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bogdon6 07-06-2007 09:34 PM

Enabling PCMCIA Wireless Card
I have a Dell Latitude D600. Instead of using the built in wireless card, I want to use a PCMCIA card (Netgear WG511). Slackware recognizes the internal card, but I don't know how to activate the PCMCIA card. How to I detect the card?


2Gnu 07-06-2007 09:51 PM

Does the PCMCIA card have a feature or function the internal card doesn't? With ndiswrapper, that Broadcom card will work great.

As for the Netgear, there are several versions so I don't know which chipset your has. What driver are you trying? What version is the card and do you know the chipset?

bogdon6 07-07-2007 09:48 PM

To my knowledge the Broadcom card doesn't no support WPA encryption, but the Netgear Card does. The Netgear card is a WG511 v2 and I know for sure it supports WPA.


2Gnu 07-07-2007 11:01 PM

You've been lied to. ;)

I'm using WPA with the Broadcom card right now on a Dell D800 and also on a D400. NDiswrapper and the Windows driver.

The internal card uses an antenna that surrounds the LCD, built into the case. Because of this, I've found the range on internal cards to be better (on average) than external ones.

Searching for the WG511 v2 gives mixed results - some say it's a Prism54 chipset, others say Marvell and some say it depends on the place of manufacture. lspci -v should tell you for sure, as it's a Cardbus card. They sit on the PCI bus.

If it's Prism54, you can get a Linux driver. If Marvell, you'll be stuck using ndiswrapper.

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