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Old 05-18-2003, 04:31 PM   #1
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Angry A good PCI wireless card that works?


I am a linux newB. . of all whole whopping 2 days. I originally had a d-link dwl-ab520 installed. Then after much research finally found out that this card just wont work under linux. So i returned that one and bought the linksys WMP11 PCI card. I have found links to linux-wlan.org that supposedly will get a prism2 card to work but for a 2 day old linux newB that stuff makes absolutely no sense at all. I also came across this link http://prism2.unixguru.raleigh.nc.us/ which is just as confusing if not more so =/

Will someone please please please let me know of a good wireless PCI card that is simple to get working under linux because i am so sick of useing winblows it's not even funny. Or if anyone knows of a simple way to get the linksys wmp11 to work it would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-19-2003, 06:14 PM   #2
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Hi Evan,

If your linksys WMP11 is v 2.7 then you are also out of luck - it uses a broadcom chip which doesn't have linux drivers - if it is prior to 2.7 then it is possible to get it working - but since 2.7 has been on the market for almost a year - I susect you are out of luck.

I did the same thing (bought the wmp11 v2.7) - and eventually bought the Netgear ma311 pci card which I have almost got working (had working with other drivers and am now tring to get it working with diffferent drivers).

Cheers,

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Old 05-20-2003, 01:17 PM   #3
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hmm

hi duane

yes i bet this is the 2.7... i should pull it out and have a look to be sure.. i had originally bought this card because supposedly linksys cards worked well with linux and were easy to configure now i find that to not be the case.. guess it's time to go back to the store and get my money back.. too bad as the signal with tis linksys was even better than the d-linkab520 (which is suppose dto go up to 54mps) yah right!!

evan

 
Old 05-20-2003, 01:36 PM   #4
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Is there anything in the works for broadcomm chip support?

I was shopping around and those linksys cards are very discounted around here.
 
Old 05-20-2003, 02:02 PM   #5
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i would definately not recomend anyone buy the linksys wmp11 pci card for wan on linux. as all the models in the store as of now are running on an unsupported chip ( v2.7 ). I'm not sure about the boradcomm chip.. i am researching right now to whom supports what and what i can get get up and running with relative ease (scratching my head)..
 
Old 05-20-2003, 02:37 PM   #6
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i think i'm going to go with an smc2602w, as they are the only card manufacturers i can seem to find that people are running in linux.. and are a widely distributed vendor.
 
Old 05-20-2003, 03:33 PM   #7
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I did a lot of searching for broadcom drivers for linux (even emailed company and the losers didn't even reply). I did find on sourceforge a project set up to develop broadcom drivers - but nothing had was available yet and it could be months or years (if ever).

I have JUST got the Netgear MA311 (PCI) card running with Host AP drivers on Red Hat 9.0 - with some help on another LinuxQuestions.org forum - so I know that works for sure (and am about to write up how I did it so it is all in one place)

Good luck getting things running...

Duane
 
Old 05-21-2003, 12:13 AM   #8
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ok now i went out and bought the SMC2602W which i had read on another post will work in linux. Then I do another search and find out there are 2 versions and the one i got (with the pcmcia card mounted on it) is not supported. Uhhg.. BUT the cd comes with linux source code??? I looks like an older build on the wlan project. Hmm maybe i can get it to work. I'll repost once i figure it out.
 
Old 05-22-2003, 05:17 PM   #9
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problems all solved.. and all i had to do was install mandrake 9.1 =) they have a wizzard at installation that detects which card you have and installs the appropriate drivers. simple!
 
Old 05-22-2003, 08:25 PM   #10
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Okay, my turn. I recently installed the Linksys WMP54G PCI Card and it obviously works fine and dandy with WinXP, but I'm having great troubles using it with Redhat 9. Do I have any luck in getting it working? I'm pretty much a linux newbie, I guess. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Nick

P.S. I should add that Redhat doesn't recognize the card at all. What drivers do I need?
 
Old 05-22-2003, 09:09 PM   #11
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Check out http://www.seattlewireless.net/?HardwareComparison

Pay special attention to version or revision numbers on a card before you buy it. For example, several companies like DLink, SMC, and Belkin may have Prism2 cards on the v.1 cards and on v.2 switched to a different chipset like ADMTek or Atmel (both of which are supported BTW).

This happened to me with a Belkin F5D6001 v.2 PCI card (that I got really cheap as a refurb from Belkin). I thought I was buying a Prism2 card. With a lot searching one night I was able to determine the driver (ADM8211) and it works really well. Setup was as easy as configuring a NIC: load driver, edit /etc/network/interfaces (Debian), restart networking, done. Good luck.

Last edited by selektor; 05-22-2003 at 09:14 PM.
 
Old 05-22-2003, 10:01 PM   #12
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BTW.. anyone that does have the ADMTek chip can d/l the driver here

http://www.admtek.com.tw/index/index/download.htm

Guest, newbie.. i'd say d/l Mandrake 9.1 and install it i bet you wont need to do anything to get that card working except boot up! Mandrake is basically redhat with some extra tools. PLus a lot more newbie friendly. Since it is such a new release it seems everything is up to date.

Also check this link for prism2 based cards

http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/


good luck!
 
Old 06-25-2003, 12:03 AM   #13
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I have a netgear ma311 and can't get to work.
Tried dl'ing the prism2 rpms from http://prism2.unixguru.raleigh.nc.us/ , the rpms installed but kept getting error on reboot of can't find prism 2 eth0.
It probably didn't help the fact that the site doesn't actually have the module rpm for my specific kernel (2.4.20-6, the nearest I could find was 2.4.20-8).
I am running redhat rel 9-3

Anyone have any ideas, I am a newbie to redhat so give as much detail with any instructions as possible.
 
  


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