[clug] PCI wireless cards

Nathan Robertson nathanr at nathanr.net
Mon Nov 24 15:27:52 EST 2003


On 24/11/2003, at 3:12 PM, Martin Schwenke wrote:

> Is anyone using a (currently available) 802.11b PCI (not PCMCIA) card
> with Linux?  What card?  What driver do you use?

Netgear MA311. I haven't been able to get it stable for more than a day 
at a time under Linux without a driver rmmod && insmod. Interestingly 
enough, I just tried the FreeBSD drivers, and they're about as 
reliable. Works fine with windows though. FYI, it's a Prism2.5, just 
like most other 802.11b PCI, non PCMCIA cards.

> * I'm particularly interested in cards that work with a driver that
>   ships with a standard (2.6) kernel.

Has drivers in the 2.4 kernel, and from my experience they are the best 
working ones. I've played with it for a while (had it for a few months 
now). Interestingly enough, the driver that shipped with RedHat 9 works 
until you do more than ssh / telnet over it. As soon as you FTP a file, 
it fills the console with "I'm not working" messages.

There are also another set of drivers out there (forget the URL, sorry) 
which don't work as well as the drivers that are in the 2.4 kernel.

I never tried using that card in my 2.6 box - maybe I should...

> I'm just looking to by a PCI wireless card and don't want to waste too
> much time.  I just want it to work...  :-)

Me too. I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else has had more 
success with Prism2.5, and particularly the Netgear one I've got.


Nathan Robertson
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