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Linux Journal: PCI Symphony Network Cards

Aug 05, 2000, 13:10 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Denny Fox)

"Recently, I came across the Proxim "Symphony" line of wireless networking products. They use the 2.4GHz technology found in cordless phones to achieve a raw throughput of 1.6MBps. This gives performance that is comparable with the ARCnet I ran before Ethernet became ubiquitous. Even better, the product line is widely distributed and is reasonably priced."

"Proxim produces a full complement of wireless components in the Symphony line. There are cards for both the ISA and PCI bus, and a PC-Card for notebook computers. They also offer a Wireless Bridge and Wireless Modem for users who need them. I found the interface card products on the shelf at the local Best Buy, and the full line of products on-line at OnSale/Egghead AtCost. There are many other sources such as CDW, HardwareStreet.com, Office Max, Office Depot and Staples. I ordered a PCI card for the Linux server and a PC Card... for my notebook from OnSale AtCost for about $120 US and $130 US respectively, with free shipping. As you will see below, those of us fortunate enough to employ Linux as our Internet connectivity server can avoid purchasing the Wireless Bridge for about $370 or the Wireless Modem for about $225."

"The Proxim web site at http://www.proxim.com/symphony/index.htm has a complete set of information including on-line manuals, software, FAQs and tech tips. Under operating system support, they point you to Linux drivers from http://www.komacke.com/distribution.html. Proxim does not directly support Linux, but I had great help from Dave Koberstein, the rl2 driver developer, and other folks on the rl2-library mail list. You can easily subscribe at http://www.komacke.com/maillists.html. The rl2 part of the name comes from the original and much higher-cost Proxim product line RangeLAN2. The mail list was instrumental in answering several basic questions I had regarding the usefulness of these cards under Linux and getting the driver working."

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