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Re: Debian and wireless network cards

On Sat, Jul 23, 2005 at 09:07:50AM -0400, Thomas H. George wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 21, 2005 at 08:06:17PM -0400, Leonid Grinberg wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I was asked by a friend to install Debian on his system. He asked me
> > about which wireless network cards Debian supports. Can anybody tell
> > me which ones (I personally don't use a wireless network so I wouldn't
> > know).
> I posted this question last week when I lost the antenna to my Netgear
> MA211 wireless lan card and was advised the best uptodate info was at
> 	http://Linux-Wireless.org
> That didn't help much.  I then went to 
> 	www.linux-wlan.org/docs/wlan-adapters.html.gz
> because I use the linux-wlan-ng=0.2.1-pre26 driver with my Netgear MA311
> card.  From the table I ordered a 3com 3crdw696 PCI wireless lan card
> for my second computer.  I have not yet received the card and will
> confirm that it works with the linux-wlan-ng driver when it comes.  This
> is old technology - 802.11b - but with a DSL connection downloads run at
> 70 to 90 kBps.  New 3com cards were being sold at $ 29.

The 3com card does work with the linux-wlan-ng driver but the range is
terrible.  In the same location where the Netgear MA311 card is
connecting with a weak but acceptable signal the 3com card drops 25% of
the packets when pinging the base station.
> Others may have better advice - it was frustrating trying to find the
> latest and best information.
> Tom George
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Leonid Grinberg
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