This page is currently undergoing a reformatting and you are welcome to help out. As you can see, the cards are being reorganized by Manufacturer and the links to the card types are being served up on this page. As the cards are added to their Manufacturer's Page, they are getting removed from this page. When contributing any information, please put in the exact model code/identifier where possible.
Wireless Network Interfaces
To determine what wireless card/chipset you have, open up a terminal and type the following.
lspci -v | less
Then, scroll to find your wireless device and note down its details. For USB devices, type
instead. It is best to choose a card that is supported under Linux, ie for which there is a native Linux driver. to help you choose -
- The 'Wireless Adapter Chipset Directory' compiled by HJ Heins is one current list.
- The Free Software Foundation recommends the Ralink 2500/RT2400 and Realtek RTL8180 chipsets.
- A December 2006 article also mentions Ralink and Realtek as open-source friendly Wifi vendors, as well as Atmel.
If you find that your device is supported by a driver included with Ubuntu, but the driver is not loaded automatically, please see ReportingBugs to file a bug with Ubuntu. These are easy to fix. Wireless support varies with architecture. For example, on the x86 architecture, your might use a native Linux driver that is included in the Ubuntu distro, or you might need to use a Windows driver along with the 'ndiswrapper' package to make the Windows driver work under Linux. See this list of cards that work with ndiswrapper.. Other Ubuntu wiki pages on Wireless Networking:
- Central page for Wifi info
- WifiDocs/WirelessTroubleShootingGuide (work in progress)
#!wiki comment/dotted Suggestion: merge PCI and USB chapters inside each manufacturer page - it's easier to find and maintain. As nobody disagree, I started the merge
The Community has created articles for the following Manufacturers:
#!wiki comment/dotted In an effort to help with the cleanup of this page, I modified these links to show up within the article as just the manufacturers' names instead of the full URL path. On each manufacturer's page, while working on the clean up, I'm separating them by card type and then linking to them here. This is in an effort to streamline the code and make the documents more organized.
Wireless USB Adapters
Discontinued - Update directly on the maker page These cards are being moved into the articles listed above. Please feel free to help out.
|Make||Model||Chipset/ Driver||Supports network install?||Supported in installed system?||Works "out of the box"||Comments||Last Updated||Type|
|A-Link||WLAN54MB||zd1211||Yes?||Yes||Yes||Seems to work fine on Breezy||2005-11-14||USB|
|A-Link||WLAN54USB-A||zd1211rw||No idea||Yes||Yes?||Works on Feisty, but had to manually run dhcpclient||2007-10-11||USB|
|ADDON||ADD-GWU180||zd1211||?||Yes||Yes||Works fine on Dapper RC1||2006-05-28||USB|
|Aptiva||Wireless G USB Adapter||Belkin/zd1211||?||Yes||Yes||Just works on Feisty, Gutsy(had to disable Ipv6 on Gutsy)||2007-12-16||USB|
|AVM GmbH||Fritz!WLAN USB Stick||TNETW1450 / fwlanusb||No||No||No||See WifiDocs/Device/Fritz!WLAN_USB_Stick for details, works with Breezy & Dapper||2006-03-25||USB|
|Compaq||W200||orinoco_usb||No||No||No||Following WifiDocs/Device/CompaqW200 WEP works, not tried WPA||2005-01-25||USB|
|Conceptronic||C54RU||rt73||No||No||No||WPA/TKIP works with opensource drvier feisty. WPA2 is supported by this driver but not tested. Follow the instructions at the bottom of this guide WifiDocs/Driver/RalinkRT73.||2007-08-27||USB|
|Digicom||USB Wave 54||zd1211rw||?||Yes||Yes||Works without problems in Feisty configured with network-manager and using WEP. Not tested with WPA but SHOULD work fine (2007-06-23). Xubuntu 8.04 this USB radio works for open networks and WPA_PSK using default Network Manager (did not test WEP).||2008-05-31||USB|
|myessentials||ME1001-USB||ID 050d:705c Belkin Components zd1211rw||na||yes||yes in gutsy beta||na||2007-8-29||USB|
|Netcore||331gu||ndiswrapper||?||Yes||No||Stable in Gutsy without Network Manager.||2008-02-22||USB|
|NovaTech||902w||RAlink rt2570||No||No||No||VendorID not included BUG||2006-10-29||USB|
|Orient||XG-701A||zd1211||?||Yes||Yes||Works out of the box with WPA on Feisty using network-manager||2007-04-23||USB|
|PheeNet||WLU-703Z||zd1211||?||Yes||Yes||Works out of the box on Edgy using network-manager||2007-01-15||USB|
|Sierra||881U||MSM 7200||No||Yes||No||The shipped driver with Gutsy is outdated. Use these instructions: http://www.sierrawireless.com/faq/ShowFAQ.aspx?ID=1077||2008-03-02||USB|
|Veho||11g USB adapter||ZyDAS||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes works out of the box. Plug and play including WPA support!||2007-12-04||USB|
|Westell||A90-211WG||ndiswrapper + wlusb20/PRISMA02||?||Yes||No||Works perfectly with ndiswrapper and wlusb20.inf on installation CD.||2007-07-17||USB|
|Various (SMC, Belkin...)||Various USB devices||Atmel AT76C503A||?||Yes||Yes||Plug it and go the the network administration to enable it. Nothing more, it works fairly well||2005-09-27||USB|
|My Essentials||Various USB devices||Belkin||?||Yes||Yes||Just works: Feisty, Gutsy, Hardy. Plug in and automatically recognised by network manager.||2008-06-29||USB|
Note: Have a look at this page, my new version of this on with a cleaner layout: WifiDocs/WirelessCardsByVersion
Please take a moment and add your card to the wiki if there isn't a page on that device yet. Its very simple, follow format of template but don't put too much worry here in following a guideline. It will be cleaned up if needed. It's more important to document your experience for others.
To create a page, simply enter the model # and version in the box
ex.. dwl-g650vB5 and then click on the Create Device Page button. If there is a page on your device already, open up and add your comments/experience to the existing page.
- A list of supported cards can be found in the chart above
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