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Old 05-28-2004, 12:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy which wireless card should i buy

Which wireless Network card should I buy that would be easiest to install by a newbie in RH9???

I just got stuck with a Trendnet TEW-301PC that hell knows if it can be relistically possible to get up and running. So I'm going to return it, but which one should I get??

Thanks in advance for the advise.
Old 05-28-2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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get an orinoco clasic gold or silver (clones are fine)
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Greatr but I've never heard of this Orinoco brand name? What's exactly the vendor? the website? Which brand are the clones? I just came back from iquiring about Wireless LAN cards for Linux and there were very few options and a lot of ignorance on the subject.

It'll be great if you could answer my questions above...

Old 05-30-2004, 12:21 AM   #4
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Orinoco is the chipset, there are some cards which actually are labeled as such, but there are something like a dozen different vendors which make it. I want to say its Proxim or Lucent who make the Gold and Silver cards. Do a google search, plenty will turn up. Even better, hit up e-bay...i've been looking for a nice Orinoco combo card myself, and i can assure you there are tons of Orinoco gold cards on e-bay.

There are some good websites listing what cards are most supported under Linux. The Prism2 chipset seems to be very supported right behind the Orinoco. You'll probably need to do a little digging before buying a card to see what chipset things run on, and above all, avoid things with the Broadcom chipset! They abolutely refuse to release specs on their chips, so it is close to impossible to write a good Linux driver for them. The only way I know that those work is to use something like ndiswrapper...and as a newbie, i don't think you wanna mess with that.

Surpringly, my Microsoft MN-520 802.11b card seems to be quite well supported under Linux...and it was only $20
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I'v read that orinoco and proxim cards arn't eacxtly the same thing, the driver for one may work with the other but there may be problems.

Secondhand goldcard's on ebay are going for lots more money than new cards of other types, probably because linux users and wardrivers want them.
Old 05-31-2004, 12:51 PM   #6
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actualy orinoco is not the chipset, its the brand. the chipset of the orinoco clasics is hermes and thats what you want. dont get the non-classic ones because they are not the hermes chipset and they dont work in linux i think.
Old 06-17-2004, 05:46 PM   #7
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The newer orinocco / proxim cards use the atheros chipset, along with most other 3.3v cardbus wifi cards.

The atheros chipset is supported by the MadWifi Drivers.
Old 06-18-2004, 04:42 AM   #8
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Which distribution do you use?

if you are searching for a pcmcia wlan card I can suggest a netgear MA401 which is based on an orinoco chipset.
It should be very easy to set up, even for a newbee.

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The MA401 uses a Prism chipset which is compatible with the native orinoco_cs driver.


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