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Old 08-17-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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Please recommend pci b/g card with wpa with OS drivers


I've looked at some entries in the HCL, and googled around, but I'd like to get some direct opinions from fellow slackers.

I'm about to come into a free PII box that I plan to put on my wireless network so I'm in the market for a 802.11g PCI wifi card that supports WPA. I could use a card that is supported by ndiswrapper, which is what I use on my dell 700m laptop, but I would rather find a good card that has opensource drivers.

I would appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:09 PM   #2
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CNet CWP-854 is a great card that I have, and there is an Open Source driver here:

http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

All cards with a Ralink-chip should be supported, I think.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:11 PM   #3
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Cisco Aironet 350 PCI.

Drivers are in the 2.6 series kernel. I use this card in its PCMCIA form, and it works flawlessly.

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Old 08-17-2005, 07:28 PM   #4
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CNet CWP-854 is a great card that I have
It looks like it only supports WEP. Have you used WPA on it? thanks!
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:30 PM   #5
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Cisco Aironet 350 PCI.
Thanks, Dave. I need a 802.11g with WPA -- it looks like this is a 802.11b card w/o WPA. Or am I looking at the wrong thing? I just froogled for it.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:42 PM   #6
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Hi again.

According to the Cisco site:
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Cisco Aironet products secure the enterprise network with a scalable and manageable system featuring the award-winning Cisco Wireless Security Suite. Based on the 802.1X standard for port-based network access, the Cisco Wireless Security Suite takes advantage of the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) framework for user-based authentication (Figure 3). This solution supports Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), the Wi-Fi Alliance certification for interoperable, standards-based wireless LAN security.
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps4555/products_data_sheet09186a0080088828.html

Exactly what that means, I'm not entirely sure.

Last edited by ilikejam; 08-17-2005 at 09:43 PM.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 10:13 AM   #7
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RT2500

Personally, I use the RT2500 based chips. GPL driver, good support, supports WEP/WPA, Adhoc, managed etc. Make sure you get a 2500-based chip, not a 2400.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/rt2400
http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Hardware supported is here:
http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Hardware

I use a Cnet CWP-854 that I got cheap from eBay without any problems at all.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 10:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the great responses, guys. I'll check into those cards and report back what I end up using.
 
  


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