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Re: WiFi 802.11g Which One?



Roger Creasy wrote:

I have struggled for 2 months to get ndiswrapper to work on my box. I am throwing up the white flag. Can anyone suggest an 802.11g card that has a linux driver?

Alternately, I have a dLink DWL-G510. Does anyone know of a driver?
dlink has a web page listing where to get drivers. I think that one's got an Atheros chipset, uses the madwifi drivers - see sf.net.

I've just bought a Netcomm NB5420. According to some hopeless Netcomm tech it's got a TI chipset (avoid). In fact, it's an ISL3890 (good). Drivers standard in 2.6.5 & later. See prism54.org for latest driver.

I made my own mind up about the NIC by downloading the drivers from the netcomm.com.au website and inspecting the contents. I identified the ISL firmware file so was fairly happy to buy one.

I've not finished setting it up, but atm it's in my FC 2.90 test machine where I've had it exchanging traffic in ad-hoc mode with a Powerbook.


THis is the card:
[root@Kinkajou root]# lspci -s 00:0b.0 -vv
00:0b.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Intersil ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette] (rev 01) Subsystem: Tekram Technology Co.,Ltd. ALLNET ALL0271 Wireless PCI Adapter 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: 64 (2500ns min, 7000ns max), Cache Line Size 08
       Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 10
       Region 0: Memory at efdfe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
       Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 1
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0+,D1+,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold+)
               Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-

[root@Kinkajou root]# lspci -s 00:0b.0 -nvv
00:0b.0 Class 0280: 1260:3890 (rev 01)
       Subsystem: 16a5:1605
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: 64 (2500ns min, 7000ns max), Cache Line Size 08
       Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 10
       Region 0: Memory at efdfe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
       Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 1
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0+,D1+,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold+)
               Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-

[root@Kinkajou root]#

Note this driver creates an eth device.



Do _not_ get an SMC2802W V2 card, it uses a chipset that is currently not supported.

It seems to me that atm this is the pick of the drivers: ISL has provided help to the project, in contrast to TI and Broadcom.


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Cheers
John

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