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It looks as though the ASUS wireless USB adapter you mentioned uses the Realtek RTL8188SU chipset.  The drivers *should* be in the mainline kernels, so it *should* work without any fiddling on your part required.  The driver is the r8192s_usb driver BTW, assuming my info is correct.

I just bought a d-link card for my DIY PC.
It works very well and was cheap.
If you have the right kind of spare slot on your motherboard, then maybe this is your solution.
If you need speed, then a card is best.
But if speed is not important, then an USB adapter is easier to install.

XP Refugee:
Hello Rob,

Thanks for your advice. To help me I've gone out and bought a Linux for Dummies manual 'cos that's about my level at the moment I think :'( . I am hoping, like your experience, that it will be auto-detected.

Hello Shaggytwodope,

Thanks for your advice. I've been checking the manual with the L/D manual so with a bit of luck I should be able to get there. Just got to go out and buy the card now, lol.


Worst case scenario: It'll have a Broadcom BCM43xx chip on that card like my HP netbook and laptop do, meaning you MIGHT need bcmwl-kernel-source (or, for REALLY old machines, firmware-b43-installer or firmware b43-legacy-installer) from the repository. It's SUPPOSED to be non-free, but some distros go ahead and include these anyway.

The problem is, unless it's on the LiveCD (probably not, for the aforementioned reason), you'd need to hook up to a wired connection (or a wireless stick/card that IS detected by the kernel; Atheros and Intel come to mind), to go out and get it. Open a terminal, then enter the following line:

--- Code: --- sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
--- End code ---

For the REALLY OLD Broadcom adapters, this link helps:


Every other wireless dongle I've ever used was auto-detected - even my (!) Windows Mobile smartphone...


According to the site, they claim it works under linux. Now if its out of the box hard to tell. It may require some effort to install the proper driver. But most likely wont be so bad ^_^


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