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.