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Does anyone know of a wireless card or set of cards that are very 'linux friendly', other than prism (or prisms that meet my second request: input for an antenna)? although it isn't a must, the card with an input for an antenna would be awesome: I'm into amateur radio and would definatly like to combine radio, linux and antenna making.
I love linux for my PC at home... it's a wonderful operating system. I have, however, been thinking about extending my use beyond the desk. In order to do this, however, I would need to be able to use linux on my laptop, which requires being able to get wireless up and running.
I've tried installing my card via ndiswrapper, and even custom scripts speciafically for this card, on several different operating systems, including ubuntu, fedora and dsl. I have no ambition left in me after months of repeated failures, and everyone I could think of -- including these forums -- trying to help me. So I've given up on this card -- which doesn't have input for an antenna anyway -- in hopes of finding a better one.
The ORiNOCO family of cards are considered some of the best. They are high end in terms of performance and options, and are very well supported. You should have no problem getting one with an external antenna connector and powerful radio.
That said, there are certainly Prism cards out there with external antenna capability. I have a Prism PCMCIA card that I pulled out of some junk machine awhile back that can take an external antenna.
[QUOTE=RadioFanatic]I am into Amateur Radio too. I tried combining radio, Linux and antenna making, and it was neat!
I'm looking to different cards right now that have antenna ports (my initial goal was just a cheap one that works...), and there's more out there than I originally suspected. by the way, there's also gobs of awesome amateur radio software for Linux: I'm working on learning the dots and dashes, and there are a few great pieces of software for that. There's also a bunch of stuff for packet radio -- which would be fun.