[ltp] 802.11b cards

Dimitris Kogias linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 31 Dec 2003 09:31:46 -0800

Is it a V1/V2 or V3?  They changed the chipset on the V3 card to an 
Atmel one.  I had trouble getting it to work under 2.4 kernels as the 
driver is not bundled, at least from kernel.org.  2.6 has it though. 
However, IIRC you'll need to get the firmware file separately and set up 
the interface so that it loads it when the module is loaded, because 
this chipset requires the firmware to be loaded each time the card is 
initialized by the driver.  Then again, I run Debian, other distros may 
have bundled the firmware file and/or the driver for 2.4.

Another thing:  I use the 2632W on my "gateway" machine (an old 
Thinkpad).  My "main" machine uses a Cisco mini-pci 350 which talks to 
the SMC in adhoc mode.  Occasionally (about once a day) they stop 
communicating, with the Cisco card reporting there's no signal.  This 
can only be fixed by cycling the SMC card (ifdown/ifup).  I haven't 
tried to find out why it's happening and it may be a problem with the 
Cisco card/driver, but thought I should mention it.  YMMV of course.


Syd Hancock wrote:
>>I have an SMC2623W card 
> Oops. That should be SMC2632W - sorry for the typo.
> Syd