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Re: Acer WLAN

On Sun, Jan 09, 2005 at 10:33:32PM +0100, Yevgen Reznichenko wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to run my Acer WLAN 802.11 PCMCIA Card under Debian (sid, 
> 2.6.9). According to linux-wlan.org it has a Prism2/2.5/3 chipset. But I 
> can't find the appropriate module which I should load to enable this 
> card. Could you please refer me to the right module name?
> Furthermore, windows says that this card has Realtek 8180L chipset? Is 
> it in conflict to "Prism2/2.5/3". Is it possible to get running Realtek 
> binaries under 2.6?
> Any help is welcome!
> Yevgen
Hi Yevgen,

I just bought an Acer USB card (and for only 15 Euros no less) which
uses Prism2/2.5/3. From my installation experience, I think you should 

apt-get install linux-wlan-ng linux-wlan-ng-doc 

Furthermore you need the correct linux-wlan-ng-modules package, in my
case 'linux-wlan-ng-modules-2.6.7-1-686-smp', which I compiled myself. 
The creation of this package is described in 


but you also might find a package already compiled for your kernel.

As a result you will have installed several modules


of which you will need prism2_cs. Once this is loaded, you can use
wlanctl-ng to control the card.

Now if your card _doesn't_ use the Prism2/2.5/3 chipset, don't listen to

Good luck,


P.S.: With a little parabolic aluminium sheet-metal and the USB at the center,
      I get a signal from 2.5km away. I'm truly impressed.

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