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SubjectRe: Is there a wireless PCI/e card that is supported in the kernel?
Justin Piszcz wrote:
> In the past, I used ndiswrapper etc but noticed that would freeze up
> my laptop occasionally..
> Obviously for a server machine if you are going to add a wireless card
> you /probably/ do not want to be using ndiswrapper if it is an
> important host.
> PCI-e: (D-Link DWA-556)
> PCI Cards:
> This one seems to be the most popular one on newegg:
> EDIMAX EW-7128G IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data
> Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, AES - Retail
> Pros: Ubuntu 7.10 (Gusty Gibbon) picked up this card without any need
> for additional drivers. It has been running with 85% signal stregnth
> with the router in the next room.
> But then:
> Cons: Drivers are still under development. The rt2x00 driver is in the
> 2.6.24 kernel, but it's somewhat buggy. Kernels built from the rt2x00
> devel tree do work significantly better. Regardless of the kernel that
> I tried, I was unable to put the card into master mode (for creating
> an access point).
> GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps
> Data Rates 64/128 bit WEP, WPA, 802.1x, AES - Retail
> Pros: Just dropped it in and it works in 2.6.22-14 Ubuntu Gutsy x86
> (just tested WEP though). This was researched before purchase. Ralink
> open sourced their drivers and the rt61pci driver is part modern
> kernels. Very good price.
> D-Link DWL-AG530 IEEE 802.11a/b/g 32-bit PCI Wireless Adapter Up to
> 108Mbps Data Rates 64-, 128-, 152-WEP 802.1x WPA.Wi-Fi Protected
> Access (64-, 128-WEP with TKIP, MIC, IV Expansion, Shared Key
> Authentication Supports Advanced Encrypti - Retail
> Good reviews, but nobody mentions Linux.
> Any comments or success stories of GOOD working cards without the use
> of ndiswrapper?
> Justin.
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I have an intel 3945 mini pci card in my laptop that works well and is
dircctly supported in the kernel. I would look for a card that has a
chipset directly supported by the vendor which intel does.

My $.02


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