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3.0 out of 5 stars Linux support sadly lacking, otherwise perfect, 17 July 2012
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This review is from: Edimax EW-7811Un N150 Wireless USB Adapter Nano (Personal Computers)
Decided to add an old vaio laptop to my Mac network and this seemed ideal. Getting windoids up and running was as easy as sticking usb plug in, inserting driver disc and following the simple instructions.

A choice of 12 wireless servers popped up to choose from - fairly easy, mine was the encrypted one. Beyond that, there was absolutely no configuring to do - I was expecting to have to screw around with MAC addresses, dns settings, dhcp override and maybe start hacking hosts files and blacklisting the network devices that Windows tells me are there but won't connect.. None of it; this thing just plugged and played. No issues - really, none. OK, that's XP out of the way. Time to do the same now for the Linux partition...

AAAAArghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !

Four or five Wireless servers detected, none of them allowed connections and the "available" view kept changing, sometimes showing none, sometimes as many as six.

Four hours, eight cups of strong coffee, a handful of ibuprofen, two hours on the phone to my mate who writes unix drivers for a living, an ftp session with the chipset manufacturer in Taiwan and the thing is now up and running beautifully. Maddeningly, it too needed no configuring, but finding and compiling drivers and installing was a nightmare.

Finding the source code was a pain in the proverbial.

It seems a fair few reviewers have posted links to make this task bearable but Amazon have censored the links out.
As this kit is virtually useless to Linux users without dealing with the drivers issue, surely it would be good sense to leave the links in? The linked information is essential for linux users to be able to use the product which would otherwise not be as described on the box - linux compatible.

The latest drivers are on the realtek site

[...]

and the file is
RTL819xCU _USB_linux_v3.4.3_4369.20120622.zip

The direct download link, if Amazon don't act ridiculously and take it down, is

[...]

I'm aware that Amazon's policy is not to allow external urls in reviews, but I'm sure that Amazon are also aware that selling a product as x compatible when it clearly isn't is in no-one's best interests, including their own and including these links will help towards solving that particular problem.

If it's all left up then please accept thanks from all the Amazon customers who won't have to waste hours searching or have to return the product as useless.

note! downloading the file will still require a terminal session to compile the source code into an executable form, but once done, it will run beautifully on Ubuntu 12, - ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386 - latest release at the time of posting.

This product is superb and great value for money.
The Windows installer is idiot proof.
The Linux support is inadequate.
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