On Thu, 15 May 2008 06:54:53 -0500 Walter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > (Sorry Roland; re-sending after I noticed my reply went directly > to you rather than the List.) > > Roland Smith wrote: > > >On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 12:23:44PM -0500, Walter wrote: > > > > > >> <>I'm trying to get a Broadcom-based wireless-N card running > >> under FBSD 7. ... > > > > See Chapter 20 of the FreeBSD handbook, especially §20.2. > > 20 is The Vinum Volume Manager > <http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/vinum-vinum.html>. > Did you mean 29 Advanced Networking > <http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/advanced-networking.html>, > > and 29.3 Wireless Networking > <http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/network-wireless.html>? > Or http://www.freebsd.org/releases/7.0R/hardware.html#ETHERNET > > >>If "N" isn't supported, is there any problem anyone knows about > >>with the LevelOne WNC0301 or with LinkSys WMP54G cards? > >>CircuitCity has the LevelOne for $25 and the WMP54G for $39. > >>Can someone advise me? > >> > >> > > > >The problem is that a lot of wireless manufacturers have the habit of > >changing wireless chipsets without changing model numbers. So a > >revision X might work while revision Y won't. > > > >Try and look at the card. Sometimes the chipset is visible and you > >can look for it in the manual pages. But often it is enclosed in a > >metal cover. > > > >In my experience, asking shop clerks which chipset a card uses only > >produces puzzled looks. > > > >Second best thing is to download the driver for the revision of the > >card that you want to buy. Unpack the driver and read the .inf > >files. That will probably yield the chipset type. If not, use > >strings(1) on the drivers themselves. > > > >Roland > > > > > It's a crap shoot? Yikes. I guess I'll just pick one and take > my chances, but - no fault to FBSD - it appears to be a sorry > state of affairs in the computer driver arena. I can guess > the latest rev listed on the support web site is what I'll get > when I buy the box?? (Maybe not, as I got a rev A router > last December when the latest was rev B.) Later I'll work > on getting the driver downloaded and unpacked on my > Windows machine (as my Mac won't process those .exe > files). > > Did I read that there's a way to use Windows drivers in FBSD 7? > There are places I can download those for XP/Vista, so if I could > use those - even if they're not the optimal solution - it'll get me > going.
I have done something similar to that myself. Go to the linksys site and download the latest available driver for your card. Then visit: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/config-network-setup.html and follow the directions there. -- “Gerard” [EMAIL PROTECTED] THE DAILY PLANET SUPERMAN SAVES DESSERT! Plans to "Eat it later"
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