Re: tenative ITP linux-wlan-ng; soliciting advice
On Monday 19 August 2002 05:33 pm, Michael Alan Dorman wrote:
> Ian Eure <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > On Monday 19 August 2002 02:39 pm, Michael Alan Dorman wrote:
> > > email@example.com (Paul Hedderly) writes:
> > > > No. the hostap dirver is excellent. Written by Jean Tour...
> > > > something. He works for SSH Corp. google for "linux prism2 driver".
> > > > It does pcmcia and pci brilliantly but doesnt support usb yet. works
> > > > with prism2/2.5/3 cards - and most orinoco cards too. supports
> > > > kysmet.
> > >
> > > Nope, you're confusing authors with the in-kernel orinoco driver,
> > > which Jean Tourrilhes (who works for HP) has maintained at various
> > > points, though the current "real" maintainer is David Gibson, IIRC.
> > >
> > > Apparently the 2.4.19 orinoco includes prism2/PCI (aka prism2.5, I
> > > believe) support. Don't know about the prism3---is that 802.11a?
> > Prism2 and Prism2.5 are not the same thing.
> My understanding, perhaps flawed, is that Prism2.5 is basically a
> Prism2 with a direct PCI interface---no pcmcia baggage, etc. The
> Linksys WPM11, for instance.
My only experience with Prism2.5 is with a newer Linksys WPC11 PCMCIA card,
which didn't work with my stock 2.4.x non-kernel pcmcia setup.
> Regardless, the orinoco driver in the 2.4.19 kernel supports them.
> From Configure.help:
> Prism 2.5 PCI 802.11b adaptor support
> Enable support for PCI and mini-PCI 802.11b wireless NICs based on
> the Prism 2.5 chipset. These are true PCI cards, not the 802.11b
> PCMCIA cards bundled with PCI<->PCMCIA adaptors which are also
> common. Some of the built-in wireless adaptors in laptops are of
> this variety.
Doesn't this require kernel PCMCIA support?
> > I haven't used the driver in the kernel, but the Orinoco driver
> > shipped with pcmcia-source (pcmcia-cs 3.1.33) only supports Prism2
> > cards.
> > I strongly recommend anyone with a Prism chipset use linux-wlan-ng,
> > since pcmcia-cs's Orinoco driver sucks pretty hard.
> To each their own---I have used the orinoco driver that comes with the
> kernel from day one with no particular problems---and it supports the
> standard (at least in-kernel-standard) interfaces for configuration,
> etc., whereas wlan-ng does its own thing.
Well, I've used the default Orinoco driver in pcmcia-cs, but the linux-wlan-ng
driver just performs better for me. Also, the pcmcia-cs driver constantly
complains about "Error -110 writing BAP" for me.
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