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Old 10-25-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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witch distro has prism2_usb modules?

Yeah, I know it's a stupid question, but I got an Netgear MA111 card, and I want to test it, without recompiling the kernel etc.. it would be great, if it's a live CD, but regular distro would also work! thank you!
Old 10-25-2006, 01:57 PM   #2
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Check your distros repositories for the Driver..

default@itg-debian:~$ apt-cache search Prism2
hostap-modules-2.4.27-2-686 - Host AP driver for Intersil Prism2/2.5/3 (kernel 2.4.27-2-686)
hostap-modules-2.6.8-3-686 - Host AP driver for Intersil Prism2/2.5/3 (kernel 2.6.8-3-686)
hostap-modules-2.6.8-3-686-smp - Host AP driver for Intersil Prism2/2.5/3 (kernel 2.6.8-3-686-smp)
hostap-source - Host AP driver for Intersil Prism2/2.5/3
hostap-utils - Utility programs for Host AP driver for Intersil Prism2/2.5/3
hostapd - user space IEEE 802.11 AP and IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP Authenticator

So it's available in Debian or any debian based distro, such as Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xandros, Knoppix, etc.. but is probably not loaded by default.

One Live CD that MAY have it available by default would be Auditor, since it is designed to work with wireless from a Live CD.

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Old 10-25-2006, 02:43 PM   #3
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Knoppix 3.7 has it. I haven't tried any versions after 3.7. But just knowing that it's Prism2/2.5 isn't enough. I have three of these since before I started with Linux. The module that comes with the kernels never worked for me. If your kernel is before 2.6.15 wlan-ng is what you need. That's what Knoppix has. Later kernels have to settle for ndiswrapper. Neither involves recompiling the kernel, just the modules that get loaded by the kernel.

That's just my experience.


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