Suggestion for wireless PC-card 802.11b / 802.11g with out-of-the-box support in Hoary

Lee W ubuntu-list at
Mon Jun 27 18:05:01 UTC 2005

Christian Toldnes wrote:

>I've been googling for hours for a suitable PC-card, but just about
>all the information available is about problems. I have that already,
>I need a solution. ;)
>I'l looking for a card that:
>1. Is supported by a kernel driver included in the standard i686
>kernel packages for Hoary. The driver must not be ndiswrapper.
>2. Known to work with wpa_supplicant or supports wpa in some other
>usable way. (Maybe this point is void but I'm new to wpa_supplicant
>and not sure if it's a generic thing or if it works with only some
>3. Someone on this list has actual experience with the card and can
>recommend it based on their experience.
>4. Card available for me to purchase (Europe). The chipset name is not
>what I'm looking for, cards is. It seems to be hard to know what
>chipset a card fetaures, and that seems to change, so a specific card
>at some retailer is what I need.
>I know that support for 802.11g might be a showstopper in regards to
>my request, especially considering item 1), but 54Mbit still is my
>Also, if a card is made to work with the combination of a
>non-ndiswrapper kernel driver and some firmware, that might be OK,
>provided enough people have good experiences with the card on Ubuntu.
>An open source driver provided by the chipset vendor may be suitable as well.
Hi Christian,

I've had success with two wireless cards on Hoary.

Firstly (as already mentioned), DWL-G650 B2 version (purchased in the 
UK), this uses an Atheros chipset and I believe the madwifi drivers. You 
do however have to use a binary firmware (which could have certain legal 

Secondly, a Netgear WG511 "Made in China" version.  This however does 
use the NDISWrapper Drivers.  I haven't looked into NDIS much other than 
the fact (for me) it works better than the DWL-G650 card so not sure 
what you reservations are for considering to use it. 

The WG511 "Made in Taiwan" version is supposedly supported by the 
prism54 drivers and these are included with the Linux Kernel I believe.

Hope this helps somewhat.



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