4.a.1 - Wireless Card Compatibility

By far the most common question that comes with people who are new to DSL is, "Will my wireless card work?"

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is, it may take a little work, but you will be pleased with the results.

Here is a list of known cards that work "out of the box" so to speak. Little or no config required.

Accton WN 3101J
Atheros 802.11b/g (IBM OEM Mini PCI in T41,42)
Belkin F5D7000 54G PCI
Belkin F5D6020 v2
Cisco Aironet 350
DSE (Dick Smith Electronics) W-Lan card XH7918
D-Link DWL-122 USB
Linksys WPC11 (all but v.4.0)
Linksys WCP11 v.3
Linksys WUSB11 Ver 2.5
Lucent Orinoco Gold
Microsoft MN-510 USB
Netgear MA311 (all versions)
Netgear MA401 (all versions)
Netgear USB MA111 (v1 and v2)
Orinoco Gold v8.72
SMC 2453
WaveBuddy 11WP-611AL 802.11b PC Card

These cards won't work out of the box, but most of them work with ndiswrapper, drivers from the manufacturer's site, or with a little work.

Airlink+ model #WLH3010 802.11g PCI (Broadcom chipset)
Belkin F5D7000
Blitzz Net Wave Point PC 802.11b PCMCIA
Edimax EW-7126 (RTL-8180 chip)
Gigafast 741-UIC usb / Zydas 1201 chipset
Intel Pro Wireless 2100 (requires "firmware" from ipw2100.sourceforge.net)
Linksys G54
Linksys WCP11 V4.0
Linksys WPC51AB
Linksys WPC54G ver 2 PCMCIA (works with ndiswrapper)
SMC 2635W pcmcia / ADMtek
Syntax USB 400 / Prism 3
US Robotics 2210 PCI
US Robotics 5416
VCTnet AirXpress PC11BR (with driver compiled from www.realtek.com)
Xterasys XN-2422g

Most every card will work with DSL. The easiest are the "Prism 2" and "Orinco" chipsets.

All but the most exotic cards can be made to work. Especially with ndiswrapper.