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Penguin 802.11G USB Wifi Adapter

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Connecting to the Internet should be easy and with the Penguin 802.11G USB Wireless Adapter it is. The adapter is genuinely Penguin friendly supporting all recent Linux and more modern Linux-libre (free) distributions.

This includes Trisquel a popular desktop oriented distribution, Debian the universal distribution, and gNewSense the model free software distribution. For a longer list of supported distributions see the list below.

The Penguin USB wifi adapter doesn't depend on binary blobs, require any proprietary firmware, driver, or need NDISwrapper making it the easiest adapter for users. To install plug the Adapter into an available USB port and select an access point from your network manager.

Speeds of up to 54Mbps are possible. That is 5 times faster than 802.11b and several times faster than most Internet connections.

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Category Specification
Chipset Realtek RTL8187B
Standard IEEE 802.11b/g
Interface USB 2.0 and 1.1 Compliant
Antenna Type R-SMA Jack
Frequency IEEE 802.11b: 2.4~2.497GHz. IEEE 802.11g: 2.4~2.4835GHz
Modulation Method IEEE 802.11b: DBPSK / DQPSK / CCK. IEEE 802.11g: BPSK / QPSK/ 16QAM / 64QAM
Data Transfer Rate IEEE 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps. IEEE 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
Security WEP (64/128/256bit). WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, TKIP/AES *
Operating Channel Channel 1~11 (U.S. and Canada). Channel 1~13 (Europe and other regions)
Power Consumption Transit mode: <350ma. Receive mode: <270ma
Dimension 88mm x 26mm x 13mm
Supported Operating systems Linux 2.6.27 and newer
Compatible Operating systems Win 98SE/ME/2000/XP/x64/Vista/Mac v10.3/Mac v10.4

* Not all options are available under all distributions and operating systems

Recent versions with out of the box support include:

Trisquel 3, 3.5, 4.01, 4.5, 5
Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, 11.10
LinuxMint 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Fedora 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
OpenSuSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1
Debian 6
Arch 2009.02+
PCLinuxOS 2010, 2011
Mandriva 2009, 2010, 2010.1, 2010.2, 2011
Slackware 13.1, 13.37
gNewSense 2.1, 2.3

This is not an exhaustive list. Most recent distributions released in 2009 onwards support this card out of the box.

Don't forget an extension cable. If your ports are too close together there may not be enough room for connecting components. Pick up a short 7" / 177 mm USB extension cable with your order. See picture for details.