[clug] PCI WiFi cards

David Cottrill cottrill.david at gmail.com
Mon Jun 21 15:08:34 MDT 2010

For better or worse I've always had Ralink based cards and these days  
they also Just Work, though there can be issues if you want something  
more than just a wpa client.

On 21/06/2010, at 3:45 PM, Francis Whittle <fj.whittle at gmail.com> wrote:

> $ lspci -vs 3:6
> 03:06.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. Atheros  
> AR5001X
> + Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
>    Subsystem: D-Link System Inc D-Link AirPlus DWL-G520 Wireless PCI
> Adapter(rev.B)
>    Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 20
>    Memory at fdce0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
>    Capabilities: <access denied>
>    Kernel driver in use: ath5k
> I've been using these cards for a couple of years now, both as managed
> clients and access points (although that was back when you had to use
> madwifi).
> On recent releases of Ubuntu this card is "Plug it in and go," as  
> ath5k
> is generally compiled and distributed with the kernel.  No proprietary
> firmware, no external tools, it just works.  Not sure about the most
> recent stable release of Debian, but it works perfectly on sid, and  
> who
> uses anything older than Debian "unstable" (also known as Debian
> still-stabler-than-Ubuntu-ever-is) anyway?
> The one corollary is that on a tower box you really want to replace  
> the
> mini aerial supplied with a cabled one to get any decent reception (or
> have your box oriented so the back of it is facing towards the access
> point).  To this end I have a DWL-M60AT patch antenna hooked up to  
> mine.
> Unfortunately these don't seem to be available at the easy retailers  
> any
> more.  The DWA-510 that's available from Dick Smith and Harris Tech
> right now uses an ralink rt61 chipset, for which I don't believe  
> there's
> direct kernel support (there -is- some downloadable driver, but I've
> pretty much always had atheros chips).
> All that aside, it's probably much easier to go the USB route.
> Cheers,
> Francis
> On Sun, 2010-06-20 at 19:13 +1000, Grant Baldwin wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm after a PCI card to do 802.11g (or n if possible) that will work
>> reliably under current stable releases of Debian and Ubuntu.
>> In the past, this has been a serious headache and a significant  
>> point of
>> effort; not infrequently requiring interrogating PCI busses,  
>> recompiling
>> long tool chains and screwing around with windows drivers. The only  
>> good
>> experience with wireless and Linux I've had to date have been with  
>> Intel
>> Centrino chipsets.
>> Is there a decent, reliable, supported family of PCI wireless cards  
>> out
>> there?
>> Thanks,
>> Grant Baldwin
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