Edimax EW-7811Un on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

I've recently re-purposed my old desktop PC to be a server running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. As it's an old box it's not exactly quiet so I placed it under the stairs which posed a problem connection wise. In the end I decided to connect it up via wireless rather than run an Ethernet cable to it, so after doing a bit of research I went for the Edimax EW-7811Un nano USB adaptor from Amazon.

According to the Edimax web site Linux drivers were available for it and there were a few posts on the Ubuntu forums & wiki saying that people had got it working:

The USB adaptor uses the RealTek rtl8192cu chip according to this Debian wiki page and the filename of the Edimax driver package.

I tried the Edimax drivers first but I was getting pretty random results so I switched to RealTek's own drivers which seemed a lot more stable, and they seem to update them quite often too.