wireless pci cards
Terry D. Cudney
terry.cudney at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 21:33:13 EST 2006
There are a number of wireless cards that work under Linux... more B than G cards it seems.
I have been using a Prism 2.5 based card from InterSil (sp?). Originally I got the drivers from AbsoluteValue systems, gpl-ed, but now the drivers are included in the 2.6 kernels for Wireless-B.
If you want a wireless-g card, the scene is a little more challenging. From what I've read, there are a few chipsets (Broadcom, TI ACX and Atheros) that are kind of supported using an ndiswrapper from sourceforge, and the Windows driver for the card. These cards do not, as far as I can determine, have a native linux driver.
Intersil is following their policy fromthe earlier Prism 2, 2.5 and 3.0 series, of making their specs available for the Prism54 chips, so that there are gpl-ed, native linux drivers available for this wireless-g series of chips, but at least at this time they are only available from the Prism54 group... not in the linux kernel source.
I found this link to be helpful:
It gives a list of cards and the chipset that each uses. Beware, they are NOT all supported in linux. Some are natively, some are with the ndiswrapper and others are better left alone.
Know what you are getting and if/how well it is supported,before you buy. Don't take my word on this... I could be misunderstanding something, and thigs are changing rapidly in this area.
On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 05:43:12PM -0500, Scott Howell wrote:
> Folks, just wanted to know what wireless cards which are pci-based
> are known to work. I wanted to know from personal experience as I
> need one for a desktop machine.
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