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Old 11-29-2003, 11:23 PM   #1
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I Want A Wireless Card That Works!!!!!!


Ok, im a little upset with linux and im sure it feels the same towards me. Im going on my third wireless card in a few weeks. I only have one question.... ARE THERE ANY WIRELESS CARDS THAT JUST WORK??????? Everytime i try a new card i go through sooo much hassle. Recompiling after recompiling after recompliling, i cant enter a wep, i cant change it to shared mode, i get a weak signal, and so on and so on. I just want a card that works. Ive tried a netgear MA401 and a Proxim orinoco gold. The netgear worked right out of the box, except no wep. The orinoco wasnt compatible, so i spent forever and a half getting it to work only to find out that i barely get a signal with it. Can someone please give me a suggestion, of a good card that acctually works????? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!



Im running slackware 9.0
 
Old 11-30-2003, 06:49 AM   #2
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Thats wot i want to know coz ive got a NETGEAR WG511 and thats not compatible with linux so IS THERE A WIRELESS CARD THAT IS???????
 
Old 11-30-2003, 07:23 AM   #3
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Scuze me.... WG511 is compatible. I've used mine ever since it came out.

Go to prism54.org and download the bits and you will be up and running within half an hour!
 
Old 11-30-2003, 07:54 AM   #4
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wot do i download i cant find any link 2 download somefin wot am i looking for, the only thing i can find r the text files on the site but that cant be it can it???????
 
Old 11-30-2003, 09:19 AM   #5
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Hi ste_63,

My Airway 802.11b adapter just worked with Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2. Put the card in, went to configure it and Drake promted me to put the MDK CD in. It installed the drivers and took me to the configuration screen. Two minutes later I was online.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 09:22 AM   #6
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SlackinM,

Get a Prism3 card. It will "just work" and will give you pretty decent range. Use the latest orinoco_cs driver. You can get a ZyXEL B-100 with good sensitivity and 80mw tx, for example, for around $40. There's a list of chipsets here.

What AP are you using? If the ORiNOCO card functioned, but poorly, you may have an issue at the other end of the chain.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 09:30 AM   #7
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The thing has two parts:

The patch for the kernel (or text file as you call it) + a firmware file.

For the driver to work, you need to use the latest kernel from kernel.org. (2.4.23 I believe) and apply the prism54 patch.

I guess if you have not configured and compiled your own kernel before, the whole thing might seem a little tricky. In fact, if you have not done it before, I suggest you practice a bit first, perhaps configuring and recompiling a bit first. There are plenty of howto's knocking about on this site, and there's of course the tldp.org one which is very comprehensive. If bought your slack in a box, there wil also be something about it in the manual.

let us know how you get on.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 02:36 PM   #8
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The MA401 that just worked, but with no WEP, was a prism2 card, probably the best for the job.

There's a difference in how you might be creating WEP keys on the router and how you assign them to a card using iwconfig.

If you created a WEP key using passphrasing on the router... that's the problem. Just assign a hex key by hand on both sides and you have no worries.

You actually bought the best card on the market, and from the only guys that have yet to NOT change the chipset without also changing the model name. Unlike the 3 different chipsets that masquerade as the WMP11.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:22 PM   #9
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Dell Truemobile 1150 series that uses the orinoco driver works pretty nicely here.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 06:08 PM   #10
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after 2 weeks and several cards for my laptop and even pci cards for my desktop, I have them all working wirelessly. I simply installed windowsxp.
I will try linux again next year. Too much work. goodbye
 
Old 12-01-2003, 04:00 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by baimo
after 2 weeks and several cards for my laptop and even pci cards for my desktop, I have them all working wirelessly. I simply installed windowsxp.
I will try linux again next year. Too much work. goodbye
Sorry you had so many problems. I had the opposite experience : my Wireless card works fine on Linux but I still can't get it working on XP, despite installing the drivers from CD.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 08:20 AM   #12
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Hi! I have bought a Netgear WG511 wlan card for my Gericom notebook. I am running Linux Mandrake 9.1. Could anyone post a step-by-step guidance for installing and configuring it (also with WEP-keys)?
thx in advance
Flex
 
Old 12-01-2003, 08:36 AM   #13
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I got a wpc54g (802.11g, ery54mb/s) and it works with a little hassel with xp, however every where I look, everything says there is no way to get it to work with linux.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 08:57 AM   #14
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Fle and ste 63

Prism44 have a readme which tells you how to get your WG511's going.
http://prism54.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb/pr...EADME?rev=HEAD
 
Old 12-01-2003, 09:43 AM   #15
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thx - great help. i am going to try this tomorrow. any other questions will be placed into this forum.
 
  


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