802.11g and 5.X

Paul Robinson paul at iconoplex.co.uk
Thu Feb 12 14:28:39 GMT 2004

On Thu, Feb 12, 2004 at 02:06:43PM +0000, Simon Dick wrote:

> Strange, but this is the nearest bit of useful info I've found on that:
> http://unix.derkeiler.com/Mailing-Lists/FreeBSD/hackers/2003-11/0078.html
> The card I'm getting seems to be supported, if not I can use the NDIS
> driver hack until it's supported natively I guess.

You think that's bizzare? I just got decent technical documentation for 
FreeBSD from a page on amazon.com !!!


"Linux and FreeBSD users must use either 'Netgear WAG511 802.11a/b/g Dual 
Band Wireless PC Card' or 'Netgear WG511 Wireless 802.11g PC Card' for best 
results, as both cards have new, well-written drivers for FreeBSD (part of 
the latest distribution) and Linux."

The WG511 comes in a "WG511T" package as well, which apparently uses a
different chipset. I'm guessing that could lead to problems. Therefore this


or this one:


The difference is the first one appears to be b/g only, and the latter will
apparently handle a/b/g so useful for trips to the states, etc. Not cheap
though (well, the first card is half the price of the first one), and I'm
not sure whether I can trust Amazon for technical advice relating to chipset
compatability with -CURRENT.

I may well give the WAG511 a go and see how far I get...

Paul Robinson

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