Felipe Alfaro Solana felipe.alfaro at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 23:56:14 UTC 2006

On 9/29/06, mike williams <a-bracmike at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> How do i use a wireless laptop chip to connect to a network?

Unfortunately, there are a few gotchas when using wireless chipsets
under Linux. Some wireless chipsets are extremely well supported, like
Atheros, Prism54 and Centrino, but there are others which require

If you have an Atheros, Prism or Centrino-based chipset, wireless
should work out of the box. IYou should install network-manager and
network-manager-gnome packages using apt-get.

If you are using a problematic wireless chipset, like SMC or some (if
not all) Broadcom, you will need to use a software called ndiswrapper
that, in turn, allows you tu use Winblows NDIS drivers under Linux.
The setup is a little bit more complicated. Some time ago, I wrote
about my experience with SMC-based wireless cards and ndsiwrapper at


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