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Old 08-29-2004, 06:24 PM   #1
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802.11g PCI card that works well with debian?

I'm ready to go wireless and I've been reading various articles, but it seems that no 802.11g PCI card that "just works" with linux. They all seem to have beta linux drivers, and I find lots of articles saying things like "you have the 035423.2 revision of the Foo card. You need 035423.1". I'm running Debian unstable, with a 2.6.7 kernel, and I would like to lose as little hair as possible setting this thing up. Can anyone recommend a (relatively) trouble-free card? Or better yet, one that officially supports linux? I'd like to give my money to the good guys, if there are any.

Also, I can't find any definitive information about how well wireless works through walls. One article said that two nodes have to be withing line of sight for the connection to work. Would wifi work from the top floor of a house to the basement?
Old 08-29-2004, 09:33 PM   #2
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I'm not going to recommend a card (have a look through the HCL for suggestions) but I will answer the second part. 802.11 compatible gear can indeed work through floors and walls. This is being posted from my family room and my router is in my basement. That is a wall and a floor with no problems. However, I did buy some higher-gain antennas for my router to boost the signal strength. Most routers tend to have a longer horizontal range than they do vertical.
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Thanks for your help. Nobody answered my other question, and googling turns up a lot of contradictory and unencouraging information..
Old 08-30-2004, 01:42 AM   #4
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Unfortunately as it stands today it is a wild world of wireless outhere manufacturers have been known to ship cards with
completely different chipsets under the same name I'm using a "Lynksys wpc11 Version 4 " but I understand other revisions
have a different chipset I got this card to work on Mandrake 10.0, Slackware 10.0, Xandros ??, and Linspire Laptop edition.
good hunting.


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