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   * See this [[faq#​what_is_the_best_wireless_card_to_buy|FAQ entry]] if your question is "What is the best wireless card to buy?".   * See this [[faq#​what_is_the_best_wireless_card_to_buy|FAQ entry]] if your question is "What is the best wireless card to buy?".
  
-This section deals with a three related areas:+This section deals with two related areas:
  
   * Determine the chipset of a wireless card   * Determine the chipset of a wireless card
   * Determine the driver for a wireless card   * Determine the driver for a wireless card
  
-The previous version of this page can found [[compatibility_drivers|here]].+The previous version of this page can found [[compatibility_drivers_old|here]].
  
 ===== Determine the chipset ===== ===== Determine the chipset =====
-There are two manufacturers involved with wireless cards. The first is the brand of the card itself. ​ Examples of card manufacturers are Netgear, Ubiquiti , Linksys, ​Interl ​and D-Link. There are many, many manufacturers beyond the examples give here.+There are two manufacturers involved with wireless cards. The first is the brand of the card itself. ​ Examples of card manufacturers are Netgear, Ubiquiti , Linksys, ​Intel and D-Link. There are many, many manufacturers beyond the examples give here.
  
 The second manufacturer is who makes the wireless chipset within the card. For example, Ralink, Atheros, Qualcomm. This is the most important company to know.  Unfortunately,​ it is sometimes the hardest to determine. This is because card manufacturers generally don't want to reveal what they use inside their card. However, for our purposes, it is critical to know the wireless chipset manufacturer. Knowing the wireless chipset manufacturer allows you to determine which operating systems are supported, software drivers you need and what limitations are associated with them. The next section describes the operating systems supported and limitations by chipset. The second manufacturer is who makes the wireless chipset within the card. For example, Ralink, Atheros, Qualcomm. This is the most important company to know.  Unfortunately,​ it is sometimes the hardest to determine. This is because card manufacturers generally don't want to reveal what they use inside their card. However, for our purposes, it is critical to know the wireless chipset manufacturer. Knowing the wireless chipset manufacturer allows you to determine which operating systems are supported, software drivers you need and what limitations are associated with them. The next section describes the operating systems supported and limitations by chipset.
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 Once you have determined the chipset, check the [[compatibility_drivers#​drivers|driver]] section for which software driver you need. Software drivers connect the operating system to the hardware. The drivers are different for each operating system. There are also notes regarding limitations. Once you have determined the chipset, check the [[compatibility_drivers#​drivers|driver]] section for which software driver you need. Software drivers connect the operating system to the hardware. The drivers are different for each operating system. There are also notes regarding limitations.
  
-If you are deciding on which card to purchase, check the "[[compatibility_drivers#which_is_the_best_card_to_buy|Which is the best card to buy?​]]"​ section on this page. There are many considerations that should go into your purchase decision:+If you are deciding on which card to purchase, check the "[[faq#what_is_the_best_wireless_card_to_buy|What is the best wireless ​card to buy?​]]"​ section on this page. There are many considerations that should go into your purchase decision:
  
   *Hardware compatibility with your existing equipment.   *Hardware compatibility with your existing equipment.
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