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Aitch


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Apr 2011, 13:05    Post subject:  

tempestuous/others

This may be useful to identify many wifi cards, but not sure drivers yet....

http://www.linlap.com/wiki/linux+wireless+chipset+detector

tempestuous,

maybe worth contacting the dev...?


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Apr 2011, 16:50    Post subject:  

Frank78 wrote:
01:0f.0 0200: 11ab:2a01 (rev 43)

Yes, that's definitely a Marvell Libertas 88W8335 wifi chipset, for which there's currently no native Linux driver.

When trying ndiswrapper, it's essential that the "inf" file you load is located in the same directory as the other supporting Windows driver files (eg. "sys" and "cat" files). This is because the inf file references those other files.

It appears that Linux support for the Marvell 8835 chipset is planned for the future, probably to be incorporated into the mwl8k driver. I see on the linuxwireless mailing list that the all-important firmware has been authorised to be redistributed by Marvell.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Apr 2011, 16:52    Post subject:  

Aitch wrote:
maybe worth contacting the dev...?

Not as far as I'm concerned.
That utility is obviously doing what I already ask of users; determine the the device ID. This ultimately determines driver compatibility.
Knowing the name of the wifi chipset is secondary, and less useful.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Apr 2011, 20:08    Post subject:  

Ok great. Thanks for your help. Basically I will be reinstalling Windows XP and will also be installing Puppy. Once I work out where my driver is I'm Windows, I will try ndiswrapper again.

I just need to download service pack 3 before I do the Windows reinstall. But I am impressed with Puppy so far and hope to use it for some music production and basic photo/video editing.

Security wise, if I browse the web via Puppy, how easy is it for viruses to infect my files? I was considering doing a frugal install on my data partition (i.e. Windows and program files on c drive but data and puppy on d).

I've read instructions on creating separate partitions for Puppy and for a swap file etc but not sure what the benefits are.
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Apr 2011, 01:31    Post subject:  

About year ago I lost XP drivers for wlg-pcm/II wireless pc card. Don't ask how, but they were gone for ever.Embarassed I had and I still have original drivers on cd, but I was needing updated drivers to use WPA connection. And manufacturers download link was broken for ever, I thought.Evil or Very Mad

I studied my card specs: age, latest date for drivers, appearance, properties, etc. Then I googled and googled, and finally found same card with different name and tapes Shocked: TEW-421PC (Version B1.1R). Then I downloaded driver package and unzipped XP drivers: Marvell 88w8335 [Libertas], and put them to some folder.

Now I have a reliable WPA connection in XP, Quirky and Wary (ndiswrapper, classic wizard), but not in Lupu-520,525 (SNS connects more often than classic, but OS freezes all the time).

Any comments?Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Apr 2011, 03:54    Post subject:  

Frank78 wrote:
Once I work out where my driver is in Windows, I will try ndiswrapper again.

Yes, sometimes the driver files cannot easily be extracted from the vendor-supplied installer.
I just had a look at the Marvell driver files from a similar wifi device (TrendNet TEW-423PI) amd these are the 4 files I see:

mrv8335.cat
mrv8335.inf
MRV8335.sys
MRV8335XP.sys

... but unfortunately different vendors change the names of the driver files. For example, Netgear uses "NET" as prefix, and Linksys uses "LS" as prefix.
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PostPosted: Sat 09 Apr 2011, 16:39    Post subject:  

Netgear WN111v2
Puppy ver. - Lupu 5.01 and above.
Interface: USB.
Chipset: Atheros AR9170?
Device Driver (name & source): Came with Lupu, presumably ar9170usb based on what HardInfo says.
WiFi Protocols that work (A, B, G, N): Confirmed working with N, data sheet says device also supports B and G.
Security Protocols confirmed working (WEP, WPA, WPA2): WPA2-PSK, data sheet says it also supports WPA-PSK and WEP 64 & 128 bit.
Configured with (Wizard, Ndiswrapper, Manual, Other?): Network Wizard.

Notes & Issues: Worked straight out of the box without needing to download additional drivers, all I needed to do was configure it in Network Wizard (my network is set up using static IP addresses with DHCP off so it didn't set up automatically and I didn't use SNS). Works exceptionally well with Merlin (see sig), seemingly at the same or better speed as in XP using the official Netgear drivers although I haven't benchmarked this so can't say for certain. Not managed to get it to work properly with Zhaan, although this is most likely due to that machine being an 'experienced' AMD K6-2 500 machine with USB 1.1 only or something to do with the location.

