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PCMCIA WLAN under Linux 9?

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Hi!

I bought Linux 9 Pro one week ago. But now I have the problem, that my Draytek Vigor520 PCMCIA-card is not supported by Linux. I looked for some cards in the linux-hardware-database. There are some cards, of course, but I don't know how to buy them. No shop I know can order them and in the internet there is no support too.

Here are the card:
Accton EN2218 LAN/Modem [pcmcia]
Accton UE2218 LAN/Modem [pcmcia]
AIRONET Wirless Communications Arlan 655 [pcmcia]
Inter Corporation Ether Express PRO/100 LAN/Modem [pcmcia] <-  I prefer Intel
Racal Interlan Interlan [pcmcia]
KTI SoHo Lan Kit [pcmcia]


Does somebody know where i can get such a card or can somebody tell me a card, that linux supports (pcmcia).

Thanks for advance!
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Question by:ChristopH1987
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Accton EN2218&UE2218 LAN/Modem [pcmcia]                                                    work with  [pcnet_cs driver] [x86,axp]
Intel Corporation Ether Express PRO/100 LAN/Modem [pcmcia]                        works with [pcmcia-cs driver: eepro100_cb] [x86]

Here's a complete list of compatible 802.11x cards under Linux 2.2 & 2.4 kernel
http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/ftp/SUPPORTED.CARDS

Hope this helps

Kronos
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Hello,

Most linux (linuses?) have native support for two wireless lan cards built in: Cisco's Aronet (4800, 340 and 350) and the Orinoco Gold (also branded as a Lucent WaveLAN) cards.  I have used these two cards on Redhat 7,8,9, Suse, Mandrake and several Denebian distributions.  In most cases, once you plug in the card, you will hear two high beeps.  Next you will configure the wireless driverusing either the wireless tools built into the linux distribution or you can download the "wireless tools for linux" at http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/Tools.html.

Check out http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/Linux.Wireless.usage.html#install for a good overview of all your options for using wireless with linux.  Just remember, that linux is a tad bit more complex and you may have to play with the driver or even re-compile it or the kernel to get wireless working (depending on your linux distribution).

As far a buying a card.  I usually check ebay.  Do a serch for Cisco 350 or Orinoco.  You should be able to get a cisco 350 for no more than $70 and an Orinoco Gold (802.11b) for no more than $50.  Watch out for the a/b and a/b/g cards, I don't know if the current batch of linux drivers support them yet.  Stick with the Cisco 350 (340 is ok it is just less transmit power) or the Orinoco  802.11b cards and you should be ok.

Hope this helps.

-6of1
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Thanks all!


For 6ofl: I have bought such a HP-Card now... (WL110) It works very well and I have no problems with connections and so on... The only problem was the high costs ( 80 Euro [is equalent to 90 $ or 70 $ I believe].

Ebay was a good idea...


Bye!
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