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Old 09-19-2005, 11:11 PM   #1
yhus
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NETGEAR wireless PCI adapter


Hi,

I bought a wireless PCI adapter Nettgear Wag311, but could not find linux driver. Does that mean I have to return it to the shop and buy another one? If so, could anyone give me a clue which bland of wireless adapter (802.11) is good for linux?

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Old 09-20-2005, 12:58 AM   #2
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I think that card uses the Atheros chip set. There is a native linux driver project (MAD wifi) for this driver.
http://madwifi.sourceforge.net/

Use, as root, the command "lspci" to make sure. Sometimes, two different devices from even the same model may be made using different chipsets.

If there isn't a native linux driver, then can try using ndiswrapper. Ndiswrapper will take a windows driver instead. With ndiswrapper, you might want to download the latest source package for this to be a success. Also make sure you have wireless-tools installed. It contains a number of tools such as ifconfig, ifpriv, etc.
 
Old 09-20-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
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According to the Ndiswrapper compatability list, the WG311T card uses the Atheros chipset, but the WG311 uses the TEXAS INSTRUMENTS ACX 111 chipset.

It might be a help to run lspci and then lspci -n to find the pciid of the card (in the form xxxx:xxxx) and then search the Ndiswrapper compatability list (here) for that ID to see if it's supported.

Simon.
 
Old 09-21-2005, 09:03 AM   #4
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There's a very good stash of information on the TI acx111 at The House of Craig web site at http://www.houseofcraig.net/indx.php . I was able to use the linux-native driver he links to (it's from Sourceforge) and the instructions to get my netgear wireless up and running.

But I gotta tell ya... I thought I was doing good with that card for about 5 months. It died on me. I replaced it with another that (coincidently) uses an Atheros chipset, and I went to the madwifi driver for it. It's rock solid, and sort-of showed me that either the netgear or the driver leaves a little something to be desired.
Good luck.
 
  


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