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Re: 802.11{b|g} pcmcia network adapter suggestions

Hi all

Mark Ferry wrote:
John Harrold wrote:

I was wondering if anyone here could suggest an 802.11 b or g pcmcia device
which works well with debian on the powerpc. I suppose I could get a usb
device, but I don't really want the thing hanging off the computer.

I've just ordered the D-Link DWL-AG650 (802.11a/b/g) which is reported to have the Atheros AR5212 chip.

It'll arrive on Friday so will let you know if it works on my G4 alubook.

In a private message, Tamas K Papp wrote:
> I saw your message on the list, but did not find the follow-up.  I am
> planning to buy the same card, did it work for you?  If so, was it a
> lot of hassle?
Yes. D-Link DWL-AG650 (v.B2) works!

I tried again last night with the current CVS of
madwifi and even though the HAL version number hadn't changed (
my B2 card now works :)

I can now highly recommend the D-Link DWL-AG650 as a safe, cheap, a/b/g cardbus card.

It recognizes APs in range and associates fine but I haven't done
any link tests with the card yet.


Various useful bits:

----  /sbin/lspci -vv  ----
0001:11:00.0 Ethernet controller: Unknown device 168c:0013 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: D-Link System Inc: Unknown device 3a07
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop-
ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium
>TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 168 (2500ns min, 7000ns max), cache line size 08
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 53
        Region 0: Memory at f3000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
        Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
                Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=375mA
                Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=2 PME-

----  /usr/sbin/iwconfig ath0  ----
ath0      IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"WANO"  Nickname:"WANO"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point:
          Bit Rate:11 Mb/s   Tx-Power:50 dBm   Sensitivity=0/3
          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=10761 B
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=23/94  Signal level=-72 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:1484  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
----  /usr/sbin/iwlist ath0  ----
ath0      Peers/Access-Points in range:
    00:E0:03:04:D1:9C : Quality=8/94  Signal level=-87 dBm  Noise
level=-95 dBm
    00:E0:03:05:30:9B : Quality=7/94  Signal level=-88 dBm  Noise
level=-95 dBm
    00:E0:03:05:39:39 : Quality=32/94  Signal level=-63 dBm  Noise
level=-95 dBm

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