy Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless Draft N 802.11N USB Adapter - F5D8053 In Canada.
or a Linksys with external antenna?:
NCIX.com - Buy Linksys WMP300N-CA 802.11N Draft Wireless PCI Adapter MIMO Network Card - WMP300N-CA In Canada.
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Old September 15, 2009, 06:10 PM
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Typically linksys and Dlink have a lot better linux support then the knock off cheap brands since the main stream linux users use them, write code to allow the hardware to be used by the support and gives more driver support
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Old September 15, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Did you run real speed test or where you just looking at the indicator,
I use a gigabyte pci wireless card on ubuntu 9.04 and it works flawlessly but it always shows a week signal when in fact it is far acceptable.
what distribution are you using?
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Old September 16, 2009, 06:24 AM
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Did you run real speed test or where you just looking at the indicator,
I use a gigabyte pci wireless card on ubuntu 9.04 and it works flawlessly but it always shows a week signal when in fact it is far acceptable.
what distribution are you using?
I use wicd, the network manager in debian, also the gnome network manager, all showed signal strength 30-40%. I booted into windows 7, and it also showed same. Also, speed test is a lot slower than in my older desktop using booster antenna.

Also, it constantly switch channel.

What signal strength does your set up show?
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Old September 16, 2009, 06:32 AM
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It's always like 40-50%, I can be at 6 feet and 25feet and few wall and the strength doesn't seems to be affected that much. I've download stuff from both location and I didn't notice much of a difference
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Old September 16, 2009, 06:54 AM
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While madwifi is good don't forget about ndiswrapper.

It allows usage of windows drivers for wireless adapters.
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Old September 17, 2009, 09:02 AM
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Thanks. I'll give it a try on my Netgear 311T, which never worked with madwifi in this new built.
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