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There are various resources out there, from the official Ubuntu Documentation to many forum topics and Askubuntu questions, all seeking to answer the same question: which adapters work with Ubuntu? But, as is usual in such situations, much of the existing material is messy and/or outdated.

I'd like to know which ones work with Ubuntu 11.10 specifically -- the latest, "out of the box" version, with no kernel modifications or additional drivers to manually mess with. I believe that this will be a very useful resource when deciding to buy an adapter.

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You can find a list of Ubuntu-certified wireless chips at the Ubuntu website. When you buy a product, make sure it features any of the listed chips.

You may also find the following websites useful:

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I bought this one LM Technologies LM006 Wi-Fi USB Nano Adapter N on someones recommendation that it "just works", and it does just that.

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Link is not working – laurent Nov 27 '11 at 11:58
The link works for me. – duffydack Nov 27 '11 at 14:05
works for me now too (was going to an amazon dead page before) – laurent Nov 28 '11 at 1:12

I'm not an expert on Ubuntu or wireless adapters, and I was looking for the same information. I bought a TP-Link TL-WN721N adapter, and it "just worked" with Ubuntu 11.10 (64 bit). I didn't have to install anything, just plugged it in.

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Same for me with TP-Link WN722NC, blogged about it here (includes lsusb, iw list and similar output). – pbhj Sep 19 '13 at 22:30

TP-LINK TL-WN821N just works out of the box on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

$ uname -a
Linux ubuntu 3.2.0-24-generic-pae #37-Ubuntu SMP Wed Apr 25 10:47:59 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
$ cat /etc/lsb-release 
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