[clug] PCI wireless cards

Mark Triggs mst at dishevelled.net
Mon Nov 24 15:45:44 EST 2003

Nathan Robertson <nathanr at nathanr.net> writes:

> 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 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.

I've just recently got a Netgear MA311, and I've had quite good luck
with it. My laptop is running a Linksys WPC11 and I've got them
networked quite happily. I'm running kernel 2.6.0-test8 and using the
orinoco drivers that it ships with. There's a touch more information on
the steps I took at http://dishevelled.net/wireless.html if you're

I also had problems with the "I'm not working" messages you described,
but upgrading each of the boxes to kernel 2.6 seemed to completely fix
the problem.

Good luck!


Mark Triggs
<mst at dishevelled.net>

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