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Slow Orinoco Wifi on Sarge

Nothing like following up to your own post...

I went back and did try the laptop with windows -- STILL
SLOW.  I swapped in an earlier version of 
the access point (Netgear MR814).  IT WORKS.  Upload
and download speeds at 5-6 Mb/sec, possibly limited
by WEP on access point?? Slow CPU?? I don't care. It is
fast enough.  Remote X works fine.

Root cause was definitely in the Netgear 814v2 
access point.  There are reports of flakey behaviour 
with this AP on the internet, and I recently updated 
the firmware, and did follow netgear's recipe to the 
letter (did not erase previous settings).  If I had
time I would investigate, but not this week.

Thanks for the forum.

-- Robert Neff

> I've freshly installed Debian Sarge (now stable) on
> a Dell Lattitude CPiR (P-II-400). with a Dell Truemobile
> 1150 802.11b PCMCIA wifi card.  This is a rebadged Orinoco Card.
> The base station is a Netgear MR814V2 with updated firmware.
> I apt-get'ed up to the 2.6 kernel.
> I get really slow performance with the wifi network.  
> Downloading off the web is ~ 150 kbits/sec, and network
> behaviour is so slow that running remote X applications 
> from other machines on my home network is really painful,
> with glacial updates.
> iwconfig indicates normal behaviour.  Curiously, I have been
> unable to change the channel on my card.
> Then I can hot-swap to a wired Linksys 10/100Mb card, and 
> everything is normal.  Speed is what would be expected, and
> remote X is no problem.
> I've tried turning off WEP, but observe no difference.  
> This is with a static network assignment. 
> I had some earlier problems with nameservers when I was
> hotplugging, I think the resolvconf package cleared that
> up.  I have no problems with making connections, but 
> making connections quickly and download data rate
> are poor.
> In a previous incarnation, this wifi card worked fine on 
> this laptop with Mandrake Linux (9.1).  I assume if I 
> dual boot over to windows 98 it will be fine as well.
> I'd be interested in hearing of others' experiences on this 
> kernel with orinoco cards, or suggestions for other easily 
> available models that are well supported.
> It looks like hotplug loads orinoco, orinoco_cs, and hermes
> modules when the card is plugged in.
> At somepoint I downloaded kismet, but I never set it up.  
> Could that be implicated somehow?
> Thanks
> -- Robert Neff
> robert at neffs dot net
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Robert Neff
Data Converters, Measurement & Sensors Dept, Agilent Labs
robert_neff@agilent.com (650)485-6220 

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