Suggestions for Low Profile Wifi Dongle?

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davidpgil
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Greetings all! I currently use a TP-LINK TL-WN722N usb wifi dongle and am looking to replace it with some thing very low-profile. My current one sticks out about 3 inches and would like to have something I can just leave in my laptop and forget about it. I don't know if this matters but I use a Thinkpad W541.

I have tried a couple of low profile dongles already and could not get them to work, so if anyone has experience with one, Id appreciate the info.

Thanks.

/david

tdlnx

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Here is the lowest profile dongle I've had luck with:

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/penguin-wireless-n-usb-adapter-gnu-linux-tpe-n150usb

It's really a very good quality piece of equipment too and works "out-of-the-box" with any GNU/Linux distribution I've tried.

Magic Banana

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Tehnoetic sells the same Wifi adapter (guaranteed to work with Linux-libre): https://tehnoetic.com/tehnoetic-wireless-adapter-gnu-linux-libre-tet-n150

davidpgil
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Thanks all. I just purchased the Think Penguin one - cheaper than Magic Banana's suggestion. If anyone knows of an even lower profile one, that would be awesome though :) I'd buy that one too.

UPDATE: I got the Think Penguin wifi dongle. I plug it in, and it *just works* ... I love it.

lembas
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There is always the possibility to go with an internal adapter but if your machine has a wifi whitelist it might not be possible.

davidpgil
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Im using a Lenovo Thinkpad W541 that i bought custom installed with Trisquel. They disabled teh internal wifi on it because it requires non-free software. I thought of opening the laptop up and finding the USB header and just putting the dongle inside the laptop, taping it on something :) Crude, but something I may do. Right now, i'm pretty happy with the profile of the dongle though. Seems to be less than 1 inch. My previous one was enormous.