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Best wireless card for Linux laptop?


I second this. Works very well.

The one con I ran into though is that you need a firmware package with it that is non free. You may or may not care about the free aspect, but this can get annoying doing netinstalls of distros like debian that won't have the firmware included. You will either need to provide these files separately or go wired during install.


I had no problem with every intel wireless card I owned and they work great. I don't have Intel AC 7260 but I hear its pretty good.

HOWEVER: while many card work great as clients some advanced functions like infrastructure mode (to behave like a wireless ap) or monitor mode (for capturing packets for network analysis) might not be supported by the driver (depending on the card) and might take a while (or never) for the driver to support those functions. If you are looking for these functions search first for the recommended card for these operations.

In doubt you can search information on the chipset and available drivers search the wikidevi and its chipset table. Be sure to consult the drivers own webpage for a list supported card and its respective functionalities.


That's the one I was eyeballing, actually, since System76 sells laptops they support with Ubuntu and they say they use Intel wireless cards. I figure if it's reliable enough to sell supported laptops it's reliable enough for me, and I know Intel makes good network stuff at least in the Ethernet world.

Has anyone had any MASSIVE issues with these? What have your experiences been, particularly on Ubuntu?


a smartphone with cyanogenmod should work. just use usb tethering.


Personally I'd recommend an Intel card. For two reasons

  • They are Good Cards
  • Intel Wi-Fi cards have been supported since Kernel 3.14 so you won't have no problems with most modern distros.

Just make sure you know what connector used to plug in your Wi-Fi card to your PC. Mini-PCie for example is one.


Why do you need to know this? All my laptops use Mini-PCIe so it's not really a problem, just wondered.


i always find atheros chip cards to be most compatible. Many wonder why? Its obvious ppl were doing all the sniffing and cracking on them so the drivers are in decent shape.


I've never had an Atheros card outright refuse to work, but I've also literally never been able to get either of the two I have working in 802.11n mode. They're all stuck in G, and even if I do an iwlist scan it tells me APs I know are 802.11n are only supporting up to 54mbps bit rate. I'm going to try a couple different distros via live CD within the next few weeks, but over 3 different Ubuntu releases I've never had any luck with the ath9k driver.


Not always.. some ports are different.

Some devices use Mini-PCie and some use M.2.

if you just buy without paying attention you could get a card that may or may not be compatible with your device.


yeah if you need a new wifi card then go with intel. been supported for a while now.

Just stay away from broadcom unless you want a challenge.


ubuntu is for fuk boi's.

Use proper disrto.


I have one Broadcom card. Never again lol


Broadcom isn't nearly as bad as it used to be 5+ years ago. NDISwrapper for days.


Intel 7265 has wifi and Bluetooth, works like a charm on Ubuntu.


People like you are what keeps many people off Linux.


You do know he was being sarcastic right? and no people like him don't keep people off of Linux. Linux keeps people off of Linux.


Oh my bad I didn't know he was being sarcastic... Sorry.

But I do believe that people who flame others for having x or y distro are one of the main reasons why people keep their distance from Linux.


eh, you get that from absurd Linux fan boys. Linux users who don't see any good from anything other than Linux. you can tell by how incredibly closed minded they are.


i was not sarcastic. I was serious.


Firmware locking has been a problem for me when doing this (but a while ago now), even getting a card from the same maker it may not work, modified firmware is sometimes available, and many systems don't care.

If that is an issue, or just for fun, you could use an intermediate device. There are numerous battery or microUSB power-able routers. Get one that'll run OpenWRT and you can just plug in a USB wifi in to connect to anything.