Edit: Corrected typo. Well spotted tempestuous!

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PostPosted: Sat 09 Apr 2011, 20:20    Post subject:  

Jades wrote:
Netgear WN111v2
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Chipset: Atheros AN9170?

That's AR9170.


Jades wrote:
Device Driver (name & source): Came with Lupu, presumably an9170usb based on what HardInfo says.

The Linux driver is ar9170usb. You can see this from your "lsmod" results, and you should also see the ar9170usb module listed in the Network Wizard.
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2011, 15:27    Post subject: Netgear WG111v3  

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2011, 19:02    Post subject: 3G Huewai E160 (UK Providers - O2 & 3)  

Device Name & version (from package or device): Huawei E160
Puppy versions tested: Aquila Puppy (built from Woof using the latest Debian release at this time)
Interface (USB, PCMCIA, PCI, mini-PCI?): USB
Chipset: NA
Device Driver (name & source): NA
WiFi Protocols that work (A, B, G, N): untested
Security Protocols confirmed working (WEP, WPA, WPA2): untested
Configured with (Wizard, Ndiswrapper, Manual, Other?): PGRPS Wizard
Posted by & date: Alucinary 27/4/2011
Location of Original Post: UK
Notes & Issues: I found the following details necessary for my O2 service provider -
serial modem device file: /dev/ttyUSB0
apn: m-bb.o2.co.uk
username: o2bb
password: password
phone number: *99#
phone pin: [BLANK]

also unfortunately in order to get it to connect successfully i had to manually navigate to the options file [/etc/ppp/options] and alter the baud rate to 9600. it would then connect fine using the pgprs-connect. I have not been able to try the wireless router in this device, only the 3G...

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Apr 2011, 14:45    Post subject:  

Alucinary

9600 [9.6kb] baud rate is way too slow for 3G which is a 3.6/7.2Mb capable device

see http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=431074#431074

or pm rerwin - dialup/wireless/3G modem guru

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Apr 2011, 16:17    Post subject: re 9600  

Thanks; I also thought 9600 sounded too low when I initially tried it!

however... I had read on an O2 troubleshooting forum that this setting worked for other linux distros - I do not profess to understand why, but the device certainly isn't running at this speed as I am able to happily stream BBC iPlayer videos and Spotify tracks without buffering problems.

None the less I shall happily read the thread that you suggest and would be happy to help rerwin test their code Smile

Incidentally, Puppy Linux is the only OS that I have reliably had this device working for now - even Windows for which it was designed fails regularly (I think that is more the O2 software more than anything though)

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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jun 2011, 12:09    Post subject: WUSB300N  

Hello! First post here, but enough with the small talk!

I did not see this USB adapter listed in the first post so....

Device Name & version : Linksys WUSB300N
Puppy versions tested: Wary 5.1.2
Interface : USB
Chipset: TOPDOG by Marvell
Device Driver : netmw245.inf
WiFi Protocols that work (A, B, G, N): B, G, N
Security Protocols confirmed working (WEP, WPA, WPA2): WPA2
Configured with (Wizard, Ndiswrapper, Manual, Other?): Ndiswrapper
Notes & Issues: When configuring this adapter on any linux distro I have found I can only use the driver directly from the install disc.
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul 2011, 00:08    Post subject:  

OK, so I skimmed the list a bit...

Suppose that you don't have a wireless card yet.

Suppose that you want to buy a brand new USB dongle, that supports WEP thru WPA2... And will operate under Lupu 5.20, correctly identified.

Don't want any mucking around (no windows drivers, etc), just plug it, run the configurator, and start cruising the web...

So, which brand/model would you buy if you were doing it today?

What might also be interesting is, what brands/models would you not buy?

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul 2011, 07:05    Post subject:  

RTG

Good question

I'd answer by saying, 'It depends on the use you are going to put it to and location'

At home I have broadband, but occasionally test wifi - but only 54G not N

When I visit friends I often find they have N routers so I can get faster connections using an N dongle

I also spend a lot of time traveling, or on a boat so have a 1 watt [High power, with booster aerial] dongle for that, which also does N data rate, and with good long range connectivity

I prefer dongles that use Ralink chipsets, as they seem better supported

Of the 'mainstream' dongles, often supplied with routers, I might surprise some, but I wouldn't buy/use Belkin, as I had no end of trouble, with poor connections and dropouts, but found Linksys to be OK

This is a useful page for anyone asking the same question

http://users.linpro.no/janl/hardware/wifi.html

later info

http://linux-wless.passys.nl/

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