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    anyone used ndis wrapper in linux

    Has anyone used ndis wrapper in Linux before and have they had success with it?

    I am using Mandrake 10.1 and I have the wireless PCI card D-link dwl 520e card. There are so many people having trouble getting it to work.

    I read that the ndis wrapper somehow uses the windows drivers in Linux. I have it working perfectly in XP Home. I tried to read up on it but I'm at work behind a firewall and can't get to most places. I'll check further into it when I get home and can do some research.

    Any ideas on if using ndis wrapper will work and how easy is it to use?

    Thanks Charlie
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    yup I use it in my dell 9100 in gentoo linux

    its very simple to use, you will need the kernel src for your kernel you are using.

    So id check /usr/src and see if linux is there and or somthing like linux-2.4.22 or somthing, cause if its not there then you will need to get the source for your exact kernel from mandrak. ndiswrapper compiles intothe kernel as a module, then after you compile it and install it, you load it with the windows driver. then you can setup your card with iwconfig, test it with iwlist

    then go download ndiswrapper from there site, get the latest version 11_pre I think it is, and follow the INSTALL doc. Its very simple


    http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/

    you will need to get the windows drivers and extract them if it is a exe or zip, and you will need the .sys and .inf files.

    here is the install help
    http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/w...p?Installation




    Card: D-Link DWL-G520
    Chipset: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
    pciid: 168c:0013 (rev 01)
    Other: Works with WEP and WPA with TKIP cipher

    is supported
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    Thanks for the reply,
    I'll check into a little later when I get time.

    But it's nice to know it's available and it works.

    These little Linux projects get pushed to side because they are time consuming for me and for now it a second operating system.

    Would like to be able to say goodbye to windows though.....

    I think Linux is getting a lot closer now....

    Thanks again for the reply
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    hmmm my dwl 520e pci card isn't on the list of cards that ndis is supposed to support. The is a card that is equivalent to it's the card that is for a laptop cardbus card i think. I think I will try and find out about that one and see if it's supported
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    u can try to install it still if it works great ya_know

    just get the drivers and make sure when you extract the drivers that there is a inf and ini files not just all cab files

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    I downloaded ndiswrapper and gave that a try. No go. My card wasn't listed in the cards it supports.

    I went to and go another card a Belking fd57000 PCI card. A tech at CompUSA said it should work right out of the box. I found out it uses the broadcom chip. This looks like it is another card that has limited support.

    I'm gonna take it back and try another card. Does anyone know of any cards that work good right out of the box. I use Mandrake community 10.1.

    I think I might try a netgear usb one I heard someone say it worked ok.

    Anyone know of a card that comes close to working right out of the box.

    If I'm gonna pay about 50$ for one I want one that I doesn't take a week to set up.

    Thanks Charlie
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    cisco aironet cards

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    Finally got my Linux working in wireless.
    Just went and got a new card. I got a netgear wg311t. It cost a little more than I wanted to pay but it works good in Linux.

    It used a Atheros chipset so I used the Mafwifi drivers. They work very well.
    Oh, I think they are a lot cheaper than the cisco ones. The prices I saw on Cisco were pretty high.

    Anyway, the drivers work very well and now my card connects every time at startup. I have a netgear router (b) and now since I have the faster card I'm thinking about going with a faster router. My router has been rock solid so I would hate to give up something that works well and take a chance on a piece of hardware. A friend of mine has a linksys router with just ethernet and he has to reset that thing daily if not more. Maybe, it's just a bad apple.

    But, I'm online with my wireless so I'm a happy camper
    Last edited by charlescpc; November 30th, 2004 at 12:02 AM.
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