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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:32 pm    Post subject: Airport Extreme replacement Reply with quote

I have a 12" Powerbook (1.33GHz) running Gentoo and I would really like to use wireless but the Airport Extreme doesn't work. There is no PCMCIA slot and the only thing I could think of is using the USB slot.

So I was wondering what everyone else does to get wireless with their 12" Powerbook?

Is there any good USB 802.11b/g solutions for linux?

Is it possible to replace the Airport Extreme card with something else and be able to get it to work? or is the card integrated into the motherboard?

Thanks

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:32 pm    Post subject: Buy a chep one while waiting Reply with quote

Hi


The "best" thing to do while the driver isn't ready (or ever near) is to buy a cheap pc-card wlan card. That is what my friends with PB:s has done. There are some petetitions (spellig? =) to sign to get broadcom to give out the specs of the card.

So, in the meantime, buy a cheap 11 or 54 pccard to run wlan in linux...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he said he has no pc card slot
usb dongles exist.. search around

you're not likely to find a replacement for AE though, since ae has it's own special slot
first of all, the AE card is smaller than a standard PC card, and fits right into it's housing.. further more, the "AE slot" is like a pcmcia slot except that one or two of the pins were modified so that only AE could fit in

search the forum the answers are there, there was a hwole thread about it a month or two ago
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found usb wireless 802.11b cards based on the atmel chipset. The opensource project page is http://atmelwlandriver.sourceforge.net/news.html .

I was wondering if anyone has tried these drivers. I just searched the portage database for "atmel" with no luck and I also looked in net-wireless for the driver and it wasn't there. So there is no ebuild as of yet. WPA supplicant is also not in portage yet.

I was thinking of buying the WUSB11 v2.6 from linksys. Does anyone have this product working properly in linux?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't go anywhere near an atmel device, try to stick with a prism based USB wifi adapter. I am currently using a Netgear MA111 802.11b on my iBook G4.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just looked into the prism based cards but the usb development is still cvs and it hasn't updated in like 2 months. I would buy a prism based usb card if I had confirmation that the project is still underway.

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Don't go anywhere near an atmel device


Not that I don't believe you, because I totally do, but just for the sake of an explanation could you tell me why atmel devices ae bad?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try the d-link dwl-122, it's a prism2 based usb card, and works also under mac os x :wink:
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Netgear MA 111 here too
Works nicely
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