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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:51 pm    Post subject: Which 802.11g /802.11b usb adapters are you using? Reply with quote

Im rocking out a wicked cool ibook g4. clealry no support for airport extreme, which is ok. But what usb wifi adapters are you guys using successfully in gentoo on ppc whether it be and ibook, powerbook, or whatever. i want go run out and grab one, but as i'm sure you've noticed, none of the boxes tell you chipsets, and if you can rock out with an open source driver. Just curious about anyones successes and failures, so I can pick something out that I can make work.

I've tried googling some shizzle to see if anything comes up, but as great as google is, it just throws a heap of random crap on your desktop, and almost none of the pages have anything related to what i search for and in turn, help in my effort to find and acceptable wifi solution for linux ppc.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be interested in which wireless usb adapter people here a using sucessfully as well. My ibook 12' should be here in a few days so if you're using one and it's working please let us know.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the D-Link DWL-122 802.11b USB dongle with linux-wlan-ng drivers.

It works very well.

Be careful, version 1 of the Netgear MA111 works, but not the version 2 (MA111 v2 is written on the side of the box).

USB/sleep does not work well on ibook G4, so I unplug the dongle before coing to sleep, and plug it back after wake up.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the info man serriously appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:20 pm    Post subject: b or g? Reply with quote

thanks for the info, anyone know if the g version of that dwl-122 works, which is dwlg-122. saw it at circuit city for 50 bones, so if anyone has had any success, would be cool to hear about it.

on a side note, there has to be some sort of database about which chipsets are used in which models of lan/wireless lan cards doesn't there? you know so in turn people can make educated purchases. helpful links maybe? cause i keep coming up with the same pooh.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you on that and I think that there might actually be one, I just don't know about it. If anyone does a link would be super! Also, I don't think the g version of the dlink usb dongle works, but I could be wrong...it seems most 802.11g devices havn't worked for me in linux.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as for 802.11g i think one alternative is the zd1211 chip which is currently maintained at http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/zd1211. i dont have an access point myself right now but compiling, modprobing and scanning for APs works pretty well on PPC. the driver lacks WPA support but i guess if you can live without..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:06 pm    Post subject: 802.11b/g chipset comparison Reply with quote

I found this link through a couple of different sources:

http://www.linux-wlan.org/docs/wlan_adapters.html.gz

I didn't see anything on that page which would indicate that it's newer than about 2004-02, but other than that, it looks quite comprehensive.

NOTE: The amazon.com links are referral links.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, the cvs-driver of the zd1211 chipset is working without problems. Well, wpa and monitor mode are not working yet, but the driver is in "early" development and maybe wpa will come in future.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using a wireless card with the rtl8180 chipset. I am using a edited version of the rtl8180 package of portage. I commented out a line that use the tsc x86 register. Now I am e-mailing with the author (i don't know if it was an important line). It seem to work anyway... I didn't try it in a wireless lan (exept one time), but I saw a wlan0 interface, the led blink it I do dhcpcd (onluy if I am in a network).... so I will tell you if I'll have good news.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to use the zd1211 USB wifi dongle (WF741-UIC) with kernel 2.6.12-r1 and it is flakey as all hell. I downloaded the latest firmware and I'm not sure how to configure the wlan0 interface. Should I use iwconfig or ifconfig? Is dhcp a bad idea?

I had to put the correct path to the firmware in /etc/hotplug/fimware.agent to get the module loaded.

/etc/conf.d/wireless only has essid_wlan0="any". All other variables are commented.

right now, I'm just running
/etc/init.d/net.wlan0 start

which fails to bring up wlan0 and then I run

dhcpcd -d wlan0

and it starts working. Just trying to start dhcpcd won't work. net.wlan0 is a big, ugly script--I don't know what it's doing. After a short while, wlan0 stops working and I have to repeat these two steps.

net.wlan0 is just a copy of net.eth0 and the only uncommented line in /etc/conf.d/net is iface_wlan0="dhcp"

btw, the reception is much worse than the airport extreme card (under OS X). I can't even find my access point unless I'm within about 15 feet. With Airport extreme, I get decent signal over 30' with walls in the way.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont get it. why do you need an extra firmware? the firmware code is in the driver and gets uploaded to the device automatically.

you should configure the device's wlan parameters with iwconfig and the device net/tcp settings with ifconfig. for the zd1211 driver you have to "ifconfig up" the device first before you can access the wireless extension with iwconfig. maybe your script does not take this into account. also if your connection is terminated this could be the cause of a dhcpd process timing out and resetting the device.

ensure you are using the latest cvs version of the driver.

for me the quality of the signal and the range for operating and scanning is quite good...

maybe for testing do it the hard way. manually load the module. ifconfig wlan0 up. iwconfig wlan0 essid youressid. ifconfig wlan0 down. ifconfig wlan0 192.168.x.x up. if that works you should carefully check what the scripts do.. and what they do wrong.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i dont get it. why do you need an extra firmware? the firmware code is in the driver and gets uploaded to the device automatically.


