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Q: Wireless PCI Cards that work with Mandrake Linux ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Wireless PCI Cards that work with Mandrake Linux
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: bakegoodz-ga
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Posted: 02 Dec 2003 15:39 PST
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Question ID: 282809
What Wireless PCI Cards work well with Mandrake Linux and also Airsnort?
Subject: Re: Wireless PCI Cards that work with Mandrake Linux
Answered By: haversian-ga on 25 Dec 2003 13:35 PST
Good afternoon bakegoodz-ga,

Linux support for 802.11b (the most common standard) is fairly good
these days.  Support for 802.11a (faster; older; used to be very
expensive) is spotty with some chipsets supported, but not many. 
802.11g is fairly new, so support there will vary with specific
chipsets as well.

Mandrake linux support in particular can be checked at Mandrake's
hardware compatability page, located ( ).

Since the various linux distributions are all quite similar at a basic
level, you may be well-served by checking other hardware compatability
lists, such as RedHat's ( ).  The
drivers and kernel modules are usually fairly portable between

Approaching the problem from the other side - that is, which cards
have the best linux support, you should look at Proxim/Orinoco cards,
which are well-supported.

There is an excellent page here ( ) that discusses
many different manufacturers' cards, and the drivers and procedures
for getting everything working.  The best support will be found for
Orinoco cards, and those cards using the various Atheros chipsets.

Airsnort indicates that it works with Cisco Aironet cards, and
Proxim/Orinoco cards.  Other cards which can operate in what is known
as "promiscuous mode" will work as well, but your best bet is to stick
with these two.


Search terms:
Mandrake hardware compatability list
Mandrake 802.11 support
Mandrake wifi support
Subject: Re: Wireless PCI Cards that work with Mandrake Linux
From: df5jt-ga on 21 Dec 2003 07:26 PST
Most 'modern' wireless cards will work with Mandrake Linux or other
Linux distribution. I would suggest you look for a card with a well
known and supported chipset. The prism2 chipset is one of these and
manufacturers such as D-Link use it. It is cheap and works with Linux,
also with airsnort.

I would also suggest you get yourself a PCI --> PCMCIA adaptor and use
a PCMCIA card. Some PCI wlan cards use a weird standard that requires
specific motherboards. These cards are usually NOT supported by Linux.

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