[ubuntu-uk] Wifi PCMCIA card - suggestions, please.

Tom Bamford tom at entrepreneuria.co.uk
Sat Oct 20 18:17:18 BST 2007

I've had great success with Atheros based cards on Ubuntu. I've had a
Belkin Cardbus adapter that was an Atheros 5004 and worked perfectly in
Edgy and Feisty. My current card is an Atheros a/b/g (although MiniPCI
not PC card but in my experience they work just the same) and works very
well in Feisty and Gutsy. The Madwifi driver for Atheros are by far the
most versatile wifi drivers I've seen and works out of the box with the
Restricted Driver Manager in Ubuntu. If you want to dig a little deeper
and set up your card as an access point or sniff local traffic you have
to get your head round the way the driver works but it's all well
documented on the Madwifi site.


On Sat, 2007-10-20 at 13:04 +0100, Mac wrote:
> Stephen Drake wrote:
> <snip>
> > Also consider Atheros based cards, usually with 108 Mbps, Xtreme G or
> > Super G on the box. Most cards will work fine. Only the very latest
> > cards have issues with the binary firmware.
> Steve >>> I did wonder whether to lash out on an Atheros-based card, but 
>   I wasn't sure whether the drivers were already available in Gutsy or 
> had to be manually installed.  Sounds like your saying 'already in Gutsy 
> - it just works'?
> Perhaps I'll have this as a fall back should Al's suggestion turn out 
> not to work - heaven forfend!  ;-)
> Tx
> Mac

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