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Old 02-02-2004, 08:20 AM   #1
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Slack 9.1 pcmcia wlan card


i have got no experience regarding wlan and linux. My distri of choice is slackware 9.1. I would like to buy a wlan pcmcia card for my cute laptop.
What card can you commend to me?? I know this is a very basic question but i just dont know where to start.

Old 02-02-2004, 10:07 AM   #2
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ok, i've become close to this...

this card seems to fit my needs:

WL22MBit PC Card D-Link Airplus DWL-650+

also its cheap about 30 $ and it should work with the prism chipset driver...

what do you think about this card in conjunction with slack, any experiences?
Old 02-04-2004, 08:47 AM   #3
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I had one for slack.... waste of my time to say the least. Get a Netgear MA401, it's in the HCL and supported right out of the box.
Old 02-04-2004, 09:12 AM   #4
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I've done some WLan on Slack9.1 and out of the box I can recommend the Netgear card it works great directly. I've used a Xircom card as well But I don't remeber the name right now and that worked as well OK. As a rule most 802.11b card will work great out of the box, but the + cards must have a new driver installed.

I've used a D-Link DWL-AB650 and it worked great with the madwifi driver, BUT the PCI card (DWL-AB520) is a big pain in the a**e. It's instable and a mess to get to work proper. I might have mixed thoose names around but one is PCMCIA and the other is PCI card.

I would stay away from any card that's not supported by the kernel out of the box, just to much hazzel to get it to work...

Old 02-04-2004, 09:24 AM   #5
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I'm using several cards with Slack and posted info in the HCL. Prism2.5 or 3 or ORiNOCO classic cards work just fine for me with the stock orinoco_cs driver.


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