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    Choices for new wireless lan

    Well, I may be getting dsl soon and we have 3 or 4 comps in my house we want to hook up with a wireless lan. I was wondering what standard is going to be good...theres the good ol 802.11b 10mbps ones but theres also that new 802.11g stuff and some one i recently only first saw...some kind that uses the 2.4ghz bandwidth (its only like 11 or 22 mbps tho). So, which one is the most reliable (ive heard bad stuff so far about 802.11g)and one I should get? Oh, almost forgot, I wanna be sure that even though all the machines have windows on them that they work with linux cuz my main machine is dual-boot.
    -CJ

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    Re:Choices for new wireless lan

    I have an 802.11b - it's common and really easy to set up. Works on my XP and Mandrake system great.

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    If you are willing to pay for 802.11g, by all means get it! Much more secure than 802.11a, and 802.11b.

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    Okay, since I am going to be in this market too, how well are the common (Linksys, Netgear, D-Link) W-NICS supported for 802.11g? And how cheap can I grab an AP and a card (let you guess why just one card ....)

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    and what brand names usually work well with linux?
    -CJ
    P.S. can a wireless router work without being connected to a computer that's on all the time?

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    [quote author=cj171 link=board=4;threadid=6586;start=0#62058 date=1047788929]
    and what brand names usually work well with linux?
    -CJ
    P.S. can a wireless router work without being connected to a computer that's on all the time?
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    I would presume so. All an AP is is a wireless NIC's hub.

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    Can anyone recommend me a good PCMCIA wireless nic that works well with Linux.

    I don't know much about the standards, so I would like some input into this too - we just got wireless at my school and they are very eager to switch all the students laptops to wireless so the normal wired network can be for the school property PCs only.

    I assume the standards are somewhat backwards comp. and I'm used to my current PCMCIA nic only being 10MBit so speed isn't all that important (nice but I value connection stability more).

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    D-LINK
    DFE-580TX
    DGE-500T
    DE-220
    DE-220ECAT
    DE-500CAT
    DFE-500TX Fast Ethernet
    DE-528
    DE-530+
    DE-530CT
    DE-600
    DFE-650TXD
    DFE-690TXD (wireless)
    DFE-530TX+ revision D1 and D2 (wireless)
    DWL-500 (wireless)
    DWL-650 (wireless)


    Linksys
    WMP11-CA(ENG)-Instant Wireless PCI Card
    WCF11-Instant Wireless Network CF Card
    WPC11-CA(FR)-Instant Wireless Network Adapter
    WPC11-Instant Wireless Network Adapter
    WPC11 -Instant Wireless Network Adapter
    WUSB11-Instant Wireless USB Network Adapter
    WPC11-CA(ENG)-Instant Wireless Network Adapter
    WUSB11-CA(FR)-Instant Wireless USB Network Adapter
    WUSB11-Instant Wireless USB Network Adapter -
    WMP11-CA(FR)-Instant Wireless PCI Card
    WPC11-Instant Wireless Network PC Card


    Netgear
    FA411 (wireless)
    FA511 (wireless)
    FA310TX Fast Ethernet

    Orinoco Wireless Adaptor

    update : included all of the wireless cards I could find that had driver links

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    Netgear Model HA501 802.11a Wireless 32-bit Card Bus Adapter

    Looks good, but a tad expensive, what's this 802.11g standard, is it just paranoia mode protocol for 802.11a ?

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