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    Which Distro Has The Best (Mini) Wifi and Wireless Networking Support?


    When I work in Windoze, particularly older versions, I find one of the more problematic areas to be wireless cards and networking between computers (via wireless router) and simply picking up signals at wireless hotspots.

    Which Linux distro has a reputation for being the easiest to use for wireless. I.E., natively supports the most wireless cards, most easily sets up to log-in to any wireless hotspot, etc.

    TIA for any input!!!

    ~jordan

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    Instead of worrying about which distro has the best wireless support, get a card thats natively supported by Linux and it will work fine on all distros.

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    Is there a way to determine if a particular *mini* wifi card not only is supported, but will work with WPA security on my wireless router? I've read that WPA can be a hassle for wireless using Linux......and WEP is too weak for me.

    ~jordan

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    I don't know of a way to check wpa support. I have had very little success with WPA, so I use WEP.

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    Cards that have Ralink chips are possibly the best to buy when using any Linux distro, since Ralink has released all the drivers under GPL.

    Read here for more information:

    http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/net/wireless/cards.html

    I have an SMC PCI card that has a Ralink RT61 chip, and it works just great.
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    i've always had the best success with the Atheros Chipset cards. a mini PCI a/b/g is usually less than $30 on ebay. That's one upgrade all my laptops get.
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    personally ive switched wireless cards multiple times and pclinuxos has worked all other times except once where a little config in its controll center made it work perfectly http://www.pclinuxos.com

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    Ubuntu was very easy setting up my wireless connection (via the Network Config), yet now I'm currently using Debian Etch (love it) but it was just a little harder to set up. Nothing too complicated, just took some firmware and NetworkManager to work.

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