USB Wireless N Adapter

My youngest daughter, who is five, has been running Ubuntu on a very old Dell laptop and it has increasingly become an issue with over heating issues and other problems. No fault of the Dell; it is very old. The good thing about her having an old laptop is it did not require me to run a long run of Ethernet cable to her computer. I recently purchased a new System76 Gazelle Professional (I will blog about that soon as well) and my plan is to cascade a custom built desktop to my eldest daughter and then the other desktop to my youngest daughter. The only catch is that the desktop does not have wireless; I either need to get a wireless card or run some cable.

I spent the least several days looking for adapters that users had reported working with Ubuntu 12.04 and found the Medialink – Wireless N USB Adapter – 802.11n 150Mbps on Amazon.com with lots of reviewers claiming it worked instantly on Ubuntu 12.04. I received the product today and being a good systems administrator, and father, I wanted to test it to ensure the transition would go smoothly. I am happy to report that the adapter simply worked immediately. The lsusb information is below:

Device 003: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter

I tested the device on speedtest.net and got the same exact results as the Ethernet adapter in my test machine and there were no lockups experienced during a few large downloads. The device comes with a three foot extension cable, but I did not use that. Overall I am very pleased with the purchase and would recommend it to anyone looking for a usb wireless adapter.

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Medialink USB wireless adapter

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7 Responses to USB Wireless N Adapter

  1. When I needed one I decided I would spend zero time checking if it was supported. I bought from ThinkPenguin.com: https://www.thinkpenguin.com/catalog/wireless-networking-gnulinux

    There is a price premium, including a donation to the Trisquel project, which IMO was all money well spent.

  2. Bob says:

    Does it actually support Wireless N?

  3. Charles R says:

    The real problem is that most hardware is dependent on at least some proprietary software. If the chipset manufacturers stop supporting it your screwed. Medialink – Wireless N USB Adapter – 802.11n 150Mbps is one of the bad cards. Lexmark is a good example of this that a lot of users are going to experience shortly. The drivers a propritary and as soon as things change your going to lose printing support since Lexmark isn’t updating the drivers any more.

  4. Good to know this usb wifi dongle works right off the bat. I just got one, but has not been shipped yet! ::fingerscrossed::

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