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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:03 pm    Post subject: 802.11b wireless USB/PCMCIA card recommendation? Reply with quote

Hi to all,

Just wondered which wireless adapter some of you are running successfully on the new powerbook to connect to a 802.11b/g network? I know that the internal Airport Extreme adapter is unsupported by the kernel, and that there is always the MOL route, but for those who chose to get a separate USB or PCMCIA adapter, which one(s) did you get and why? I was looking at a DWL-122 from Dlink but it looks like there are not many left around to buy ;)

Thank you in advance! I got Gentoo running on my powerbook over the summer where I had a wired connection, but now that I am back at home, I don't have access to one in a comfortable spot, so I need to finish the install (mainly install and configure Xorg) via a wireless connection.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I would avoid usb atm, driver support for 54g devices is still in its early stages especially where ppc is concerned. As for pcmcia on ppc, I don't know I haven't got a pcmcia slot on my Powerbook.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you echo6 for breaking the bad news....

I have managed to dig a little bit more on the forums and I found the following thread:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-378639-highlight-dwlg122+ppc.html

Which shows how obviously it is possible to get the DWL-G122 working under PPC via ural-linux (http://etudiants.insia.org/~jbobbio/ural-linux/). I found out buy.com is running a promo right now and this USB stick only comes out at around $18 after mail-in rebate, so I think I am going to take my chances with this one unless somebody stops me by telling me it does not work :)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just in case you didn't find it, please review this thread https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-376557-highlight-.html
There are some useful urls in that regarding supported hardware.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using a dwl-g122 (version B1) with ural-linux. Some remarks :

- WEP doesn't work for me, but WPA OK for me.
- I can't build ural-linux for 2.6.14-rc*, it works fine for 2.6.{11,12,13}.
- The author of ural-linux said using a Asus WL-167g, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2005/05/msg00433.html

- Another project http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
It doesn't work for me, see http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=444
But someone reported success with a Asus WL-167g, see http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=372

Edit : Update for ural-linux + 2.6.14 +WPA:
I made a patch. This works if you don't use WPA and WEP.
For WPA, another patch for downgrade to wireless extension v18, and must use wpa_supplicant version 0.4.2.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks bz31 for sharing the info. It looks though I am out of luck as I am not sure I can actually locate the B1 version of the dwl-g122 easily.

I read through numerous threads and it looks like the Asus WL-167g may actually work better with WEP support enabled. I also saw that this one as a way to rotate slightly the USB stick to allow you to improve slightly reception - looks neat. Also it seems that this one can work with either ural-linux or rt2x00 drivers, so I like to have the choice between two alternatives hoping that I will get one of them working ;)

Anybody using a Asus WL-167g sucessfully?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Netgear WG511T (pcmcia,g) works fine with madwifi drivers and WPA.

I could do with a usb wifi for my mini if you manage to find one using wpa ;)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

D-Link DWL-AG650 (802.11abg) works well with Atheros drivers (from CVS).
My H/W version B2 card (purchased 14/02/2005) has been supported since about April.

Check http://madwifi.sourceforge.net/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=compatibility_list for the Atheros supported cards.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everybody for sharing your experiences!

I guess after reviewing all the various threads and listening to your advice, my choice boils down to:

PCMCIA Card: Netgear WG511T
It is an Atheros based card, and is very well supported across OS, reportedly works with Madwifi drivers on PPC with WEP and WPA support.
(avail on newegg.com for $40.99 (free shipping) after mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833150006

USB stick: Asus WL-167g
This one should work with either ural-linux or rt2x00 drivers. Reportedely only WEP encryption working, no WPA support yet.
(avail on newegg.com for $31 +$5.50 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833320107

Based on this info, I think I will go with the Netgear WG511T, as it should offer a little bit better reception/range than a USB stick, unless somebody tells me that there is a safer & cheaper alternative to the 2 choices above (MOL not counted as an option)

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just FYI I have the Asus WL-167g, and I'm using the drivers from serialmonkey. WEP has been broken for a while, although it has finally been fixed for the last couple of builds. However there is still an issue with it detecting the MAC address.

You may have better success than I have had!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again to everybody! I just ordered the Netgear WG511 from Zipzoomfly! I should have it next Tuesday, can't wait!
It will end up costing $33.99 after the $10 mail in rebate from Netgear. Shipping was free for Fedex 2nd as usual at Zipzoomfly.

If you don't see another post from me on the topic, then it will mean that I got it up and running without any troubles ;)

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

arnaudsj wrote:
Thanks again to everybody! I just ordered the Netgear WG511 from Zipzoomfly! I should have it next Tuesday, can't wait!
It will end up costing $33.99 after the $10 mail in rebate from Netgear. Shipping was free for Fedex 2nd as usual at Zipzoomfly.

If you don't see another post from me on the topic, then it will mean that I got it up and running without any troubles ;)

Cheers!


Good news ;)

I may be wrong but WG511 is prism54 and WG511T is madwifi ..... not sure whether that was an oversight 8O
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it was a typo :) I ordered the WG511T! whewwww .... you scared me for a sec though and I had to double check ;)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

arnaudsj wrote:
Yes, it was a typo :) I ordered the WG511T! whewwww .... you scared me for a sec though and I had to double check ;)


I'm glad about that, as I didn't want to ruin your day ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dlink DWL-G650 Works very well with Madwifi driver on the latest PowerBooks - just in case someone needed to know.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my trendnet TEW-423PI heavly sucks ass like hell. :evil: :evil:
i got frequent disconnection :( even if i am next the Acess point +
it works better under the linux with a netgear card driver than it does under windows with the vendors driver (up2date)


trendnet TEW-423 is BAD !

i will never buy any trendnet products.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd stay away from trendnet. Not very popular in big stores, but it's a cheap card and it shows. Took longer than it should to set it up, it doesn't support scanning, and ndiswrapper drivers arent the best way to do things anyway.
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