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Old 01-11-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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Linux Wireless Question !!!!!!!!!

concerning redhat 9, kernel 2.4.20

Is there a freakin' linux wireless card/driver
BUNDLE somewhere where I don't have to pacth all
this stuff together or spend 2 weeks researching wireless cards and chipsets !!!!!!! GEEEEZZ!!!!!!
Almost makes me wanna go back to xp :-(

... or for "ease of use", should I go to linuxant ?

Jim White
Old 01-11-2007, 02:08 PM   #2
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concerning redhat 9, kernel 2.4.20
If I was forced to use that old of a distro, I'd probably go back to XP myself.
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What is your wireless card?

You are not going to get outofthebox wireless with Redhat, Fedora, or Slackware to name a few I know of. I rely 100% on wireless.

You will need to look for the relevant ndswrapper, madwifi packages for sure.

You would be far better served with an uptodate distro as far as wireless support goes. Many newer distros have great wireless support.

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Hello "Fair is Fair"

Hi Fair is Fair,

Thanks for the reply. I am actually willing to buy ANY
wireless card that has fairly 'easy' diver setup. But as
I see the replies being posted to my question, It seems that

1) I need to go the ndiswrapper or madwifi route (for atheros


2) Get an updated distro. Can you recommend a distro with
decent wireless support? p.s., I filled out the form
on ubuntu website to get the free ubuntu CD set as well.

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The trick is finding a card with artheros, prism, or ralink chipsets. There may be more supported chipsets too but these ones come to mind right now.
I have a Dlink DWL G520 rev.B and it has the artheros chipset. This one works outofbox in PCLOS, Mepis, Kanotix, Ubuntu, Sabayon, Elive(this is really nice), and Dream.
One laptop has the ralink chipset and Pclos worked outofbox.
Check the hardware database here for more info and reviews.
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Thanks "Fair".

I'll look into this diligently. You've given me good direction.
Old 01-12-2007, 11:54 AM   #7
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Hey Jim,

Why not just use a more current Linux distro ( has MUCH better wireless support then older linux versions alah Redhat9)

I'm sure any one of these would work for you just fine. There are a ton of others to chose...this is just a few

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Thanks much doublejoon, I might do this. I might try Ubuntu.

Thanks again.

Jim White
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using slackware 10.2, ndiswrapper, wpa supplicant, internal wireless i installed and reading docs i got wireless to go on an ibm a22m thinkpad vintage 2000, works like a charm for like almost a year
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Cool Thinkpad A22m Wireless Solution

I have been successful using the new Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx distribution on my IBM Thinkpad A22m with a Trendnet TEW-421PC PCMCIA card. I loaded the Alternative distribution with the wireless card docked to make sure the system at least recognized its existence. After install I initially connected to the Internet using the built-in LAN port on the Thinkpad and installed the Windows Wireless Drivers application from the Ubuntu Software Center. I also downloaded the Utility file from the Trendnet website and used 7-zip to unzip the files into a directory in my Home folder. After running the Windows Wireless Drivers and locating the net8185.inf file in the WIN2KXP folder, the drivers loaded successfully. After rebooting, without the LAN connection, I was able to pickup my wireless router and login.
I am very happy with the work that the Ubuntu team has done on getting these 3rd party wireless components to work with their latest release. I now have a laptop completely assigned to Linux that has only 384MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, but performs very well and with the 15" screen is very easy on the eyes (compared to a 10" netbook screen).

BTW, the Trendnet card was only $20.

Hope this helps and Good Luck!

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