I had to construct an ad -hoc wired network across floors, because the recovery image could not use WiFi on my laptop. Had to transplant the ssd into another computer, which has the TV as display, and therefore is immobile.
Can someone recommend a fast USB WiFi adapter, which the recovery image can use?
I found out, USB Wifi support is all but non-existent right now. The only USB-N stick with free drivers is no longer on the market. And only one older G-standard chipset available.
Wifi has always been a problem for free software users. USB Wifi cards are becoming less free. With the older 802.11G standard many USB wifi cards had free drivers and did not require non-free firmware. With 802.11N there is only one chipset on the market, from Atheros, which is completely free.
Na, it’s getting better and better. With more and more devices using Linux, chip creators need good Linux drivers in oder to compete.
Debian just has a definition of “free” where everything needs to be open source and a loadable firmware blob is not allowed. This means the firmware needs to be in a special wifi chip device memory (or open source and easily compilable), which increases cost – so nobody does it. The live cd has all kinds of different firmware packages. If one is missing please tell me.