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MagicAlex
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:09 pm    Post subject: Wireless ethernet devices for older Powerbooks Reply with quote

I'm a bit unfamiliar with most wireless technology, but I'm hoping to kill several birds with one thread. I have a G3 Powerbook Lombard with a dead Ethernet port (yes I've checked). I'd like to give the Powerbook some wireless internet capability, but I'm ignorant on two issues:

1. What kinds of devices can be purchased for this system.
2. Of those devices, which ones work with Gentoo.

Of course I'm familiar with Airport cards, but I guess they aren't supported in Linux and I can't even tell if Apple is still selling cards that work with Powerbook G3s. If anybody could help me find the answers to these questions, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know whether an Airport card works on a Powerbook G3 Lombard, but the "classic" Airport card is most certainly supported on linux.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orinoco Silver/Gold 802.11b cards are compatible with the Airport drivers in the kernel, and they're 16bit cards, which is good if the PCMCIA slot isn't cardbus (I can't remember).

802.11g cards are a bit harder to find working drivers for. The pcmcia versions of the Airport Extreme (bcm43xx chipsets) have drivers now and should work alright, but the driver is still a little rough around the edges.

There are plenty of posts in this forum about PPC compatible wireless cards, so I'd just search through the forum. If you have a specific model you'd like to ask a question about, feel free.

(And btw, as the above suggests, all Apple wireless cards are supported natively in Linux).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found out that PCMCIA Microsoft MN-700s are Broadcom based, so I popped it in my Pismo.

Instant airport extreme. They're cheap on eBay when you can find one.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using a Netgear card with an Atheros chip, it works ok, you just install the madwifi package to install the modules. The one problem I have is that when I put the computer to sleep, eg shutting the lid, when it resumes the network is disconnected and i need to run /etc/init.d/net.ath0 restart. I think when I first installed everything it used to resume from sleep with the network running so i'm not sure what caused it to stop working, if anyone has suggestions about how to fix this let me know.. Otherwise it runs fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the problem with any wireless connection is that it really has "state" involved with the connection. If you put your computer to sleep, the AP can no longer contact your card, so the connection has dropped. When you resume, the driver may attempt to connect to the AP it was connected to before (potentially faulty assumption, what if the STA moved?) or it could not. Restarting the device may be required depending on how the driver is written. If you really want to know, ask the driver's author.
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