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LinuxPlanet: Connecting To A Wireless LAN With Linux, Part 1

Jan 31, 2005, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Wireless hardware for Linux is a moving target. The wireless network adapter that worked fine with Linux yesterday may be released with an unsupported radio chipset today, and with no indication of the change. So buyer beware--always confirm the chipset before you buy. The good news is a lot of wireless adapters have native Linux support, and for those that don't, the NdisWrapper utility lets you use the Windows drivers on your Linux box.

"The adapters to look for are based on Prism radio chipsets. The 802.11b chipsets are best-supported and easiest to use; drivers are included in the Linux kernel, and they should work out of the box if you selected the right package group--usually 'laptop'--at installation.

"There are Linux drivers and utilities for CiscoAironet 350 adapters, which are available for download from Cisco's Web site, and are also built into the kernel..."

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