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Old 10-08-2004, 02:56 AM   #1
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Post Debian on a Laptop - wireless?

Hello folks.........

I recently have acquired a laptop and I am very interested in getting it to use the new technology of wireless.

My questions are: could you recommend a good wireless NIC and also, could anyone tell me if there are any tutorials available on how to configure, search, find and connect to wireless access points?

Thank you very much for the help"!

Old 10-09-2004, 07:43 PM   #2
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I've only had good experience with Prism 2.5 cards. (like older B linksys PCMCIA cards and the sort, not the later versions which are Realtek chipsets with extremely bad linux drivers)

For the most part, usually all I add is something like this to the network interface /etc/network/interfaces

iface eth1 inet dhcp
wireless_essid wap_essid
wireless_mode managed
wireless_ap ap_mac_address
wireless_key key_for_key_index_1 (or add it like an array for key index 2 3 or 4 with a [2]key [3]key.... etc)

You can also do it to the eth1 file if you want to. I never need to use other access points so I do it this way.

As for other cards... Usually you need to use ndiswrapper and install the windows drivers. I've always tried to stay away from emulating windows stuff so I went out and got cards with native linux kernel support.


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