Re: wireless network card
At 1153696655 past the epoch, Faheem Mitha wrote:
> I've been trying to find locally a wireless network card
> that works with Linux to install on my host's laptop. The
> cards available at the local retail outlets seem to only
> work with proprietary drivers, and I don't want to use
> proprietary drivers for such a basic thing.
I have used two wireless cards in my laptop.
1. A Linksys WPC11 PC-card, supporting 10Mb/s (802.11b).
This turned out to be a 'v.4' although there was no
indication of this on the packaging or in the description
provided by the online vendor.
The 'v.4' means it has a rtl8180 chipset and can be used
with the fully GPL driver available from
I can't remember what chipset the pre-v4 cards had, but I
believe it was one which was supported by an open source
driver too (possibly the prism or prism2).
2. An intel pro-wireless 802.11g mini-pci card. This has a
GPL driver <http://ipw2200.sf.net/> which is included in
the current mainline kernels (I can't remember when it
was actually added). There's a debian package for this
Note that this driver is open source *BUT* you need
non-free binary firmware to actually use the card.
> The important thing is that I should be able to pick it up
I think both of these are relatively common cards but I have
no idea what kind of hardware stores you have around there.