open source wifi dongle?

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FernandoV
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Iscritto: 03/22/2019

Hi,

Can somebody recommend me a usb wifi dongle with an external antenna socket, that would work on trisquel (libre driver) ?

Because I have a nice big external wifi antenna, but so far I have tried three dongles without success on trisquel (all three were advertised as "works with linux").

An ebay link would be totally appreciated.

nadebula.1984
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Iscritto: 05/01/2018

Any ath9k-htc model should work with free firmware. You can try to find wikidevi.com on web archive. With the site down I can no longer search for devices based on ath9k-htc.

Beware that the USB WLAN adapters bearing the same commodity name but with different hardware revisions are different hardware. And their chipset can vary a lot.

And don't ask for "free/libre drivers" any more. Practically almost every WLAN card has free/libre drivers. But most of them don't work without non-free firmware. Keep in mind that driver and firmware are different.

(Once someone else asked me for a WLAN card with free driver. I gave him a Realtek one. He asked me why it didn't work on a free distribution. I replied "you asked for a card that had free driver, not a card that didn't require non-free firmware to work".)

jxself
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Iscritto: 09/13/2010

"(all three were advertised as "works with linux")"

They may be dependent on proprietary firmware, as nadebula.1984 mentioned.

Check out the FSF's RYF program. It seems to contain 3 with external antennas.

https://ryf.fsf.org/categories/wireless-adapters

IrishUSA
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Iscritto: 12/03/2016

Heh, lingered too long over my post and you beat me to it.

IrishUSA
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Iscritto: 12/03/2016

I realize what follows isn't exactly what you're looking for, since you already have the antenna, but any port in a storm, perhaps? Also since you mentioned having a big antenna, this product has an antenna upgrade available to take you from the included 5dBi antenna to a 9dBi one, kicking the price from $45 to $59.

So at the risk of recommending the obvious and/or already attempted, how about this?

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/penguin-wireless-n-usb-adapter-w-external-antenna-gnu-linux-tpe-n150usbl

In terms of compatibility, it's specifically listed as being compatible with Trisquel 6, 7, and 8; says it requires neither proprietary drivers NOR firmware (acknowledging nadebula.1984's post); and has the Free Software Foundation "Respects Your Freedom" Certification.

More links:

https://ryf.fsf.org/categories/wireless-adapters

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/catalog/wireless-networking-gnulinux

FernandoV
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Iscritto: 03/22/2019

What about this one?:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Atheros-AR9271L-802-11n-150Mbps-USB-Wireless-WiFi-Adapter-Wifi-Antenna-for-Win/352856112189?hash=item5227dcfc3d:g:EkAAAOSwU2Jdz-h-

It has a same chipset ( Atheros AR9271 ) like the one from FSF page you recommended:

https://tehnoetic.com/TET-N150HGA

But it costs $13 instead of $80.

Yes, sorry for the driver/firmware mix up.

I think libre devices shouldn't be so expensive, for everybody could use it.

Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

The AR9271 chipset works with Trisquel's kernels. I have had a USB adapter with that chipset for years.

loldier
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Iscritto: 02/17/2016
andyprough
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Iscritto: 02/12/2015

I have that exact same one - it's a workhorse, been using it for years.

FernandoV
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Iscritto: 03/22/2019

Thanks guys, just ordered, will report back when it comes.