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I'm going to try and setup wifi on a computer with Ubuntu installed where it doesn't work out of the box. The computer is an Acer Veriton L460 with a AR5001 wifi card. There are two options as far as I know:

  1. Use MadWifi
  2. Use ndiswrapper

There are steps for using Madwifi here:

Some hints for ndiswrapper are here: The driver seems to be available here:

So my questions are, are there any other types of ways to do this? Are there any positives and negatives for chosing MadWifi or ndiswrapper? Has anyone had success installing this particular wifi card in ubuntu, and if so what did you use?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

If you're using a recent version of Ubuntu, the built-in ath5k driver should kick in and work. If it doesn't, it might be getting locked out by older ath drivers.

Click here to see how to block the old drivers.

ath5k will generally deliver better results than madwifi. And madwifi is better than ndiswrapper IMO.

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In addition to what Oli says, the kernel team maintains newer versions of wireless drivers for you, which could provide better support. You can access them by installing the linux-backports-modules-lucid package.

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+1 Thanks for the tip Jorge – D W Sep 3 '10 at 17:29

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