Sudden need for a wireless card for 5.3

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Wed Jun 15 23:33:54 GMT 2005

On 6/14/05, Mike Meyer <mwm at> wrote:
> I suddenly find myself in need of a wireless card for a 5.3 desktop box.
> Anyone want to recommend something?

PLANET WL-8310, $30:

IIRC this was the cheapest WLAN card I could find that supported
FreeBSD's hostap mode. It's listed as having an Atheros chipset in the
Linux hostap WLAN list and IIRC I did some fact checking (think maybe
it was the FCC report) and it DID have a FreeBSD supported atheros
chipset. I was going to buy this card and test it but haven't got
around to it yet, this was back in the late fall of last year.

Otherwise you could look for a Prism2/2.5/3 chipset based card. Check
out the following man pages; ath, wi, and wlan.

If you want a grep'able' copy of the Linux wlan list (76K, ASCII text)
email me. I had to pull it in HTML form off the website (I can't
remember which site though?) and manually format it. it lists 5
things; company name, what wifi it supports i.g. 802.11b or 802.11a
etc., model number, interface type i.g. PC-Card, CardBus, PCI,
Mini-PCI, etc., and what chipset it uses.

I can post it here if you want but like I said earlier, it's 76KB's of
plain text.

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