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Re: Wireless (again)





On Jan 28, 2008 8:47 AM, Timothy Murphy <gayleard eircom net> wrote:
Ed Greshko wrote:

>> I was however interested from a purely academic point of view
>> to know if it is possible to determine the chipset
>> either from documentation or by use of some application.
>
> First, I have a PC card labeled "Orinoco Wireless Networks - Gold".  It is
> made by Agere Systems.  Has a nice product number on it of PC24E-H-FC.
> The label also has a serial number, a part number, a MAC address, a few
> other FCC and other agency's registration numbers.

I too have an Orinoco Gold card in my hand at this moment.
As you say, it gives some information about the card,
but it does not say anything about the chipset _inside_ the card.

[Actually, it does not give the firmware version either;
dmesg tells me
       eth1: Firmware determined as Lucent/Agere 8.72]

> I don't have a laptop running any incantation of Linux.  So, I can't tell
> you if the output of "lspci -vv" would reveal any clue as to the type of
> chipset it contains.  A scanning electron microscope may come in handy
> about now....

That was my sole point in this discussion -
that it is not at all easy to find the chipset inside a WiFi card
as some have claimed.

> Or, try going to  http://linux-wless.passys.nl/ and search there to see if
> your card is listed.  I found mine...PC24E-H-FC.  But, it is a good thing
> I used google to get to that web site as I didn't know that Agere was
> acquired by Lucent.

It is almost as difficult to trace the ownership of WiFi companies
as it is to find the chipset inside a WiFi device.
As I understand it, Proxim now owns the Orinoco brand,
and in fact has the most recent Windows software for these cards.

Incidentally, this URL describes the chipset as "Orinoco"
which I am sure is not accurate.

Do you need everything handed to you on a silver platter? I don't recall saying this was going to be easy, a relative term in any case,only that it was possible with the card in hand, an hcl , and a clue to determine the chipset.


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