Now I'm confused. When I plug in the USB device, zd1201 and firmware_class modules are loaded automatically. The zd1201 module does not load unless my /etc/hotplug/firmware.agent script can find

/usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/

which contains zd1201-ap.fw and zd1201.fw version 0.14

Without these firmware files, the module does not load and there is no interface wlan0. I'm using the module that is included in the kernel. Is there some other driver (module?) that I have to download? I got the firmware files from http://linux-lc100020.sourceforge.net.

I'll try manually bringing up wlan0 and see how it goes.

Edit: I just found another driver at http://sourceforge.net/projects/zd1211. Is this the one you're using? Is this newer than the one in the 2.6.12-r1 kernel? Why do I need the cvs version? It's the same as the last release (v1.5)?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@jerry arns:

What kernel are you using? Since about 2.6.11, sleep has been working %100 for me on an iBook G4 1.2GHz 12". I use a USB keyboard and mouse and the only minor problem is that they stop working if ehci_hcd is loaded. simply rmmod it and they come right back. Once in a while, the screen does not come on, but just closing the case and opening it again makes the screen wake. Sleep was a disaster (ooops, crash,crash, oops...) on earlier kernels for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah.. zd1211 != zd1201

you actually wrote zd1211 in the post before so you actually use a different chip. i have no answers/experience/suggestions whatsoever regarding this chip :(
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the 2.6.12 kernel module zd1201 supported a bunch of zd12xx series wifi devices. I tried compiling the zd1211 module. It loaded w/o error, but there was no wlan0 interface.

Then I went back to the (included in 2.6.12+) zd1201, which loads firmware and I configured the interface manually w/o dhcp. So far so good, but the range is just not as good as airport extreme.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@DrZoidberg : I use 2.6.9-pegasos (now one might wonder why pegasos, answers is well, uh :oops: , misunderstanding first time I installed). I'll move to 2.6.11 and see if USB sleep is better. Thanks for the feedback.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrZoidberg wrote:
I thought the 2.6.12 kernel module zd1201 supported a bunch of zd12xx series wifi devices. I tried compiling the zd1211 module. It loaded w/o error, but there was no wlan0 interface.


I'm having the same issue!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've tested my zd1201 USB wifi "Gigafast WF741-UIC" with windows and linux and it doesn't work that well. The range is lousy, less than 20ft. It loses my AP (Linksys DI-504) a lot and the connection is often slow in windows XP or linux. Assuming the device isn't damaged, I think people should not bother with this--it's just a crappy piece of hardware.

(I have an old x86 laptop that I used for testing it on XP. My main computer is an a iBook G4 1.2GHz running gentoo/tiger. Airport extreme works perfectly with my router even outside the house.)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

D-Link DWL-122 here with linux-wlan-ng. Works very well, except WPA which I haven't had time to sort out recently.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmers wrote:
D-Link DWL-122 here with linux-wlan-ng. Works very well, except WPA which I haven't had time to sort out recently.


I've been using this device for about 7 months now works quite well with easy to setup hotplug support. As far as I can tell WPA is in no way supported :-(. If I start CUPS with this device it causes a kernel opps (or did so about 3 months ago).

I would be interested in any usb 802.11 with wpa support.. anyone know of any?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Netgear wg511t (pcmcia) works well on my 15" powerbook, using madwifi. with WPA/AES.

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scoobydu wrote:
Netgear wg511t (pcmcia) works well on my 15" powerbook, using madwifi. with WPA/AES.

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hmm.. how old is your powerbook? Last I checked there was no pcmcia on any of the newer ones.
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qleak wrote:
scoobydu wrote:
Netgear wg511t (pcmcia) works well on my 15" powerbook, using madwifi. with WPA/AES.

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hmm.. how old is your powerbook? Last I checked there was no pcmcia on any of the newer ones.


3 days.old and where did you look :?

Quote:

http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index15.html


Check about 3/4 of the way down the page on the right!

Its called a PC Card here, but I'm calling it pcmcia ;)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scoobydu wrote:
qleak wrote:
scoobydu wrote:
Netgear wg511t (pcmcia) works well on my 15" powerbook, using madwifi. with WPA/AES.

scooby


hmm.. how old is your powerbook? Last I checked there was no pcmcia on any of the newer ones.


3 days.old and where did you look :?

Quote:

http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index15.html


Check about 3/4 of the way down the page on the right!

Its called a PC Card here, but I'm calling it pcmcia ;)


Wow.. thanks for the link.. guess I haven't kept up to speed on the new apple laptops. ;-)

For a short time, apple sold laptops without pcmcia slots.. so thats probably why some ppc people (myself included) actually want a linux compatible usb wireless card.
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