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    Which wireless card works with linux? ...... How do i get my wireless card to work wi

    Which wireless card to get?
    What wireless card works with linux?
    How do i get my wireless card to work with linux?

    Ndiswrapper (A special note for 64bit users you must use the windows 64bit driver if using 64bit linux)
    Also see thease mini-tut's in the tutorials section:
    Madwifi driver
    Project: acx100 (acx100 or acx111 Texas instruments chipset's)
    rt2x00 Open Source Project (Ralink rt2400, rt2500 and rt2570)
    Intel wireless nic driver ipw2200 for PRO/Wireless 2915ABG & 2915ABG
    bcm43xx kernel driver (for broadcom 43xx chipsets)
    For gentoo users see this for the bcm43xx click here

    Well the first answer to all thoes questions is to look an the card database of the NDISwrapper to see what is currently supported here in the db and look them up by the pciid number shown in red in this sample from the NDISwrapper db (this driver works with mini pci,pcmcia(cardbus only), usb,and pci nic's)
    # Laptop: Dell Inspiron 4150 Card: TrueMobile 1300 (802.11b/g) WLAN miniPCI Card

    * Chipset: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
    * pciid: 0000:02:03.0 <<this pciid should match your card's pciid
    * Driver:
    * Other: To install unzip (program "unzip" works on the .exe) the exe file and use bcmwl5.inf.
    The chipset is attained by the command
    then to get the pciid (compare the numbers given in the lspci to the ones given in the lspci -n to find the correct pciid(also it will be in the same order))
    lspci -n
    if its a pci card or
    if a usb nic

    Second if it is not in that db there is another possibility it may be supported by the Madwifi driver and there database is here

    How do i get my wireless card to work with linux? and the NDISwrapper

    Here is how to get the NDISwrapper to work, and the directions to do this are here << thease are great and easy to follow directions
    Just one word of warning use the windows driver listed in the database it is known to work (though there are others that may or may not work).

    How do i get my wireless card to work with linux? and the Madwifi driver
    here is the main page

    Third this is for the acx100 or acx111(texas instruments chipset's)
    here is the howto <<<<<< this howto is well written and explains the getting of the pciid very well
    here are the project download mirror/ crude directions
    here is the Project main page

    Fourth here is another project. This project is making Opensource drivers for the 'Ralink rt2400, rt2500 and rt2570 chipsets found in Hawking wireless b & g nic's and probably others (as the ndiswrapper dosnt work to good with this chipset as of yet though may work better for you, so you can still try it (been there done that))

    Intel wireless nic's PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Driver for Linux* in support of:
    PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
    here is the link to the driver ipw2200
    and the README

    Then there is last but not least the cards that are supported in the linux kernel here: (2.6.11-r11)
     -> Device Drivers                                                                                
             -> Networking support                                                                          
                   -> Network device support (NETDEVICES [=y])                                                  
                           -> Wireless LAN (non-hamradio)  [*] Wireless LAN drivers (non-hamradio) & Wireless Extensions                       
                    ---   Obsolete Wireless cards support (pre-802.11)                                 
                    < >   STRIP (Metricom starmode radio IP) (NEW)                                     
                    ---   Wireless 802.11b ISA/PCI cards support                                       
                    < >   Hermes chipset 802.11b support (Orinoco/Prism2/Symbol) (NEW)                  
                   < >   Atmel at76c50x chipset  802.11b support (NEW)                                 
                    ---   Prism GT/Duette 802.11(a/b/g) PCI/Cardbus support                             
                    < >   Intersil Prism GT/Duette/Indigo PCI/Cardbus (NEW)
    Last but not least here is a list of nic's/adaptors and there chipsets

    P.S. if anyone knows of any linux wireless drivers not listed here please pm me with the link.
    Last edited by loft306; 04-08-2006 at 02:50 AM.
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