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Elsipkitch9809
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: USB wireless card that will work with an ibook g4? Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm in the market for a wireless card for my mac laptop, which I run linux from. While the airport card is the specialized card, it has no support for linux if I remember.

So, I need a USB wireless card and I seem to find a lot more pcmcia and such cards than usb.

Does anyone here that has a portable mac (running linux) have a link for a card they recommend?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a mac mini (is that a portable for you?) running a zd1211 based usb card. it has some driver issues from time to time.. e.g. i need to unplug/plug the stick if the network does not establish (note.. associating to the AP is ok.. but no icmp/tcp packets come through / associating only works once for each plug.. meanin i have to re-plug the device when i change essid). but once the connection is working it is very stable and reliable for me. so its not perfect yet but already pretty okay.. at least for my use.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i either have a usb-stick with zd1211 chipset running on my ibook g4. There are still some minor issues, but the driver is in early development and therefor its working fine. Not to forget that those usb-sticks with this chipset are really cheap.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So where do you get a zydas zd1211-based USB Wifi card?
I didn't see any on eBay.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a zd1201 based card. The Gigafast WF741-UIC to be exact. It was $10 after rebate from newegg. The rebate is gone but there are plenty of other zd1201 cards listed here.

The zd1201 driver is included in the 2.6.12 kernel, and there is a module (zd1201 ebuild) for earlier kernels. I never got the module to work, but the latest vanilla-sources (2.6.12-rc4 and up) work just fine for me.

A firmware file is also required. I got the firmware (-fw) from the sourceforge driver website. I think it needed to be in /lib/firmware. There is a zd1201-firmware ebuild that downloads the file to the correct folder, but it is marked ~x86, so I haven't tried this.

Oh, and hotplug is the glue that holds it all together. It took me a few days to realize hotplug was my problem. I re-emerged it, started it up, and the wireless card magically worked. To recap:

1. get 2.6.12 kernel
2. enable zd1201 (device drivers->usb->networking?), compile, reboot
3. download the firmware to the proper location
4. enable hotplug, make sure hotplug is running
5. plug in card
6. type dmesg or iwconfig or whatever to verify it works, configure, etc.

edit: forgot to mention, iBook G4 1Ghz
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, thanks for the replies. I'll try out that GIGAFAST one, it seems pretty cheap and it works. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest 3Com USB 11g 'stick' (3CRUSB10075) uses the ZD1211 chip. I've got mine working on the local network but not through my 3Com wireless ADSL router yet. Less than £20 including delivery from Amazon in the UK.
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