AW: AW: network installation - wlan/plip
I have a netgear WG511 (11 and 54 Mb/s, 802.11b,g) bought from a german electronic market discounter (cheap), because my Zyxel DSL WLAN-Router supports this.
You need a driver available as a patch for several kernel sources. I was sucessfull with 2.4.25 and 2.6.4 (I am using slackware by now but want to try out debian soon)
Here you can find the driver and a list with supported cards of the prism54 driver.
http://www.prism54.org/ -> supported cards
Another page from Jean Tourrilhes contains a WLAN howto and a lot of links, e.g.
next you may find this self explaining link useful ;-)
Here is a example vendor where you sometimes can see which chipset is in the particular products.
The ALL0192L from Allnet per example should work without problems (prism 3 chipset, works with prism2 module I beleave)
You will find more google-ing around...
Best is to take you notebook with you when bying the card or ask if you can bring it back if it is not working.
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>Von: Karsten Römke [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Gesendet: Mittwoch, 16. Juni 2004 09:03
>An: Hofmann Erik (CPC SEC ITS); email@example.com
>Betreff: Re: AW: network installation - wlan/plip
>The belkin card is broken, so it does not work :-)
>I like to follow your hint and buy a card, but I don't know
>which one. I haven an old laptop omnibook 5700 166/Mhz 32MB Ram
>and I would like to install debian 3.0 - the distribution isn't to
>big and I can install the base system via ppp.
>I don't like to upgrade, I want use the system as "wireless xterm".
>So - can you give me a hint, which card would work?
>> I have very bad experiences with WLAN cards on old notebooks.
>> I also tried a belkin WLAN pcmcia card (another one, don't
>know the name exactly) and had to learn that different
>chipsets are used, depending on the revision of the card.
>> Are you shure your cards chipset is supported?
>> What does lspci say?
>> Another horrible thing was that I could not get a Cisco
>Aironet 350 card running on that old labtop (Compaq Armada
>7???). The card was running under Knoppix an a new notebook
>without problems but was not recognised on my old labtop.
>Somewhere I read about timing errors at the pci - pcmcia
>bridge or its controller that may lead to such a strange behavior.
>> Finally I dumped all that bullshit, looked at
>www.prism54.org or Jean Tourrilhes WLAN page to find out which
>card is experienced to work well and bought a new one (which
>is hard because cards seem to vanished from the marketplace
>faster then drivers for them become available ;).
>> The new netgear wg511 (prism54 driver) worked with 2.4.25 in
>70% of all cases depending on the presence of 3com LAN pcmcia
>card in the other slot.
>> An upgrade to 2.6.4 finally helped to get it running more stable.
>> So I strongly recommend not to waste too much time to get a
>suspect card running. Take one which is working immediately
>and dump the other ones.
>> PS: Same experience with WLAN PCI cards....
>>>Von: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Im
>>>Auftrag von Karsten Römke
>>>Gesendet: Samstag, 12. Juni 2004 13:47
>>>Betreff: network installation - wlan/plip
>>>I'm starting with debian, better starting again :-) I have an old
>>>laptop omnibook 5700 with 166MHz/32MB/2.1GB. I want install
>>>Laptop has no cdrom. I have a wireless lan card belkin F5D6020g
>>>and as alternative a cable for the parallel port.
>>>1.) wlan does not work, belkin card is just flashing, and
>>> says that the network isn't configured (I tried to configure with
>>> static IP and set the essind and frequency in
>>>2.) plip does not work, if I try to modprobe the module it
>>> is busy
>>> - I tried it from the slink (debian2.1) rescue disc -> it works!?
>>>Has anybody tried one of these methods?
>>>Any hints would be very nice, thanks
>>>email k.roemke-at gmx.de
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