Are there any WLANs that work out-of-the-box with Linux?

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Paul Ciszek, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. Paul Ciszek

    Paul Ciszek Guest

    I am trying to switch to Linux even though I do not know anything about
    writing device drivers. I have been told that one does not have to
    know how to write device drivers in order to use Linux anymore. Furthermore,
    I know of at least one guy who claims to have just plugged in a WLAN card
    and used in under SuSE 9.2 Is this really possible? Which, if any, WLAN
    devices work out-of-the-box?
     
    Paul Ciszek, Jan 2, 2005
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    James Knott Guest

    The built in WiFi in my ThinkPad R31 works fine with SuSE 9.1 and I'll be
    installing 9.2 shortly.
     
    James Knott, Jan 2, 2005
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  3. I've been using Linux code since Linus first posted it, and
    running Linux since 0.99pl6 (early 1993).

    I've *never* written a device driver, and don't really have a
    clue how.
    This message is being typed up on an HP Pavilion ze4900 laptop
    with Broadcom wifi client hardware built in. Another box has a
    Linksys wmp54g pci card, and both connect to a Linksys wrt54g
    wifi router as the access point.

    For the wifi clients, ndiswrapper is used to load the drivers
    supplied with the cards. The Broadcom unit will work with
    either the bcmwl5 or bcmwl5a drivers (available on the net or on
    the CD supplied by HP). The Linksys card works with the rt2500
    driver on the CD that came with the card.

    The boxes all use a Slackware based system, running a 2.6.9
    kernel.

    So I'm sitting in the restaurant across the road from my home,
    typing this up on my laptop, sipping coffee and talking to
    friends... while I check Usenet and read my email too.
     
    Floyd L. Davidson, Jan 2, 2005
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  4. Most Intel, Orinico and other devices that uses well-known chipsets
    does. Suggestion: first check which chipset is supported and which
    chipset is in the device you want to buy, then buy it. Not the other
    way around.

    Davide
     
    Davide Bianchi, Jan 2, 2005
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    Malke Guest

    The built-in IBM a/b/g wireless (Atheros chipset) in my Thinkpad X31
    worked out of the box with SuSE 9.1. The Intel 2100's in some Compaq
    laptops we set up for school worked, too (SuSE 9.1) but needed a
    firmware update which we did via SuSE's update mechanism (YaST).

    Malke
     
    Malke, Jan 3, 2005
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    Paul Ciszek Guest

    I have tried to find out from a device's packaging which chipset it
    uses, in vain. None of the stores I have been to have heard of
    Orinoco. (Orinioco has been sold as Lucent, and they don't have that
    either.) I had been hoping to be able to buy something off of the shelf,
    but in that I am limited to what is on the shelves, and what is on the
    shelves doesn't list their chipsets. Also, rev A vs. rev B of the same
    product can use totally different chipsets.
     
    Paul Ciszek, Jan 3, 2005
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