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Recomended Models for Wirless Dongle

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:59 am
by frostymusic
I have been reading that Atherlos ? makes a more compatible chipset for Linux use? Is this factual? Are there recommended model/brands for Mint use?

Re: Recomended Models for Wirless Dongle

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:28 pm
by phd21
Hi frostymusic,

There are some "plug-n-play" WiFi adapters (USB external and PCI internal) for Linux that do not require installing drivers and "Panda" is one of the manufacturers among others. There are many posts in this forum on this topic.

If you go to Amazon.com or Ebay and use a search like "USB WiFi adapter Linux", you will see a lot of these. Read the descriptions and user comments. Highly recommend getting a WiFi adapter that is at least 300mbps or faster and if your hardware WiFi router supports AC dual-band, then get a dual-band Wifi adapter although single-band WiFi adapters should work well with dual-band WiFi AC routers.

Also, WiFi adapters with external antennas do seem to have better range, but the ones without an external antenna still work well.

And, for best performance check your local area for what WiFi signals are present and what channels they are using, and change your WiFI router if need be to use a channel(s) that is not being used by, or not used by many, other Wifi devices. there are various Linux applications and console terminal commands for doing this. Linux applications like "WiFi Radar", "LinSSID", "wavemon", "WireShark", etc...

How to Find the Best Wi-Fi Channel for Your Router on Any Operating System
https://www.howtogeek.com/197268/how-to ... ng-system/

One of many console terminal commands to show local Wifi signals and their channels

Code: Select all

nmcli dev wifi


Amazon.com - Best USB WiFi Antenna for Linux
https://www.amazon.com/slp/usb-wifi-ant ... wembeqk3eh

Amazon.com - USB WiFi adapter Linux
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=usb+wifi+ada ... nb_sb_noss

Top Best Linux Compatible USB Wireless Adapters | WirelesSHack
https://www.wirelesshack.org/top-linux- ... pters.html

Amazon.com: usb wifi adapter linux panda
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=usb+wifi+ada ... nb_sb_noss

* Superb USB WiFi plug-n-play adapter for only $14us 300mbps for primary WiFi adapter or as a backup Wifi adapter.
Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter - Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, Lubuntu, Zorin, Kali Linux
https://www.amazon.com/Panda-300Mbps-Wi ... way&sr=8-3

#1 recommended USB WiFi adapter for Linux
Amazon.com: Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wireless N USB Adapter W/Dual 5dBi Antennas - Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Centos, Kali Linux and Raspbian: Computers & Accessories
https://www.amazon.com/Panda-Wireless-P ... lp_pl_dp_5


Super fast dual-band AC
USB WiFi Adapter for PC, Techkey 1750Mbps Dual Band 2.4GHz/450Mbps 5GHz/1300Mbps High Gain 5dBi Antennas USB 3.0 Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop Laptop
https://www.amazon.com/Techkey-1750Mbps ... ay&sr=8-16


Hope this helps ...

Re: Recomended Models for Wirless Dongle

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:22 pm
by frostymusic
Thanks for that list, I have seen the Panda before, will check it out further. :o

Re: Recomended Models for Wirless Dongle

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:31 pm
by phd21
Hi frostymusic,

You are welcome.

Let us know which one you decide to get and how it works for you.

Re: Recomended Models for Wirless Dongle

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:58 pm
by frostymusic
Currently looking at Brostrend model thru Amazon.
The US price is very good, works out to about $53.00 CDN.