Topic: Wi-Fi Dongle replacement
I was getting ready to mod the USB Wi-Fi adapter to accept an external antenna when I came across this post about an alternate adapter http://forum.chumby.com/viewtopic.php?pid=27426#p27426. Just curious if it was still available somewhere, I found this site http://www.pcliquidations.com/p10293-sp … 2-11g-wlan that has them for $4.99 and less if you order more than one (starting with 2-3 for $3.99 and gets better with qreater quantity) with free shipping.
I ordered 5 and it cost a whopping $17.45 with shipping. (yes I have that many units!)
I will update when I receive them and install them.
Duane, this might be a good investment if you need replacement Wi-Fi dongles.
Below is the particular post from ymelord
Found a Working WiFi Dongle
Finally, and this thing is great! Much better range and signal strength. Ordered from http://www.oxfordtec.com/
SparkLAN WL-685R WLAN 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless USB Dongle (Ralink RT2571WF) $15.99 +sh
Just plugged it in and restarted, can finally use the Chumby more than 20 ft from the wireless router (actually it's 50ft now, through several walls...
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"Home"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:22:75:A1:5D:68
Bit Rate=36 Mb/s Tx-Power=5 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=36/70 Signal level=-74 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0