Wireless PCMCIA

bruce bedouglas at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 12 03:37:57 UTC 2006


i saw this post when it 1st showed up... meant to get back to you. (forgive
the top posting!!!)

anyway, i don't know precisely what specs the card is, but i'm currently
running FC4 with a netgear wg511t. i downloaded the madwifi rpms from
atrpms. i have 3 of the rpms.... your mileage might vary...

to gt things working, i installed the rpms. i was then able to use the gnome
gui network config app to set the card. i'm fairly certain that i've missed
certain parameters, but the card works, allowing me to communicate with my
wireless router...

i found the card at best buy for ~$55....


-----Original Message-----
From: fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com
[mailto:fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com]On Behalf Of Mikkel L. Ellertson
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 8:03 PM
To: For users of Fedora Core releases
Subject: Re: Wireless PCMCIA

Jim Lowman wrote:
> While I'm not inclined to bash the tremendous effort
> of many volunteers over many years to bring us a free
> and stable OS, this wireless card issue is a hot topic
> with me.
<--------------[ SNIP ]------------------>
> Yesterday I asked the question, both on this list and
> on LinuxForums, about what a reliable Linux-compatible
> wireless card for a Dell 8500 laptop would be, without
> having to resort to a custom kernel or ndiswrapper.
> The sum of my responses: 1.
<--------------[ SNIP ]------------------>
> Am I being ignored because the answer is out there
> somewhere in the archives and no one wants to give me
> RTFM as an answer?  I have invested in quite a number
> of technical books on Linux and FC5, BTW. as well as
> considerable Googling.
> Jim
In my case, I did not answer because I have no experience with the
802.11g cards. My laptop has built-in wireless and I use the ipw3945
driver. Because it is not part of the standard FC5 kernels, I have
to ether build a new driver, or download it from AT rpms with each
kernel upgrade. Now, if you were interested in 802.11b cards, I
could offer a couple of ideas, but I have not used any of them with
FC5, so I am not sure how much help I could be.

I think part of the problem is that so many of the newer laptops
have wireless built in, so people figure out how to use what comes
with the laptop. Another part of the problem is that is is hard to
tell if a specific card is going to work. It would be different if
the manufacturer would change model numbers when they change chip
sets in the card. But too many of them do not. It is interesting
when you go to download the Windows drivers, and you have to pick
the correct card model out of 5 or 6 choices, all of them having the
same number, and maybe different revision numbers. Even if you know
a specific revision number will work, a lot of the time you have no
way of knowing what revision the card is until you open the box and
look at the card.

This is not just a Linux problem. You run into the same problem
getting cards that work with older versions of Windows CE as well.


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