RE: Wireless LAN cards for Fedora?

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for my $0.02....

i would argue for getting a cheap ~$40 linksys G usb wireless dongle...

i have a laptop, amd x64, running fedora8, and after trying for a few days
to get the madwifi/atheros stuff working, i got the usb dongle, plugged it
in, and lo and behold.. up/running in a matter of 5 mins!!!

good luck...

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of Bill Davidsen
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:52 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Wireless LAN cards for Fedora?

Nifty Fedora Mitch wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 06:23:10AM +0100, Colin Paul Adams wrote:
>> I want to connect an AMD64 machine (currently running 32-bit Fedora
>> Core 6, although I might upgrade to Fedora 9 64-bit or 32-bit) to a
>> wireless LAN. Can I just buy any cheap wireless LAN card, or are there
>> gotchas to be aware of?
> Wireless is a tangle.
> Not all work and not all parts have the same devices on the inside
> despite having nearly the same make and model on the outside.
> Is your machine a laptop?
> What wireless bands, frequencies, types etc are important.
> You are in the UK so my US centric history may miss the mark
> so here are some general thoughts.
> Have you done a net search and found:
> you will find four types of card and some 32bit .vs. 64 bit issues
> to double the problem space.
> 	unsupported and unsupportable
> 	reverse engineered
> 	ndiswrapper over windows driver
> 	fully disclosed public driver.
> Shop for hardware in the fully disclosed public driver class that maps to
your wireless
> needs.  Look at vendor sites and write letters and email asking for
> Linux support if you cannot find it.   Linux users do need some
> help from the wireless vendors....  some are stepping up so do look
> and do fill out the "was this helpful" survey....  Do it from
> each new DHCP address you get and from each 'hotspot' you visit...
> and all the throw away email addresses you have ;-)
> If you can find a supported/works USB wireless device you will find that
> to be the quickest to test.  About 20% of the USB devices just work.
> A USB device can be very handy on the 'next' laptop.  I have some that
> don't but were only $9.
> "lspci" tells me that this laptop has a:
>   03:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One
54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
> The driver is the b43 driver.
>   "A Linux driver for the Broadcom b43 wireless chips. Broadcom never
released details about these chips
>   so this driver is based upon reverse engineered ..."
> Wireless is the primary reason I have a 32 bit version of fedora
> on this laptop and not a 64 bit version....
Mine says:
05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller
(rev 01)
         Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Unknown device e003

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