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Old 07-21-2003, 06:53 PM   #1
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What popular wireless card works with a Linux laptop?

Hello, world.

I'm going to try and keep this simple.

My dad has several laptops with Redhat 9.0 installed.

He has one Lucent Orinoco card, which works well with these laptops.

Over the year(s) Lucent stopped producing these cards, and nobody sells them any more.

He's looking for some more wireless cards, that are similar to the Lucent card. A card which will maybe work with the orinoco driver that is currently installed on his laptops.

I've been searcing the internet for a list of popular cards I could get. I know there's a list of them somewhere on a webpage.. I can't remember the url now.. but the title of it was "The devices The drivers". I'm sure most people are familiar with it, but I didn't see any cards that I knew would be at the local stores for sure. The only card with Linux support I found that I recognised was the Dlink 660. I don't know if my local store will have that, maybe it will. I'm just trying to get an idea of what's out there that would work with Linux for sure.

I bought a Proxim 8420 (I believe that was the model number) before I really knew what I was doing. I, like a few other people I've seen on these forums, thought that it was a true Orinoco card and would work under Linux. Boy did I learn that the hard way.

Are there any such cards out there? Does anybody know what I'm talking about?

I really didn't mean to make this post this long. Maybe it's an interesting read if you're bored?
Old 07-21-2003, 07:48 PM   #2
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Does the card have to be Orinoco compatible? If not, and you are willing to download and install the wlan-ng RPM, then look for a card that is a Prism 2/2.5/3 based. I use a Netgear card with the wlan-ng drivers and RH 9 with no problems. Here is a fairly complete list:

Old 07-22-2003, 01:32 AM   #3
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The venerable Hermes chipset used in Agere, ORiNOCO and Lucent cards was probably the de facto standard for Linux for a long time. Ease of installation and great sensitivity made it a pick. Intersil made up for lost time, though and their current Prism cards are equal to or better than the original ORiNOCO. Prism-based cards will also work with the orinoco_cs driver. The latest version is here:

I'm using, or have used a Proxim RangeLAN-DS, Linksys WPC11 v1, ORiNOCO Silver, ZyAIR B-100 7 ZyAIR B-101 with Red Hat 7.3, 8.0 & 9.0, all with the orinoco_cs driver. WEP, great speed, even using 802..1x with FreeRADIUS.
Old 07-22-2003, 06:51 PM   #4
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Thank you for replying!

I went out and bought the Linksys WPC11 v.4. It doesn't seem to want to work with the existing orinoco_cs driver. I'm going to have to install the wv_lan driver for that I guess.
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The WPC11 v4 is made by Realtek, there's a huge thread on how to get that going here:


Old 07-23-2003, 10:16 AM   #6
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I just found an Orinoco gold online a few weeks ago, try looking around for them, you can still find them, they just dont sell them in stores anymore
Old 07-23-2003, 11:31 AM   #7
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"Me too" on the Netgear MA401 with Slackware 9.0. Although the default orinico_cs module is functional, it craps out intermittently. I switched to the linux-wlan prism2 modules, and now the wireless connection works nicely.
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Thanks too all who replied. Thanks to finegan for the link! That really is a huge thread about that one card...

The card isn't working for me yet, but I certainly am learning a lot about this OS...

Again thanks for all the replies.. this is a really helpful forum.


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