View Full Version : Wireless NIC support Fedora 8

16th January 2008, 04:05 AM
I just moved into a studio apartment, and I can only receive wireless internet connection to my desktop computer. I was wondering if there is any preferred brand name for a wireless nic card that I can add to my computer that would be supported and work with Fedora v.8?

Any suggestions? I always buy wired linksys nic cards. But I don't know what the wireless nic card support is like for Fedora 8. I don't want to buy a nic that's going to be a pain in the .... any proffered nics or any suggestion on wireless nic brand name?


16th January 2008, 05:16 AM
I have two wireless cards running in my Thinkpad. One is the onboard Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG and the second is a pcmcia Netgear Wg511 card. I have the intel up and running with wpa2 encryption hidden ssid and the whole deal the way I wanted. It wasn't easy though and it won't work in monitor mode for me at the moment.

The Netgear card is of the Prism54 chipset. I only had to download the appropriate firmware and used the driver that was already in Fedora 8. It even works in monitor mode for kismet, and the new aircrack-ng suite. Can surf and run Kismet at the same time on the other interface....it is pretty slick.

IMHO look for an adapter with the Prism54 chip. I have had this one for a few years now and I am not up2date on the availability but I have never had an adapter that was easier to setup in Linux than this one. Hope this helps a little

16th January 2008, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the reply. My intention is to put a PCI wireless adapter into my desktop computer. I tried to searching for the chipset that you told me about. I don't know how to find that particular chipset other than calling the Netgear company. Do you have any suggestions on any of the PCI wireless adapters?


29th January 2008, 04:14 AM
Look into the Atheros chipset. It is supported by the Madwifi driver (although I think it is considered "non-free" and you will need a third party repository for yum like livna). It worked perfectly when I installed Ubuntu "Dapper Drake" and it still works now with Fedora 7. Go to <a href=http://madwifi.org>madwifi.org<a> for a list of cards using the Atheros chipset and how well they work.

Also, look into the intel wireless chipsets. I just installed Fedora 8 on a less than 1 year old Dell laptop with an intel chipset and wireless worked out of the box without any tweaking.