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From: Stroller <stroller@××××××××××××××××××.uk>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Recommend me a good PCMCIA wireless network card
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 17:11:13
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Recommend me a good PCMCIA wireless network card by Ian K
1 On Jul 24, 2005, at 1:49 am, Ian K wrote:
2 >
3 > I have an older laptop that I want to add to my network,
4 > (its a 802.11B one) and I was wondering what brands/models
5 > would work the best under Linux. Im fairly flexible, and would
6 > really not like to tinker with too many drivers. Any good ideas?
8 Currently available are cards using the Ralink chipset, as this
9 manufacturer has open-sourced their own drivers and there is a strong
10 GPL project that will (I believe) eventually join the main kernel tree.
12 I have tested CNet cards using this chipset, and indeed I supply them
13 to Windows customers as they're very good value, however I prefer the
14 Belkin under Linux, as they just seem to behave slightly better. The
15 difference is nearly intangible, but the CNet cards would sometimes not
16 start properly when called by the /etc/init.d scripts, only to work
17 perfectly when restarted manually. I could not make any rhyme nor
18 reason of this, although I expect they'll work perfectly in a year or
19 two when the rt2500 driver is more mature.
21 Some others have suggested finding a supplier with a liberal returns
22 policy and have suggested that no-one can guarantee that a model will
23 have a specific chipset. I'm associated with the famous UK cartoon IT
24 consultant, Network Ned, and can vouch that he does indeed test every
25 batch of wireless cards that he receives for Linux compatibility. He
26 offers these on a "guaranteed to work with Linux" basis -
27 - but is aware that his website
28 isn't CSS-compliant, thankyouverymuch.
30 Stroller.
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Re: [gentoo-user] Recommend me a good PCMCIA wireless network card Will Salt <wpsalt@××××××××××.com>