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Old 12-04-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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I have an Asus Terminator 1 C3 with a TrendnetTEW-423PI PCI wifi card. I have been trying to get wifi to work with Puppy 2.16. Two questions:

1. Has a Linux driver been devised for the TEW-423PI card?

2. Where can I find a list of compatible wifi cards to take with me when I go shopping for a new card? (I have searched, I know its out there, but I haven't been able to locate it.)


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Old 12-04-2007, 06:40 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by wg5o View Post
I have an Asus Terminator 1 C3 with a TrendnetTEW-423PI PCI wifi card. I have been trying to get wifi to work with Puppy 2.16.
Save some time and try ndiswrapper. It will let you use the Windows driver on Linux and often results in a more stable setup than the flakey native Linux drivers which are usually still in the experimental state.
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Just about all wireless cards pcmcia, pci and usb work. About all will work with ndiswrapper but some of them may have other modules that will work. Post output of the nic from the command ' /sbin/lspci -v '.

If you goto the stores and find some nics then you can see if someone posted info about them here in the HCL section on this site.

Or with the list of brand, model, and revision number use google to search about them.

Nic models come and go so fast these days. Something sold 3 months ago my not even be there today or if same model number and has a different revision number may have a different chipset. Seen a few nics same model with 3 different chipsets. Even seen one model same revision have 2 different chipsets.


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I do not recommend a PCI wireless NIC because it creates problems to the computer. One of the problems is more radio interference. The other is hardware conflicts.

I suggest use a wired to wireless bridge (aka Access Point). The bridge is easy to setup and the encryption is done by the bridge.

I suggest do not use Puppy. Use a different distribution. Gentoo or Slackware can be used. Though just about any distribution can be used.
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Thanks to all. I should be in a lot better shape now. First, I'll re-try ndiswrapper again, then, I'll find out what a wireless bridge is, and finally, if necessary, I'll go shopping.

Andy, San Antonio, TX


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