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Re: wireless - is it possible?

On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 23:24:35 +0200
Andreas Janssen <andreas.janssen@bigfoot.com> 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.

if its an ralink chipset than the following package may be the start (gets you
the source)
you would still need to compile it

zydass has a module in the kernel,  I don't know if it's compiled by default on
debian kernels though (zd1211 I think). You will need izd1211-firmware
package for the firmware, possibly zd1211-source if the sources are not compiled

It says that it supports:

  3COM 3CRUSB10075    6891:a727
  AOpen 802.11g WL54  07b8:6001
  iNexQ UR055g        1435:0711
  Sitecom WL-113      0df6:9071
  Telegent TG54USB    129b:1666
  TwinMOS G240        126F:a006
  Yakumo QuickWLAN    0b3b:1630
  Airlink+ AWLL3025   0ace:1211
  Zyxel ZyAIR G-220   0586:3401
  X-Micro XWL-11GUZX  0ace:1211
  Edimax EW-7317UG    0ace:1211
  Safecom SWLU-5400   07b8:6001
  Longshine LCS-8131G 07b8:6001
  Planet WL-U356      0ace:1211
  Sweex wireless 54MB 5173:1809
  Acer WLAN-G-US1     0ace:1211
  Trendnet TEW-424UB  0ace:1211
  DrayTek Vigor 550   0675:0550
  Asus WL-159g        0b05:170c
  Trust NW-3100

I have a ralink rt73 based dongle by level one but this one gives quite a bit
of trouble about which driver it will accept (rt2x00 doesn't work, the legacy
rt73 does, but only the new versions)

> regards
>         Andreas Janssen

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