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From reading several sites, it seems that regardless of which distro you run, or what specific USB wireless device you are using, that a common complaint is that it seems ...
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    wireless USB not ready for prime time?


    From reading several sites, it seems that regardless of which distro you run, or what specific USB wireless device you are using, that a common complaint is that it seems to install, your device sees the network, and info is exchanged, but then the connection is dropped. I have a Ralink usb wireless g connecor that I am having this problem with in both Puppy 5.0 and PCLinuxOS 2010. In looking at the different threads there are all kinds of "solutions" proposed, but only sporadic reports of any of it working. Is wireless USB not ready for prime time?

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    I think Wireless USB is okay at best. I think part of the problem is that no one wants to release the code to their drivers so GNU-Linux/OSS users can get it working correctly. But there are reports of many people using USB wireless with no trouble at all. From what I understand, RaLink has good support in Linux but the problem may be trying to find the correct RaLink driver for your device. And for what it's worth, Puppy is not so easy to configure Wireless....there are better distros if your machine will support it.
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    Because of screen driver issues with the old laptop, Puppy, DSL, and Goblinx are the only ones I found that let me adjust the screen to the proper resolution, and goblinx had install issues. On my spare desktop that the grandkids use, I have PCLinuxOS, and it sees the USB and the wireless network, but for some reason I haven't figured out yet, it shows connection failed ethernet not connected. Hardware shows the USB under the ethernet card. I have a ralink driver on a mini disk for the USB, but since I don't have windows on the systems, I can't figure out how to make my OS's install the driver. If I manually open the file, I get to a cardboard box icon, but not sure how to go farther. I have been "using" linux a short while, but only to click on apps, or to use synaptic to download from a repository.

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