I have a Lenovo ThinkPad W500 and I'm planning on switching to Fedora full-time within the next couple months, at least if the laptop will let me. The good news is that Fedora 16 works with my built-in wireless card out of the box. The bad news is, I fear that card is dying. It randomly refuses to connect to any wireless network in the area (when nobody else around is having trouble; it takes a really long time and then says failed to connect) in both the Fedora Live CD and in my Windows 7 install. Windows is throwing DHCP errors and complaining about invalid IP configurations.
Given that I have the same connection issues in Windows and using a Live CD, the only thing I can conclude is that I have hardware failure somewhere, so now I'm looking for a USB Wireless adapter. Is there a way I can find out if something is compatible with Fedora? I'm hoping for something like this
so I don't have a big stick coming out the side of my laptop all the time, but I'm not sure how to find out if it's compatible. I'd probably need something that works out of the box; I know nothing about hardware management in Linux.