[NBLUG/talk] Installing WiFi cards

Mark Street mark at oswizards.com
Mon Jun 14 12:19:33 PDT 2004

Not to be a party pooper or anything but I run my entire house on wireless 
Linux boxes.  I run various RH boxen RH9 and FC1, Debian with WiFi cards from  
Linksys ver. 3, Netgear PCI, Orinoco Gold with no problems.

Don't give up, DO your homework first, I hear the WPC11 4 with the Realtek 
chip works really well with Linux using the commercial driver from Conextant 
utilizing the doze driver.

On Monday 14 June 2004 12:13, A.C. wrote:
> Lincoln Peters wrote:
> >That was the last thing I tried before I gave up.  They were out of
> >stock at CompUSA.  At that point, I had finally lost all interest in
> >(and patience for) wireless networking.
> >
> >I suppose I could have looked somewhere else, but I don't think it would
> >have been worth it.
> >
> >---
> >Lincoln Peters
> ><sampln at sbcglobal.net>
> I've been fighting with getting *any* wireless card to work on *any*
> distribution, and so far I've had very little luck.  I spent the past
> weekend fighting with Knoppix 3.4 (2.4 and 2.6 kernels), the Knoppix to
> HD install (Debian Sid), and a real Debian network install with three
> different cards - LinkSys WPC11 2.5 (Prism II), LinkSys WPC11 4
> (RealTek), and Proxim Orinoco Silver A/B (Atheros chipset).  I managed
> to get the best luck with the Debian clean install and the LinkSys WPC11
> 2.5 based off the Prism II chipset, but even then I couldn't get the
> card to connect to my AP.  The linux-wlan / wlan-ng method has done
> nothing but confuse me, and wrapping a Windows driver seems like a
> really bad idea, and a hack at that.
> In my case, wireless is the only option, and the lack of a clean
> wireless solution for Linux is the only thing preventing me from making
> Linux the default operating system of choice on all of the systems in
> the house.  I've got to find something my wife can use without making
> her frustrated (either from the standpoint of being too difficult to
> figure out or from the standpoint of being tied to our single landline
> access in an inconvenient room).
> At this point, I think I'm going to drop the cash and get a
> WaveLan-based Orinoco Gold, but if that doesn't work I might just have
> to slap myself and slink back to Windows for household purposes for a
> couple more years until things mature.  Most unfortunate.
> Good luck with your project Lincoln, and just know that there are others
> out there with the same struggles.  Take care,
> A.C.
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