From: Wesley Darlington (wesley at domain blackstar.co.uk)
Date: Sat 09 Jun 2001 - 17:39:33 IST
On Sat, Jun 09, 2001 at 01:00:52PM +0100, Barry Redmond wrote:
> Anyone any suggestions on good sources for wireless lan
> hardware? I'm looking for a base station and a couple of (linux
> compatible) pcmcia cards. List prices seem to be v high. There
> must be lower price stuff (that still works) somewhere !
I like apple base stations. A java configurator is available if you
don't keep a wireless-enabled mac about the place. (*)
I use a buffalo pcmcia card in my laptop and a d-link dwl-500 in
my pee cee. The d-link is a dwl-650 pcmcia card and a ricoh pcmcia
to pci adapter.
The base station cost me UKP230 (apple.com/uk), the buffalo card
cost work about UKP120 (insight, iirc) and the d-link card combo
cost me about UKP150 (dabs).
> Are there any issues with using 802.11 cards with Linux? I
> presume drivers for common cards are available.
Both the buffalo and dlink cards can use the wvlan_cs driver. It is
part of the pcmcia-cs package.
(*) Something I have discovered about apple base stations (and, I
assume, base stations in general) is that they won't talk to other
wireless base stations wirelessly. :-( When your wireless ethernet
is in base station mode, one node is first among equals, the base
station. Apple base stations insist on being The One.
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