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asked 2016-08-02 08:26:24 -0500

andmalc gravatar image

Please suggest an inexpensive USB wireless adapter. Dual band preferred but otherwise do not require high speeds, long range, or latest networking tech. So many models available on Best Buy and elsewhere it's overwhelming.

I'm in Canada so please suggest models available here or in US vs. from Europe.

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Thanks. I've never ordered from AliExpress before but at that price why not.

You're right this is not a Fedora specific question but all the forums I'm aware of dedicated to one distro or another. I'd be interested if there are better choices out there.

andmalc gravatar imageandmalc ( 2016-08-02 09:37:32 -0500 )edit

Ha! Nice little $3 option there, Florian. It's a bit limited (only 150 Mbps), but for $3 that's pretty great.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2016-08-02 10:00:59 -0500 )edit

Yeah, you get what you pay for. Sure, the product suggested in bitwiseoperator's answer below is better (dual band, 300M) but not inexpensive anymore. What you can also do, if you are equipping a desktop pc, buy a Pci(-e) card, with Intel chipset, on eBay, for less than US$12. Bought one with Intel 4950AGN, works like a charm.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-02 10:13:32 -0500 )edit

TP-LINK, works fine :)

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2016-08-02 10:20:09 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-02 09:20:45 -0500

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updated 2016-08-02 09:21:40 -0500

Little bit of a subjective question, and not strictly related to Fedora. I bought this one one for less than US$3 incl shipping and it works perfectly fine (MT7601 chipset), plug and play, single band though. Delivery to US was slightly less than 2 weeks.

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answered 2016-08-02 09:59:16 -0500

In general, any of the top-ranking USB adapters on NewEgg will likely work with your Fedora system. I have a few, but the Linksys AE3000-NP has been reliable and useful on many occasions in my experience. It's dual band and works with 802.11a/b/g/n, has either a direct USB plug-in option or a cable with a nice little stand in the event that you lack the space near your USB port for its insertion or you'd like to optimize its location for better wireless signal.

And it's only $38: .

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Great suggestion, thanks. It is $70 + $6 shipping Canadian so not peanuts vs. @florian's suggstion for the crazy price of $2.50 US for a single band adapter. Since I don't need speed or range I'll try his suggestion first and yours if it doesn't work out.

andmalc gravatar imageandmalc ( 2016-08-02 10:25:54 -0500 )edit

Or, in case you are using it on a desktop PC, not a notebook, try something like this:

You get 2.4/5GHz DUAL BAND, 300M with Intel chipset for US$10. I have one of these in PC, works perfectly fine. The USB one I mentioned, is plugged into my Raspberry (Volumio) - does the job very well too.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-02 11:01:19 -0500 )edit

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