[nycbug-talk] Searching for a "Plug and play" wireless network card

Jesse Callaway bonsaime at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 12:28:50 EST 2013

On Feb 2, 2013 12:12 PM, "Brian Callahan" <bcallah at devio.us> wrote:
> On 2/2/2013 12:01 PM, Edward Capriolo wrote:
>> I purchased a new Lenovo Yoga
>> http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/yoga/yoga-13/. SSD +
>> 18GB ram. I am playing around with different installs right now,
>> fedora, freebsd etc. The machine is pretty new so many of the
>> os/distros do not have all the driver information they need. I am
>> willing to "hang around" and wait for touch screen support.
>> Right now the big blocker is it does not have a CAT5 and nothing is
>> picking up it's wireless card. Onto my question.
>> Does anyone know of an off the shelve USB wireless card that "just
>> works" with modern OS's. It need not be fast. It could be a A or B
>> speed, I do not care. Just looking for something that
>> kickstart/jumpstart/graphical_installers auto-detects reliably without
>> driver disks etc.
>> Thanks
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> Anything based on RTL8187L/RTL8187B chipset (urtw on OpenBSD) should work
OOTB on any BSD.
> eBay turns this up:
> ~Brian
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Thanks to you and Glen for this. I find it frustrating to be arned with all
of this informatiin, but still not being too sure of what's inside the
plastic. Specifically, I mean you can do a couple hours of research and
it's  then still a gamble because the mfgr will just up and change the
chipset... then make sure the windows driver supports it.

Yes, this is not news to any of you, but just venting.

Unless a continuous effort is made, with lots of labor to maintain a
database then we will always have to "hunt and gamble". The hunting comes
with owning stuff, but the gamble is no fun.
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