Best pcmcia wifi card?

Freddie Cash fcash-ml at
Fri Jan 7 13:52:22 PST 2005

On January 7, 2005 01:40 pm, Dmitri DB wrote:
> I have just gone through two different wifi cards for my laptop and
> they both didn't work for freeBSD. The first one was a d-link DWL-600
> (i think) and I could only get it working through ndiswrapper, and
> even then I wanted one with monitoring mode. For christmas I asked
> for an orinoco card because I was told they are good, but again, I
> got one that is unsupported under freeBSD and no monitoring mode
> (It's a proxim a/b combocard that isnt even supported by proxim
> anymore)

> Anyways, I need some suggestions. Can anyone suggest a good pcmcia
> wifi card that both works under freeBSD and has monitoring mode? My
> primary aim for using it is probably just for finding access points
> and the like so one that supports monitoring mode is a must.

I don't know about monitoring mode as I've never tried to use it (and 
have no idea what it is), but the D-Link DWL-G650 revisions B and C, 
and the NetGEAR WG511T are well-support, Atheros-based Cardbus cards.  
I've got these working with FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE, 5.3-RELEASE + Sam's 
net80211 patches, and 6-CURRENT (they also work very nicely in Windows 
98SE and XP w/ and w/o SP2).  Gives me very nice, stable, 54 Mbit/s 
connections using WEP and WPA (6-CURRENT) to a D-Link DI-624 router.

Freddie Cash, CCNT CCLP        Helpdesk / Network Support Tech.
School District 73             (250) 377-HELP [377-4357]
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