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Old 12-14-2010, 12:38 PM
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Am I even asking for the right thing?

I need one for my old HP (that I now have Unbuntu on). It has no built in WiFi connection capability, it's old.

I looked at Newegg.com and I just got more confused. Too many to chose from.

I'd rather go to Office Depot, Best Buy, Staples, Radio Shack, etc if the price will be comparable?

What should I be looking for?
I was told it would be about $10.00 +..?
I just want to be able to pick up wireless signals, like my home linksys and the free college signal for example.

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I've used Netgear USB wireless adapters with decent success. Never seen them for $10 though. How old is the machine? You may need a PCMCIA wireless adapter if it has 1.0 USB ports. And those are about $10....
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Do you have a PCMCIA card slot on your computer. If so I have an extra card laying around that I no longer need. I even found the CD with the drivers.



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Yes, you want a USB / wifi network adapter.

However, since you mentioned ubuntu - most important thing will be verifying that the card you get has good (or more specifically HAS) linux drivers. This SHOULD NOT be a problem but might rule out some older ones or really bizarre off brand ones.

My guess is that Office Depot etc will run you $40 for something you could get for $10 at newegg. If you were running windows brand really wouldn't matter for much, check the newegg reviews for someone who liked it and said they were using with ubuntu or linux.
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I recently got this one and it is freaking AMAZING!

I can pick up the local library from 3/4 mile away.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

If you are into security "testing" it does packet injection as well.

If your into that kind of thing you will know what that means.
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Originally Posted by dlevitt View Post
Do you have a PCMCIA card slot on your computer. If so I have an extra card laying around that I no longer need. I even found the CD with the drivers.



Yes I do.
I still have the device, the Verizon Broadband Access card PC5750. That is what I did use with a monthly charge, to get on the net anywhere, like a cell phone.
What you show will provide the same WiFi connection to free public internet instead of using a USB port?

I sent you a PM.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Yes, you want a USB / wifi network adapter.

However, since you mentioned ubuntu - most important thing will be verifying that the card you get has good (or more specifically HAS) linux drivers. This SHOULD NOT be a problem but might rule out some older ones or really bizarre off brand ones.

My guess is that Office Depot etc will run you $40 for something you could get for $10 at newegg. If you were running windows brand really wouldn't matter for much, check the newegg reviews for someone who liked it and said they were using with ubuntu or linux.


Is that something that will be listed on the package or in the description?
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Originally Posted by Ntrain2k View Post
I recently got this one and it is freaking AMAZING!

I can pick up the local library from 3/4 mile away.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

If you are into security "testing" it does packet injection as well.

If your into that kind of thing you will know what that means.

packet injection
Sorry, I have no idea.(sounds painful )
Will it work w/ubuntu?
What should I look for in the description?
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
packet injection
Sorry, I have no idea.(sounds painful )
Will it work w/ubuntu?
What should I look for in the description?
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It has the Realtek 8187L chipset which has linux drivers located here:

http://218.210.127.131/downloads/dow...=true#RTL8187L

The only other high speed USB one that I have ran across is the Alfa, and it costs twice as much for 10% more performance.

Packet injection is used in linux for cracking protected access point passwords.
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I'm not sure what I'm lookin at?
Sorry.

RTL8187L

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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
I'm not sure what I'm lookin at?
Sorry.

RTL8187L

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That is the chipset in the adapter I linked earlier.

Direct link to the linux drivers:

http://218.210.127.131/downloads/Red...&PFid=1&Conn=5

They are under the RT8187L section under the linux section.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Yes I do.
I still have the device, the Verizon Broadband Access card PC5750. That is what I did use with a monthly charge, to get on the net anywhere, like a cell phone.
What you show will provide the same WiFi connection to free public internet instead of using a USB port?

I sent you a PM.
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This is not a broadband card. It is a WiFi 802.11g card. There are no fees involved. I have no idea if it will work with your operating system. The driver disk is for Windows.

If you want it, PM me your address and I'll sent it to you. Here's the price... nothing to me. If it helps you, why don't you donate $10 (or whatever you are comfortable with) to a local charity to help those less fortunate.

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PM sent.
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Package was sent today via 1st class mail...

You're very welcome. I hope it works for you.
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Thanks Dave!

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Originally Posted by dlevitt View Post
Package was sent today via 1st class mail...

You're very welcome. I hope it works for you.
Received the package and got a chance to try it.
Ubuntu will not recognize the CD as it won't install the CD from the WiFi I got at Best Buy either. There is more to it then just running the CD with Ubuntu. I'll keep working on it.

I just want to thank dlevitt for taking the time to send it to me.
That was very VERY kind of him!

Thank you!! Thank you!! THANK YOU!!


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You're very welcome. Hopefully you will be able to get it to work. Have a great holiday.
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Although many of you are aware of this, I am passing it along.
Many of the marinas (and hotels) have free WiFi. The card in a laptop allows you to access the internet as well as if you are home. Great for getting reservations for the next stop or checking the weather for the next day.
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Just beware, typically it is unsecured.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Just beware, typically it is unsecured.
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Is that a concern? If you go to a secure website to make a CC purchase, as the little padlock shows it is secure, then does it matter if the wifi is open? I never really understood this.
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