Help finding a good wifi adapter

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Help finding a good wifi adapter

Postby alexwazan » 2020-05-28 15:52

Hello. I decided to install Debian Wheezy on the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard, but, unfortunately, the WiFi adapter is not detected in the network setup process - therefore, I can’t connect via WiFi to the existing access point and finish the installation. As I understand it, I have a Broadcom BCM43xx WiFi adapter (it seems, BCM4359).
indeed I give up on this adapter and I want to get new Wifi adapter I need your recommendation for a good adapter with monitor mode support , I don't want a Chinese one I want a good one that will work out of the box with debian
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Re: Help finding a good wifi adapter

Postby sunrat » 2020-05-28 22:33

There's no way you should be installing Wheezy on anything connected to the internet.
I'm happily running both Buster and Sid on a Gigabyte EP45-UD3R which is 4 years older than yours.
Install Buster on it, you might be able to get your Broadcom working although it can be tricky and may involve installing both a driver and non-free firmware.
If you do still want a new adapter, ones based on Atheros chip seem to be better supported. And good luck finding any which are not made in China!
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Re: Help finding a good wifi adapter

Postby shep » 2020-07-23 00:28

Unless you get a very old card, the main issue will be firmware. Since firmware source is not published by any vendor, Debian will not include it in the Official images.

You can do a wireless netinstall with unofficial "non-free" installation images:

Here is a listing of wifi cards in a debian wiki.

In general Intel, Atheros and RaLink (now owned by Mediatek) are well supported cards. Certain Realtek cards are good - I've been using a Realtek pci-e RT8188CE card for over a year without problems
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