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Old 02-13-2005, 08:00 AM   #1
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Question Native 802.11g support.

Hi all,

I am looking for a PCMCIA wireless card that supports 802.11g and that it natively supported in Linux. I have done a lot of reading on the web, and things don't look good! Most of the cards that say they're supported ( are now newer incarnations that don't work with a native kernel module. I found this out the hard way when I tried a netgear wg511 card in my Thinkpad: turns out that versions made in Taiwan are all good, those made in China - not.

My current searching method is to find a supported card in the list at the aforementioned website, then search google to see if anyone has had any recent troubles getting the card to work with the kernel module recommended. So far the following cards seem to be the best bet:

Actiontec tbd:

Airvast WN-150g ( - doesn't seem to be a page for this product on the site, don't know if that means it's not available

Alfa GWPC006 - ( - can't seem to buy this card anywhere on the net, or at least, google can't find it!

Compex WL 54G - (

And I haven't finished yet! However, I wondered if anyone had any helpful input as to what card would be a good bet. Somebody out there must have purchased a new 802.11g card and gotten it working in Linux natively. Oh, I almost forgot - the main reason I would like the card to work natively is so I can run it in monitor mode, in conjunction with kismet + airsnort.

Please, please, any help will be most appreciated.

Thank you.


Last edited by azrael808; 02-13-2005 at 08:27 AM.
Old 02-13-2005, 08:21 AM   #2
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I noticed that you live in England, so you could try Maplins Electronics. They hold Sitecom cards which, though not brilliant under linux, do work to some degree. I have a g wireless PC Card and it works with the acx111 driver found on

There are still features missing from the driver and it is still experimental but has been stable for me.


P.S. One thing I would suggest, which is possibly cheeky, is to get one from a shop and see if it works then take it back. If it didn't then repeat. If it is supported then you can either keep it or return it and find it cheaper on the net.
Old 02-13-2005, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! Didn't even think about Maplin. As for the sitecom cards, anybody used them in monitor mode?

What about if I just buy a 802.11b card for now, just so I can get the monitor mode/kismet/airsnort working? I'll just swap out the b for the g (with ndiswrapper) if I need the extra speed.

Any suggestions for a well supported card that won't cause any problems when I try and use the above utils/apps?



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