Orinoco v Hostap

Michael R. Head burner at suppressingfire.org
Thu Jun 8 20:56:46 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-06-08 at 15:01 +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:
> I have a Dell Latitude C.400 with a Dell Truemobile 1150 wireless card
> built in. The card uses the Orinoco drivers by default.
> Unfortunately, I cannot get Network Manager to work sensibly with this
> driver. This has bee reported as a bug.
> A suggestion, I though I had seen was to use the Hostap drivers instead.
> So can anyone confirm this? Will Hostap support this card and will
> Network Manager work with it?

Yes, I have a number of orinoco-based cards. Some work better with
hostap, others work better with the orinoco drivers

> If so, can anyone point me to a simple howto that explains how to kick
> out orinoco and install the Hostap stuff?

It's not too hard. Just install hostap-utils. Unfortunately, due to a
bug in the package
( https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/hostap-utils/+bug/41652 ), you'll have to create /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-hostap-utils and put
blacklist orinoco_plx
blacklist orinoco_cs
blacklist orinoco_pci
blacklist hermes

in it.

If your card were a full pcmcia card, you might have to diddle around
in /etc/pcmcia/config globally replacing orinoco_cs with hostap_cs.


> Regards,
> Tony.
> -- 
> Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
> IT Services Division, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL.
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Michael R. Head <burner at suppressingfire.org>

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