Best USB wireless card

David Goodenough david.goodenough at
Sun Apr 7 06:26:09 EDT 2013

On Sunday 07 Apr 2013, Andrew Connell wrote:
> Hi,
> This has probably been asked many times, I apologise if so -- but I've
> looked a lot and I can't find a definitive answer as to which USB card is
> the best to use with hostapd.
> Specifically, which one that works and supports more than 7 simultaneous
> devices. I have three cards, one is  rtl8187 which doesn't work at all, and
> the others are ath_9k which work perfectly, minus the fact that you can't
> have more than 7 simultaneous connections, which is firmware related.

The source of the firmware for several atheros USB chips has recently been
published on github.  So now you can change that limit by rebuilding it.


> I want to go and buy another one but I first want to ensure that it'll work
> well with my old laptop, which has builtin wireless which doesn't work
> either (iwl3945).
> It has to be USB because of the fact that it's a laptop, unless there's
> some way to replace the builtin wireless card?
> Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
> Andrew

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