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Friday, June 03, 2011

HeliOS Classroom Needs Wireless Devices

We are fortunate to have a local wireless company sponsor our Internet access for the new HeliOS facility.  While setting up a router and switches/hubs would be ideal, the physical characteristics of the room do not easily allow running CAT 5 or 6 to each computer.

We will be needing USB or PCI wireless devices for each of our 12 computers.

To be frank, we blew through most all the money we had banked while doing the interior construction in our new place.  Do you have a proven Linux-compatible PCI or USB wireless device to spare?

If so, we could sure use it.  The few we had stashed need the Windows driver and wrapper and without any internet available, that's tough to do.  4 of them are so old or after market that don't even have supported Windows drivers any more.  Even worse, all but one of them only support wireless b.

We would appreciate your help.  Either email us helios  at fixedbylinux dott komm or leave a comment and we can get back to you.

We have the first of our classes starting on June 27th.  Hopefully, we'll be able to get these machines connected in time.

We have also taken on a special-needs student who requires a ball mouse to use her computer.  If you have a Logitech Trackman or any ball mouse device with the roller ball on the left side, we could put it to good use.

 And thanks again for helping us do what we do.


Gavin said...

I know for a fact that the D-Link DWA-556 plays nicely with Linux. Some quick research shows that its sister product, the DWA-552, also does.

Other than these two? Most of the Intel cards found in recent laptops are good to go. Beyond that is a real gamble lately. Not much new in the pipe that sings songs and tells stories.