[clug] Any Small USB Wifi Adaptors of AP?

Bob Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Mon Aug 15 00:52:16 UTC 2016

On 15/08/16 10:15, jm wrote:
> I'm looking at building a Linux based Wifi Access Point in a constrained
> space. There is only room for a nano or possibly a mini wifi apdaptor
> (ideally the nano). The Atheros 9k is known to work but the only one
> I've found is the TP-Link TL-WN722N which is 170mm tall when you include
> the antenna. The maximum clearance available from the edge of the USB
> connector is 20mm outward. Sidewards there is a little more space say
> 10mm either side for a total width of 35mm.  This is for a residential
> set up so range only needs to be 50m. Is there another chipset which can
> be used with Linux to create an Access Point and/or a Wifi USB adaptor
> which can be used to provide an Access Point in this constrained space?
> Jeff.

What about a USB extension cable to get you clear of the 20mm sideways
constraint? I have several USB WiFi dongles acting as APs in two
situations, and in both cases, the dongle is mounted well clear of the
hosting laptop on a (in my case, shortish) USB extension cable.

Both of my "in-service" USB WiFi APs are on D-Link adaptors. But I am
trying to build a kernel module to allow me to use a TP-Link Nano
adaptor as an AP - no success so far.


Bob Edwards.

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