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Old 10-18-2005, 12:25 PM   #1
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Question Wireless Adapters


I've recently installed Slackware 10.2 with linux kernel version and am so far having a great time. However I think it's time for me to get some internet hooked up. It's pretty much impossible to get a wired connection without ripping up my carpets so naturally I'm hoping to go wifi. I was wondering if there is a list somewhere of all the PCI wireless adapters that would be compatible with my setup. Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I wasn't sure if I should put it here or in wireless networking.
Old 10-18-2005, 01:12 PM   #2
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Check out the Linux HCL in the upper-right

Hermes/Ornico chipsets rock. prism54 chipsets will work. Everything else is garbage.
Old 10-18-2005, 01:26 PM   #3
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Can't agree with last comment -
I inserted a Philips PCMCIA card with an Atheros chipset, compiled the Madwifi driver and was up & running after a moment. Then i wrote down how to make it work.
Old 10-18-2005, 01:50 PM   #4
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I aggree that the atheros chipset is very cool, but very hard to make work sometimes...
Old 10-18-2005, 02:03 PM   #5
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I second the vote for the atheros chipset with the madwifi drivers.

To make it easier to work, I highly recommend visiting

The slackbuild directory contains drivers and packages for madwifi and wpa_supplicant, and the rc.scripts directory the latest and greates scripts to get it all automated.

It's all very well written, well documented, and works like a charm.

Old 10-18-2005, 03:45 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I'm ready to go ahead and buy a card.
Old 10-18-2005, 03:47 PM   #7
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Nice link. Wish I'd seen that before.

BTW, I've used both flavors of the Netgear WG311 cards, the one with the atheros chipset and the other with the TI chipset. Not advocating, it's just what I know.

I use either with ndiswrapper because I had the source code already. The TI chipset indicates a stronger signal strength than the atheros card, but the atheros works fine. I imagine it is even easier to use with the madwifi drivers.

Thx again, Yalla.
Old 10-18-2005, 06:11 PM   #8
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Dell 1150 (with a hermes chipset). Stock install of Slack 10.1. I stuck it in, dhcpcd eth1, and I was in.


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