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Re: wireless - is it possible?

On Sat, 2007-04-28 at 23:24 +0200, Andreas Janssen wrote:
> Default User (<xyzzyx@sbcglobal.net>) wrote:
> > Easy question: has anyone been able to get any currently available
> > wifi USB or PCMCIA adapter to work with a 2004 Toshiba Satellite
> > M35X-S109 laptop (no built-in wifi), using Debian Etch?
> > 
> > Very hard question: if so, how were you able to do it?
> > 
> > I have tried a Netgear MA111 (v1?) USB adapter. I have only been able
> > to get it to work "out of the box" with OpenBSD (any recent
> > distribution), and Freespire 1.0.13 (before the switch to an Ubuntu
> > base).
> > 
> > I have also tried a Netgear WG111 (v2) adapter.  To date, it won't
> > work "out of the box" with any of many non-M$ OSes tried.
> I think one of them uses a ralink chipset, which means that there is a
> driver available, however you need to compile and install it yourself
> (e.g. using module-assistant). The netgear wg511t pcmcia card also
> works, it uses an atheros chipset and runs with the madwifi driver.
> Packages are available in non-free, so you also need to build them
> using non-free. If you want to buy Netgear adapters, take a close look
> at the product name. An additional letter or number can mean that is
> uses a completely different chipset.
> regards
>         Andreas Janssen
> -- 
> Andreas Janssen <andreas.janssen@bigfoot.com>
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FWIW, the MA111 says FCC ID: PY3MA111 on the side, and the WG111 says
PY3WG111V2 on the side. I do not know how to determine the chipset
inside either. I am not married to Netgear, I just happen to have those
two adapters (purchased new).  I am not familiar with moduel-assistant,
or adding or subtracting kernel modules. Nor have I ever "built" a
package, or compiled a driver. I have never rebuilt a kernel. I would
much rather just buy a new adapter, if it would JUST WORK, without any
fuss. If I could only find one.  

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