I am aware that questions that are considered as subjective, will not be allowed on this forum. But, the following question i have is very specific, because of the way i constructed this question (to avoid being subjective), and the answer could be useful to many like me, who are moving to Ubuntu 14.04, but stuck at the networking step. I have searched long and hard on the net, to find an answer. But after many hours spent, i could not find anything. Posting this question in Ubuntu forum, did not produce any answer either. So, i created this account here, as a final resort. I hope the admins will not close this thread.
I am newbie to Ubuntu & Linux. I want to setup my Windows 7 PC for Ubuntu. This machine will run both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 (booted from a USB drive), when i finally set it up. During my preparation, i noticed that there are lot of questions on the net about USB wireless adapters not working with Ubuntu. I want to buy a wireless USB adapter that will
- be compatible and has been tested on Ubuntu 14.04.
- not only compatible, but more importantly, will work reliably without dropping connection everyday.
- will run in N300 or N150 (second choice) protocol.
- currently my other machines are on WPA2-PSK (AES encryption). So i would like the same in this new USB stick.
- will also work reliably when the machine boots in Windows 7 mode.
I tend to run this machine continuously; so i need a wireless USB stick that will run for atleast a few days , without disconnections. If you have come across a USB for 14.04, that meets all OR some of the above criteria, please let me know. I have to buy this USB (hopefully from local Frys store) as soon as possible. I am using a NetGear (N 300 speed) router, and so it would be nice if i can find a Netgear USB wireless adapter. From past experience i know that it would be a safer bet, when the router and desktop receiver are paired from the same company. So, i am leaning towards NetGear, but am not tied to the brand, if i can find a reliable USB dongle that works on both Windows and Ubuntu 14.04.
Looking forward to preparing my Ubuntu bootable USB drive tomorrow. Thanks for any leads.