Manufacturer documented wireless NIC's

2007-01-21 Thread Patrick Bowen
I'm looking to replace the Realtek rtl8185 mini-PCI wireless NIC in my 
laptop, and I was wondering about what to replace it with.


Could anyone tell me who the manufacturers are that support their chips 
with documentation available to FreeBSD for the writing of drivers, 
please. I believe that Ralink and Atmel are in that category, according 
to the googling I've been able to do.


I'd like to support those manufacturers that support FreeBSD.

Thanks in Advance,
Patrick
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Re: Manufacturer documented wireless NIC's

2007-01-21 Thread Jason Morgan
On Sun, Jan 21, 2007 at 07:06:16PM -0600, Patrick Bowen wrote:
 I'm looking to replace the Realtek rtl8185 mini-PCI wireless NIC in my 
 laptop, and I was wondering about what to replace it with.
 
 Could anyone tell me who the manufacturers are that support their chips 
 with documentation available to FreeBSD for the writing of drivers, 
 please. I believe that Ralink and Atmel are in that category, according 
 to the googling I've been able to do.
 
 I'd like to support those manufacturers that support FreeBSD.
 
 Thanks in Advance,
 Patrick

Check out:

# man ath_hal

I've been pretty happy with *built-in* ath(4)/ath_hal(4) NICs. I have
no experience with PCMCIA (or whatever they are called) versions.

Cheers,

Jason
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Re: Manufacturer documented wireless NIC's

2007-01-21 Thread bobmc
Patrick Bowen wrote:
 Could anyone tell me who the manufacturers are that support their
 chips with documentation available to FreeBSD for the writing of
 drivers, please. 
I have two computers with VIA 6102 for ethernet. One is a EPIA Mini-itx
and the
CD included has a FreeBSD driver.  One might expect  the VIA driver to be
better than the free offering from an engineering student but I can't
tell that
from looking at the code while not knowing the hardware.  You can get specs
from VIA by filling out a form and telling a good story.  But it seems
VIA thinks they are doing a favor.

The point of this little tale is to question what support means.  It
looks like you
can't ship the VIA driver with BSD because of restrictions in the
source.  I would
only call it support if the ViA product pages included BSD along with
Windows and
Linux already listed as compatible OSes.  And if they contributed
quality drivers
to the 'BSD distributions.  It would be beneficial for VIA and BSD.

Cheers,  -BobMc-


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