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Which Wireless PCI Card

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by deadfolk, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. deadfolk

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jan 2005

    Posts: 237

    Location: Ireland

    Hi all,

    Does anyone here have any experience getting any wireless PCI cards sold on OCUK to work on Linux?

    I currently have a WMP54G, and have tried fwcutter and ndiswrapper, with no luck whatsoever, so I've just decided to get a more Linux-friendly card. Problem is, it all depends on the chipset, and no vendor ever lists the chipsets, presumably because they keep changing.

    With all that in mind, can someone recommend a PCI card from OCUK that will work (preferably out of the box) on Linux? Specifically, I am using Ubuntu Dapper Drake (6.06).

    Cheers,

    DF

    (p.s. Sorry for x-post. Someone on the n/w forum suggested I post here - hadn't noticed there was a Linux forum)
     
  2. Ozymandias

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  3. deadfolk

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jan 2005

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    Location: Ireland

    Yeah - mine's one of the Broadcom ones. If the ones currently on the shelves are rt2500, I'll try one of those. It's only £15, so I'll throw caution to the wind and give it a shot!

    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. Ollie's Gadgets

    Hitman

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    Location: Surrey

    Where do you guys get this card from. I can never find anyone who sells a pci wireless card with the rt2500 chipset. I need one for my geexbox :(
     
  5. Deathwish

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    Have a look for the Edimax EW-7128G, its based on the Ralink (RT2560) and works with ndiswrapper in Linux. :)
     
  6. Rich43

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Nov 2005

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    Location: Leicester

    I eventually decided on a TP-LINK one.. they arnt a very well known company but their wireless cards are based on the Atheros chipset which is very open source and well suppported in linux.

    Im waiting for it to come in the post.. might be here in the morning :)

    http://www.tp-link.com

    By the way.. you can grab one on Ebay
     
  7. marc_howarth

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Jul 2005

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    Location: Matlock

    IIRC linksys WPC11 works using linux
     
  8. FirebarUK

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Dec 2004

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    Location: Dorset

    A company called CNet do Ralink based cards. I paid £19 for both of my RT2500 ones :)
     
  9. Hate

    Soldato

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    Location: Sussex

    I know its cheating, but i use a bridge :)
     
  10. FirebarUK

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    Just out of interest, which make/model do you use and how do you find it?
     
  11. Hate

    Soldato

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    Location: Sussex

    my bridge?

    its a US Robotics jobbie off ebay.
     
  12. Ollie's Gadgets

    Hitman

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    Location: Surrey

    Did you go for one of these http://www.tp-link.com/product/show.asp?ProductNO=302

    How do you know iti s the atheros chipset as it doesn't say that anywhere. I and a bit paranoid as I bought a wireless nic before for my geexbox only to find it was the very latest rt chipset and was not supported. Don't want to go through that again.

    Which distro are you planning to use this on?

    Edit: Just checked and the Atheros chipset is not supported by geexbox :( When will I find one that works with it (geexbox.org)
     
    Last edited: 13 Jul 2006