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Re: dumb question - not sure where to begin configuring a wifi card

On Thu, Dec 23, 2004 at 02:50:57PM -0800, Rodney D. Myers wrote:
> I'm using Debian sarge, on an IBM Thinkpad 770x.
> I'm trying to get my pcmcia wifi card (Netgear wg511) working. It
> works under windos 98SE, needed for radio programming, but not sure
> where to start looking for coinfiguration.
> Debian knows it's a Netgear card, and loads the prism54 module, but
> not sure what I need to start trying to get this card configured.
> I'm not a newbie running Linux, nor debian. Buit I have no idea where
> to start with wifi.

Before doing anything, check if you have a version2 or a version3 of the card.
It sure bit me after I tried to get the best supported card for linux.

They can be distinguished because the version2 says "Made in Taiwan"
and version3 says "Made in China" on the back.

Version3 isn't supported with prism54, check out the forums on www.prism54.org for
more information on that.

Version 3 can be made to run using ndiswrapper, but unfortunately will taint your kernel. 

once it is running iwconfig is the program to use to setup your card.


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