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I found this list of compatible USB wireless network adaptors: Linux USB Wireless Compatibility Adapter List

Listed here is the Belkin F5D8053.

I'm looking for a store to buy a suitable adaptor in locally and I can't find that particular adaptor - but I can see a Belkin F7D4101az. I think this is simply a newer model - but a Google search for "ubuntu belkin f7d4101az" brings no results - not even people trying to get it to work. Nothing. So I didn't want to purchase it without being sure.

There's really only one PC shop that sells this sort of stuff around here - so here's a list of all my available options: Criteria

I'd really like to get one today, because I have a lot of work to do and don't really want to have to wait a week for a new adaptor - I spent 6 or 7 hours last night trying to get my Dell 1450 to work with no luck.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Maybe you will find a TP-Link TL-WN721N or an TP-Link WN321G. They are cheap, work out of the box and I have them now for two years and they work fine. – Peterling Sep 29 '12 at 15:14
And I just found out that your card in your shop (TL-WN821N) should work out of the box as well ... – Peterling Sep 29 '12 at 15:33

It is always hard at first to know that kind of information.

Here is the tip for any kind of hardware :

beyond the brand and model number of the periferals, try to find what is inside the hardware.

A quick look on google show that the Belkin F5D8053 v3 uses a chip of brand ralink model RT2770 . (versions of the model is important)

the Belkin F5D8053 v6 uses a chip of brand realtek model RTL8192SU . And you'll see also that it is in fact build by a company called SerComm (it is very common practice in the network cards and switches).

more information here :

lets say that it's v6 that you will have (most recent).

You'll see that there is some trouble with the v6 but seem to work with some efforts.

If you are in a hurry and not quite an expert I advise you to look for another model.

this website can also help you to choose :

If you don't have another choice and having trouble then you have to download the driver from realtek and then compile it by :

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Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it :) – Jason Malone Sep 29 '12 at 15:58
you're welcome. I hope it helps you. – Antoine Rodriguez Sep 29 '12 at 16:06

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