Best pcmcia wifi card?
spadger at spadger.best.vwh.net
Fri Jan 7 14:29:10 PST 2005
On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 01:40:22PM -0800, 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.
The Prism 2.x chipset, like a Compaq WL100 or an Orinocco Silver
or Gold card (you can flash a Silver card to suport 128-bit WEP,
then it's a Gold card), is most likely what you want.
Note that these are all 16-bit 802.11b cards using the 'wi' driver,
and usable with 'dstumbler' from the 'bsd-airtools' port; Way
obsolete now. The Seattle free wireless web site has pointers to
generic Taiwanese cards using this chipset.
I'm not aware of any a/g cards with support for monitor mode - which
isn't to say that they don't exist.
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