Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 8th Feb 2007 22:06 UTC
Linux When it comes to troublesome Linux peripherals, WiFi takes the cake. Sparked by the Portland Project's efforts to bring standardization to the Linux desktop, the Linux wireless developer community tackled this problem at its second Linux Wireless Summit last month in London.
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Summing Wifi Up under FOSS
by fretinator on Fri 9th Feb 2007 16:24 UTC
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1. Know your hardware before you buy it. As many have said, you need to know the chipset of the card - which means you need to know the revision number. I had a DLink card that used 4 different chipsets depending on the version number (I think it was DWL-650). Try to stay with main chipsents like Prism and Atheros, etc. There are several sites that list supported devices - use google!

2. If you already have a card that is not detected, you have two choices. Sometimes twiddling around with files in /etc/pcmcia/ (which helps your system "detect" the device) helps. Otherwise, look at the supported devices from Ndiswrapper.

NOTE: Don't just use the driver that came with card. NDiswrapper often has a link to a better driver for your card.

3. Use OpenBSD! It really does have the most drivers for a whole host of cards. I sell used Linux/BSD laptops. OpenBSD detects quite a few cards no one else does.

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