I will soon be having broadband Internet connection installed at my home. Yep, my abode will finally have net access. However, I’m having a dilemma right now in terms of internal cabling.
My apartment has two phone outlets; one in the living room and one in the master bedroom. There’s also a small room which I plan to convert into my home office. The problem is, this room is nowhere near either phone outlets!
Wireless LAN is one option and I’m sure my SO will prefer this method because it’s definitely going to be much less messy compare to traditional wired LAN.
However, my fear is wireless NIC support on Linux, my primary OS. I’ve read that it can be very troublesome to get it working right. If I were to go wireless, I was thinking of getting one of those cheap USB WLAN adapters for my desktop. But it would suck if there’s no suitable drivers for it under Linux!
Wired LAN on the other hand would be lacking in the cosmetics department. It also requires meticulous planning to be implemented properly; ie. Where do I want the points to be? Do I go fully networked (all rooms plus living room) or implement it by phases? Would the points eventually be fully utilised? However, I can be 100% confident that my network cards will be supported by whatever OS my family members use.
I could also implement a mixed network environment; both WLAN and wired LAN. But wouldn’t that be overkill?
Right now, I’m leaning more towards going wireless. I’d appreciate any advice from Linux users who are connects to a wireless network. What hardware are you using? How difficult (or easy) was it to get up and running (especially if you’re using wireless USB adapters)? What’s the performance like? Oh, I’m using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn by the way.
I’d appreciate your recommendation. Thanks.