I need a compatible USB-WiFi dongle.

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  • Adam Gill

    I have a very cheap N3450 Chinese netbook which I've installed Cloudready on - it works very well except the internal wifi does not work with Cloudready - however I've found another external USB dongle that works very well with high strength signal - This is Mediatek MT7601UN (1807-BMAL CTPH3M83)

    Hope it helps anyone ...

    Thanks!

    Adam

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  • Adam Gill

    I have now tried a second USB WIFI dongle on my cheap Chinese netbook described above. This is D-Link DWA-133. This also works with high strength signal!

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  • Forrest Smith

    That's awesome - thanks for sharing the info for future readers!

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  • Adam Gill

    Thanks! Here is a link from Cloudready developers:

    Unofficial, Unsupported, But WORKING USB Wifi Dongle

     

    https://cloudreadykb.neverware.com/s/article/Unofficial-unsupported-but-WORKING-USB-wifi-dongle

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  • Patrick B.

    I am using a NETGEAR G54/N150 Wi-Fi USB Micro Adapter (WNA1000M) dongle

    on a Dell Optiplex desktop that I've converted to CloudReady OS.  

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  • Timothy Andy

    Is the unofficial Unsupported list visible to anyone who can't log into the cloudreadykb page?

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  • Forrest Smith

    We've retired that page - here's a more recent rundown:

     

    CloudReady is compatible with nearly all wifi chips that are officially maintained/supported as part of the Linux kernel, and this includes a large number of chips that are used in USB wifi dongles. Many of them work automatically on CloudReady. However, not all wifi dongles are made using those Linux-supported chips. Realtek, for example, makes a number of wifi chips which they don't officially support in the Linux kernel, and often those unsupported chips end up used in USB wifi dongles.

    Unfortunately, many brands that make and sell USB wifi dongles manufacture their products without documentation as to which chips are used in the underlying process. Sometimes the same "model" listed on Amazon will change, without warning, from a Linux-supported chip to an unsupported one. This unpredictability means that Neverware can't reliably predict which USB dongles will work, and so we can't recommend specific models. The best approach is, instead, to purchase several different USB wifi dongles that you'd be willing to use, confirming that you will be able to easily return them for free. Test them and keep only one that works.

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