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Drake01

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Which Wpa-compatible Card To Buy?
« on: April 26, 2007, 10:42:02 pm »
I've got a Symbol Spectrum24 LA-4137 WiFi card right now.  My old wireless router only supports WEP, and I'm pretty sure the CF card can't be made to support WPA, either.  So, I'm considering upgrading both.

What would you recommend as a good, low-power CF WiFi card that supports WPA?  I've heard that my current Symbol card is pretty good as far as power consumption, and I'd prefer to invest in a new card that is also frugal on power.  I don't believe 802.11g is an option for CF cards on pdaXrom, or I'd definitely go that route.

I've been trying to follow the various threads on wireless cards, but it would be nice to just hear some recommendations from people who are happy with the cards they're using.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 10:45:29 pm »
I'm a real networking noob, but from reading and re-reading many posts here and in Sharp forum, the Ambicom card is very compatible. It supports WPA, is very small and low power and worked out of the box for both my Cacko Z and my pdaxii13 Z
The card name is Ambicom WL1100C-CF
In pic, Ambicom card is on far right.
I got my Ambicom wifi card at streamlinecpus
(I tried Staples, since I got my other 2 Ambicom cards at Staples, but Staples doesn't list this wifi card now)
EDIT:
A little info on my Ambicom card purchased this January 2007
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My Ambicom shows using "hostap_diag wlan0"
    NICID: id=0x801b v1.0.0 (PRISM III (2.5) PCMCIA (SST parallel flash))
    PRIID: id=0x0015 v1.1.0 (primary firmware)
    STAID: id=0x001f v1.8.0 (station firmware) or (secondary firmware)

My Ambicom shows in dmesg:
    wlan0: NIC: id=0x801b v1.0.0
    wlan0: PRI: id=0x15 v1.1.1
    wlan0: STA: id=0x1f v1.8.0
« Last Edit: April 27, 2007, 11:47:20 am by Jon_J »
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 09:36:14 am »
Hi,

I am quite happy with my D-Link DCF-660W. It is quite old, I already used it together with my previous router which supported only WEP.
When I got my new router I thought I would have to buy a new card for my Z or try to da a firmware-upgrade, but it worked right away.  

I just had to set up wpa_supplicant.

Cheers,
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007, 02:53:04 pm »
Quote
Hi,

I am quite happy with my D-Link DCF-660W. It is quite old, I already used it together with my previous router which supported only WEP.
When I got my new router I thought I would have to buy a new card for my Z or try to da a firmware-upgrade, but it worked right away.   

I just had to set up wpa_supplicant.

Cheers,
Jan
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I've got the Planex GW-CF11X CF Wi-fi card.   It is the center card in the picture above this post.  

I followed the directions on [a href=\"http://www.tyrannozaurus.com/?q=cacko]http://www.tyrannozaurus.com/?q=cacko[/url] (search the page for wpa) but on Pdaxii13 on an Sl-C1000.    

A few tips on setting up wpa in Pdaxii13 are:
1) There is no /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts file.   It's wireless.opts.  
2) The line "WPA=" doesn't exist by default in any wireless scheme, you have to add it.  
3) Make sure to grab the wpa-supplicant and readline ipks from http://www.tyrannozaurus.com/feed/beta3/feed/.  If not, you'll never find /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf and the associated utilities as referenced.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2007, 02:54:24 pm by portalgod »
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