I'm switching Internet and landline phone companies. I'm leaving AT & T and becoming a customer of Spectrum (formerly Charter). The Spectrum tech was just here to check out things for installation. He said that due both to difficult space constraints and to the fact that I don't have a wifi card in my currently wired-to-AT & T-modem, he couldn't do any work. Since I didn't know about troubles I'd face before he arrived today, I told him I'd have to buy a wifi card for my desktop tower before he or a co-worker returns on Tues. 11 July to do the installation of Spectrum's system which uses a cable to the modem they give me and continues to use my landline phone line for what the Spectrum tech told me is something akin to VoIP phone service.
For maybe over 4 years, I've been using a router wired to my modem and to the desktop tower. It was given to me by the FCC which wants to check Internet speeds so companies don't cheat customers. Of course that router is useful when I very rarely use my laptop wirelessly. The Spectrum tech said my router would be fine with their system.
I've never bought a wifi card before. I didn't check to see what slots are open in my desktop tower but I figure an internal card would work in my computer which is ~ 8 yrs. old. And I suppose an external USB-type plug-in device would work but I wanted to check with you first about this.
What are your recommendations for wifi hardware? Since others here must have wifi in older destop tower computers, what brand internal or external wifi cards are ones I should check out before buying one?
Maybe this one from Amazon would be fine for me? It's the "Panda Wireless PAU06 300Mbps N USB Adapter", http://amzn.to/2tNcEsE [The Amazon description says it's a low power wifi adapter. Does this mean that the burden on my desktop tower's power supply box is minimal and unlikely to cause power troubles?] The Panda wireless website says this:
"Linux Compatible-- Our wireless cards are plug and play on Ubuntu, Debian, and many more distros! They also support monitor and promiscuous mode, so you BackTrackers can sniff and inject to your heart's delight."
My sole OS is MX-16.1 (64 bit).
Here are the specs for my older desktop tower computer:
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$ inxi -F System: Host: mx1 Kernel: 4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: KDE Plasma 4.14.2 Distro: MX-16_x64 Metamorphosis 12 December 2016 Machine: Device: desktop System: DakTech product: Discovery8 v: 2009 Mobo: Intel model: DG41RQ v: AAE54511-202 BIOS: Intel v: RQG4110H.86A.0010.2009.0408.1515 date: 04/08/2009 CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E8500 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB clock speeds: max: 3163 MHz 1: 3163 MHz 2: 3163 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controller Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel G41 GLX Version: 2.1 Audio: Card-1 Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Card-2 Logitech QuickCam Communicate MP/S5500 driver: USB Audio Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:1c:c0:ca:00:e1 Drives: HDD Total Size: 400.1GB (62.2% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3400832AS size: 400.1GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 15G used: 9.6G (68%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: /home size: 2.6G used: 811M (34%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6 ID-3: swap-1 size: 4.05GB used: 0.16GB (4%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 185 Uptime: 2:19 Memory: 3025.0/3917.7MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.21