Just for my own knowledge (and also because we're going to make a local Fry's run soon for a bunch of adapters for various desktops), are there any wireless network adapter manufacturers that I should generally stick to for zero hassles?
I Googled and found a bunch of websites with (often outdated or conflicting) lists of specific cards, but I'm hoping for more general rules of thumb, so I'm not always trying to Google for sufficient evidence of a certain card working and sufficiently little evidence of that card not working. (Or at the very least, which such website is most comprehensive, most accurate, and I should heed the most?)
[Just today, I wasted a bunch of time on getting this Trendnet TEW-423PI/A C1.2R working on an Ubuntu 10.04 box - Ubuntu loads rtl8180 drivers, which caused very weak signal and disconnections within 10 minutes. I downloaded and built rtl8185 drivers, and while I have stronger signal, I still get disconnected, albeit less frequently.]