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SubjectRe: Current status of Intel PRO/Wireless 2100
Anders Karlsson wrote:

> On Fri, 2003-08-15 at 10:10, Christian Axelsson wrote:
>

(mini-PCI WLAN cards in notebooks)

> For the time being those mini-PCI cards is dead weight in the laptop I
> am afraid. I hope that either Intel suddenly sees sense (snowflake in
> hell analogy coming on) or some bright spark reverse engineers the card
> and writes an alpha driver that surpasses the functionality of the Intel
> beta drivers they keep under lock and key internally.
>
> I'll probably locate some Prism CardBus card in the meantime to use.
>

My dead weight was called Dell TrueMobile 1300 (with BroadCom chipset).
What I did is buying a NetGear WG311 PCI card (802.11b/g). It contains a
mini-pci card in a slot unders a metal cover and some small stuff on the
PCI-shape PCB.

The cover is easy to remove (only 3 pins) and the antenna is not
soldered, but connected with the same connector as in my notebook. I
could only connect 1 (main) antenna, but the PCI card has only one
antenna too. So you only loose antenna diversity.

The NetGear contains an Atheros chipset. There is some open source stuff
available (URL forgotten) and a driver (mafwifi) with a binary-only
hardware abstraction. Not really what you want, but at least a start. A
combination of both may lead to a more desirable result. But for me it
is fine to use. Only I can not issue bug reports when the driver has
been loaded since the last boot.

Oh,
#include <stddisclaimer.h>
#include <donttryat.h>
#include <nowarrenty.h>

Regards,

Bas.

BTW. I have a PCI card with Broadcom chipset for sale now :-)



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