Re: wireless card for a laptop
M. Maas wrote:
I've recently bought a new netgear WG511. But all the newer ones are
being sold as WG511 but actually are WG511v2 as in version two of
This version contains a broadcom chipset and will not work with
Linux. Except perhaps with ndiswrapper...
So far, my favorite has been the Proxim Orinoco Gold b/g (8470-FC),
which uses an Atheros chipset (and the madwifi drivers on Linux). It
Just Works <tm>. I now have two of them, one permanently attached to
a homebrew cantenna , and the other running solo.
The Proxim b/g card uses the same MC antenna connector as the classic
Lucent/Agere Orinoco cards, if you want/need to use an external antenna.
"Bus error (passengers dumped)"
 <rant>It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some vendors are about
their model numbers - why the f___ can't they at least use a different
model number when they decide to use a new chipset du jour? (And no,
adding a version number doesn't count!)</rant> So far, at least Proxim
has been consistent with the Orinoco b/g card's chipset... but it's
anybody's guess how long that will last.
 The MC male connector is delicate - it won't stand up to many
connect/disconnect cycles, so it's best to leave the pigtail permanently
attached to the card. I learned this after destroying a pigtail through
too many such cycles. :o(