New USB wireless adapters

January 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm (Linux, Ubuntu, Uncategorized) (, )

I just bought two new wireless network adapters from NCIX. Beforehand, I did a little search to see if they worked at all on Linux, and the information was quite confusing. I splurged, and passed my order anyway. Now that I received them, and for the benefit of the intartube at large, here’s my report.

Trendnet TEW-424UB USB: work perfectly on Ubuntu 10.04, no fussing around.

TP-Link TL-WN722NC high-gain USB b/g/n: Does not work on Ubuntu 10.04 (not recognized). Works out-of-the-box) in Ubuntu 10.10. It has an Atheros chipset. From my investigation, it seems it started being supported in kernel 2.6.35. Amusingly, iwconfig reports it connect at 1 Mbps, but testing with dslreports.com speed test tells me I saturate my DSL link. Go figure, must be a bug!

Because I bought these on NCIX, I wanted to comment on the product description that they do work on Ubuntu, but the NCIX web site would not, saying that my review was too short. Silly. Their loss.

Update: seems like the TL-WN722NC needs the ath9k_htc module. In lucid, you can get it by installing the linux-backports-modules-wireless-compat-2.6.36-lucid-generic package. Pffft!

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