Chipset and Driver Links

Some of you may be aware of other Linux-capable wireless chipsets that are not mentioned here (Zydas 1211, for example), and you may be wondering why. Since many people do not want to waste time hunting for an obsolescent or no-longer-produced chipset, we don't cover those chipsets without a significant presence in the market or whose makers are no longer functioning as going-concerns. Case in point: Zydas was bought out by Atheros in August 2006.

Of course, you can find these more obscure chipsets if desired. At this point, you may ask, "How do you know which particular WNIC contains which particular chipset?" Although trial-and-error purchasing and testing is an option, this is an expensive way to do things! So we've made things a little easier by listing the open-source driver projects for the chipsets mentioned in the preceding pages. These projects have lists of what cards have been found to contain the chipsets that work with the various open-source drivers:

Atheros Reference Design

Linux driver http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/GettingMadwifi

Hardware list http://madwifi.org/wiki/Compatibility

Conexant Prism GT

Linux driver

http://prism54.org/newdrivers.html (SoftMAC) http://prism54.org/fullmac.html (FullMAC)

Hardware list

Intel Centrino

Linux driver

http://securitystartshere.org/page-training-oswa-wnics-prism54.htm

http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/downloads.php http://sourceforge.net/projects/ipw2200-ap (to run in AP mode)

Hardware list

Ralink RT2400 / RT2500 / RT2570 / RT73

Linux driver

Hardware list

Zydas 1211 USB-based 802.11b/a/g WNIC

Linux driver

Hardware list

Any laptop bearing the Intel Centrino sticker (Note: Laptops produced circa 2007 and later might instead be using the Intel 3945 wireless chipset, successor to the 2200)

http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/ Downloads

http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/ Hardware

http://zd1211.ath.cx

http://zydas.rapla.net http://zd1211.ath.cx

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