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Re: Recommendation: Proxima Orinoco 802.11a/b/g gold combocard?




On Sun, 16 May 2004, Scot L. Harris wrote:

> On Sun, 2004-05-16 at 13:15, Satish Balay wrote:
> > On Sun, 16 May 2004, Scot L. Harris wrote:
> > 
> > > Since I am not having much luck with the D-link DWL-G650 or the Linksys
> > > WPC54G wireless cards with FC1 I figure I should get a recommendation
> > > for something that works.
> > > 
> > > Was looking at the Proxima Orinoco 802.11a/b/g gold combocard.  Has
> > > anyone used this with FC1?  Does it have any restrictions?  (will it
> > > work with monitoring software?)
> > 
> > Can you do lspci on the 'dlink' and see what it says? I've seen
> > some remark it as atheros - and some as prism. Does it have '802.11a'?
> > 
> > Usually 802.11a supported cards are atheros chipset based. With
> > atheros - there is a chance that you can get it working with madwifi
> > driver.
> > 
> > I use a mini-pci card 'IBM a/b' with I believe has an atheros 5211
> > chipset.  The a/b/g cards could be Atheros 5212 chipset.
> > 
> > One way to find this info is with 'lspci'. I get
> > 02:02.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5211 802.11ab NIC (rev 01)
> > 
> > I used to get numeric nubers here (which could be matched with entries
> > in the madwifi source). Do'nt know who does the translation now ..
> > 
> > 02:02.0 Class 0200: 168c:0012 (rev 01)
> > 
> > Satish
> 
> The lspci actually seems to see the D-Link card
> 
> 02:00.0 Network controller: Harris Semiconductor D-Links DWL-g650 A1
> (rev 01)
> 
> Based on discussions with D-link tech support and looking at the windows
> files provided it appeared this card uses a prisim chip set.  May be
> wrong about that but all indications led me to that conclusion.
> 
> This card supports only b and g protocols.  

Were you able to try the hostap driver with this? There were
links to prebuilt drivers for FC1 at fedora.us

> 
> I looked at the madwifi drivers but as you indicated they appear to
> support the atheros chipset.

Yeah it is atheros only driver. From madwifi/README
MADWIFI: Multimode Atheros Driver for WiFi on Linux

> 
> At present I am looking for a solution to either get the D-link
> DWL-G650, the linksys WPC54G or buy another card that will work.  
> 
> Any recommendations?  Does FC2 have better wireless support?  I am
> willing to install that when it is available.

The default support of FC1/FC2 (as others have indicated) is primarily
'orinoco_cs' driver for very old Lucent 802.11b cards (prism-1
chipset?)

For others - I guess you need to manually install
madwifi/hostap/ndiswrapper or the appropriate dirver to get it
working. Personally I've tried latest madwifi-snapshot with
FC2(rawhide) and it worked for me.

Satish



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