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Re: Supported 802.11g wireless USB adaptor for FC5?



Jim Lowman <jmlowman <at> sbcglobal.net> writes:
> I have a Linksys model WUSB54G that works fine with Windoze,
> buy not with FC5.  And I could swear that I bought this with
> Linux compatibility in mind.

Well, many such devices, even supported ones, require some manual installation 
of a kernel module or firmware. What chipset is that? If you don't know, check 
the hardware revision, using that and the model number, we can figure out the 
chipset. With most devices, the chipset changes with each hardware revision, 
requiring a completely different driver, so you need to figure out what 
revision you have.

> Could someone suggest such a device that is supported by FC5?

Well, everything with an rt2570 chipset works if you compile the GPLed kernel 
module. Other chipsets which should work are rtl8180 (if you compile the GPLed 
kernel module), Atheros chipsets (if you get the madwifi driver from Livna, 
which has a binary-only component, a few Atheros chipsets are also supported by 
a GPLed driver), ipw2x00 (GPL driver included with Fedora, proprietary firmware 
NOT included, has to be obtained from Livna), bcm43xx (GPL driver included with 
Fedora, proprietary firmware NOT included, has to be extracted from a Windows, 
OS X or Linux/MIPS driver), rt73 (you need to compile a GPLed kernel module and 
download a binary firmware from Ralink). (This list is probably incomplete.) I 
believe rtl2570, rt73, rtl8180 and Atheros have USB variants, the Intel and 
Broadcom ones are probably PCI or PC-Card only, though I may be wrong.

        Kevin Kofler


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