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Can one "brand" router work with another "brand" wireless network card?

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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I had a customer in the store today, wanting to buy a Netgear router (N). He had a Linksys router from before, which did not work. He had a Linksys wireless network card in his desktop computer. He wanted to know if he could use his Linksys wireless network card with the Netgear router (N).

The question is as follows: I guess you can do this, but isn`t it best to have the wireless networking card from the same manufacturer as the router? I am thinking of software issues etc. Anyone that can give an explanation of why or why not?
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