[Soekris] 802.11g PCI or Mini-PCI for net4801?
stu at spacehopper.org
Tue Mar 29 11:32:58 UTC 2005
--On 29 March 2005 11:59 +0200, Johan Dahlberg wrote:
> I'm trying to figure out/decide which way to go for adding wireless
> connectivity to my net4801. I've googled around for some time now but
> can't seem to find anything good. So I tought maybe someone on this
> list can help me. :-)
> I'd like 802.11g, and the card must be supported by Linux (2.6) too.
> the 4801 will be acting as an access point, not a client or ad-hoc. If
> it's possible, a wireless nic supporting 108mbps 11g would be nice..
> Should I go for PCI or Mini-PCI?
> Links to retailers (Sweden and/or Europe) would be nice!
<https://kd85.com/soekris.html> in Belgium have various Mini-PCI cards
- Atheros 802.11a/b/g (and Prism 802.11b) and rp-tnc pigtails/antennas
(you'll need to make holes in the 4801 case).
<http://solwise.co.uk/wireless-mini-pci.htm> have various cards, mostly
Atheros-based (Wistron, Engenius, etc), also Agere(Lucent) 802.11b
Mini-PCI. Their pigtails/antennas are mostly RP-SMA rather than RP-TNC;
it's a smaller connector, so you won't need to make such a large hole
(this is probably a benefit for you, but a disadvantage for someone
with a case which already has TNC-sized holes).
With PCI cards, it is often difficult to identify the chipset used
before purchase (companies often change chip without making it obvious
on the packaging). It would be wise to only purchase PCI cards from
somewhere which will allow you to return them for a refund if the
chipset is not supported.
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