21 Feb

wireless hell

I just bought an access point and a PCMCIA card, so I could send emails while sitting on the toilet.

The access point was simple to set up.

The card wasn’t.

The Netgear WG511 v2 (made in China) is definitely supported by Linux, and is supposedly simple to set up.

Unfortunately, I got the Netgear WG511 v2 (made in Taiwan), which is not.

The difference is in the chipsets. The Linux-friendly card uses a Prism chipset, which has been part of the Linux kernel for a while. The damned hell-sent one uses a Marvell chipset, which is just a pain in the ass.

One thought on “wireless hell

  1. Just about to try and do this in Knoppix 2.6.x Nice article – spot on about a Netgear WG 511 (made in Taiwan vs made in china). Will feedback anything useful….

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