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I want to add my laptop running linux to my wireless network... What are some PCMCIA Cardbus cards available for that?
I was also wondering if many people are using Wireless-G in their Linux network?
One last thing I was hoping for too, was a quick HowTo install a wireless card in Linux? I know that in Windows the plug and play detects it and it starts up, will the same happen in Linux if I have the drivers for the card installed or is there a lot more I need to do?
wlan cards and Linux is a delicate subject. Search these forums and you will find good answers.
- Currently there are no 802.11G cards supported under Linux
- Go with a card based on the prism2 or prism2_5 chipsets. These are fully supported and will even let you use your laptop as an access point. Other good cards are Orinoco and Lucent (which are basically the same, if I'm not completely mistaken).
Which do you prefer? And you are telling me that you didn't do anything besides plugging the card into your RH 9.0 linux box and then it was detected? Where did you do the configuring for the card's IP address?
I can confirm that plugging a Netgear MA401 card into a RH9 box just works. If your AP requires encryption or static ip, the easiest way is to use neat to configure the wireless interface.
One big trap that I fell into and that many others appear to, also, is that RH9 totally ignores the the /etc/pcmcia/wireless script and its configuration file /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts.
Does anybody know hoe to make rh9 use the wireless.opts?
I have a cardbus, which I think means a 32bit PCMCIA slot, so most of the cards mentioned above are only 16bit, is there any that are the 32bit that anyone knows of or better yet any advice on if that makes a heck of a lot of difference?
32bit PCMCIA = true cardbus. This means the cards have pretty much direct access to the system bus and in sync with it. The card becomes a core part of the system.
16bit PCMCIA cards should work with cardbus-capable laptops as well. The traditional 16bit PCMCIA interface is - you guessed it - a 16bit interface, and the transfer rate is asynchronous with the system bus. It's pretty slow compared to cardbus but it works well enough with 10Mbit and wlan network cards.