Intersil sells the Prism2 chipset to wireless card manufacturers and for ["802.11b"] wireless gear the Prism2 chipset is pretty much the standard. A long time ago both Aironet (now Cisco) and WaveLan (now Lucent/Orinoco/Avaya/Agere) diverged from the base Prism2 chipset to make their own improved versions.

In the mean time Linux drivers have emerged to take advantage of the HostApMode abilities of the stock Prism2 cards which allows us to build a LinuxAccessPoint that supports InfrastructureMode.

If you are trying to setup a Prism2Card to work in your linux box (not in HostApMode, but as a client machine), here's a quick somthing I wrote up to keep people on the IrcChannel from asking me the same question over and over.... AshlandWireless:PrismCardSetup . Let me know if it works for you, and also if you have a distro not listed so I can add instructions for that distro. --ForrestEnglish

The problem is that most of the the stock Prism2Cards stink in comparison to the Cisco/Lucent ones. Below we are trying to maintain a list of the best Prism2Cards which have external antenna connectors to facilitate the building of high quality OpenSource AccessPoints.

Make

Model

Card

Connector

Rx

Tx

Comments

[http://www.addtron.com/ Addtron]

[http://www.addtron.com/products/awp100.htm AWP-100]

PCMCIA

.

-76 dBm

>13 dBm

Looks like the Belkin and SMC

[http://www.addtron.com/ Addtron]

AWP-101

PCMCIA

Unknown

.

.

.

[http://www.asante.com/ Asanté]

[http://www.asante.com/products/adapters/al1011/index.html AL1011]

5V PCMCIA

.

?

13 dBm

Very similar to Belkin & SMC, but also supported on Macintosh

[http://www.belkin.com/ Belkin]

[http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=200340&pcount=&Product_Id=122691&Section.Section_Path=%2FRoot%2FNetworki%2E%2E%2EndCables%2FWirelessNetworking%2Fct_Id> F5D6020]

PCMCIA

.

.

13-20 dBm (50mW max)

Very Flat & Stackable - Appears to be the same as the SMC

[http://www.compaq.com/ Compaq ]

WL100

3.3v PCMCIA

?

?

?

[http://www.compaq.com/ Compaq ]

WL200

PCI

Reverse Threaded SMA

?

?

The PCMCIA version is the wl100. note: the WL210 and WL110 are difference chipsets.

[http://www.cellvision.net/ CellVision]

[http://www.cellvision.net/pics/specs/wireless%20networking%20product/Wlc%2D100.pdf WLC-100 (pdf)]

?

?

?

?

one image looks like DLink. sold for $65 at comready.com

[http://www.demarctech.com/ Demarc]

[http://www.demarctech.com/products/relia-wave-100mw-pcmcia-card.html Relia-Wave]

3.3VDC / 5 VDC PCMCIA

Diversity MMCX

-85 - -93dB

100mW or 20dBm

[http://www.dlink.com/ D-Link]

[http://www.dlink.com/products/wireless/dwl650/ DWL-650]

3.3v PCMCIA

[http://kevlar.burdell.org/~will/antenna/ Hackable]

-78 or -84 dBm

14 or 17 dBm

Dwl650Comments

[http://www.dlink.com/ D-Link]

[http://www.dlink.com/products/DigitalHome/Mobile/dcf650w/ DCF650w]

3.3v Compact Flash

lid snaps off/has socket

-80 to -88 dBm

14 or 18 dBm

Dcf650wComments

[http://www.linksys.com/ LinkSys]

[http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=156&grid=19 WPC11]

PCMCIA

.

.

14 dBm

.

[http://www.linksys.com/ LinkSys]

[http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=196&grid=19 WMP11]

PCI

RP-SMA

.

.

Prism 2.5, Comes with rubber ducky antenna

[http://www.musenki.com Musenki]

?

PCI

Reverse SMC

-87 dBm

18 dBm

.

[http://www.proxim.com/ Proxim]

RangeLAN-DS 8434-05

3.3v PCMCIA

Dual Reverse MMCX

-83 dBm

13dBm

has a detachable antenna RangeLanDsComments

[http://www.proxim.com/ Proxim]

RangeLAN-DS 8433-05

3.3v PCMCIA

Single unknown connector (SSMB?)

-83 dBm

13dBm

RangeLanDsComments

[http://www.smc.com SMC]

[http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?action=products_show_product&productcode=SMC2632W SMC2632W]

PCMCIA

[http://www.guerrilla.net/reference/80211_mod/SMC2632_antenna_mod/ Hackable]

-76 dBm

50mw Max (17 dBm)

Smc2632wComments Appears to be the same as the Belkin

[http://www.teletronics.com/ Teletronics]

[http://www.teletronics.com/tii/products/wireless_lan/LANc11.html WL-11000]

PCMCIA

Dual Reverse MMCX

-83 dBm

15 dBm

It appears to be a Zcomax XI-300, they sell one with and one without the snap-on antenna

[http://www.zcomax.com/ Zcomax]

[http://www.zcomax.com/htm/xi300.htm XI-300]

PCMCIA

Dual Reverse MMCX

-83 dBm

13 dBm

has a detachable antenna ZcomaxXi300Comments

[http://www.zcomax.com/ Zcomax]

[http://www.zcomax.com/htm/xi300.htm XI-300B]

PCMCIA

None

-83 dBm

13 dBm

[http://www.zcomax.com/ Zcomax]

[http://www.zcomax.com/htm/future.htm ZFE-300]

PCMCIA

Dual MMCX (probably reverse)

.

.

comes with no antenna, Sold by Future Electronics

[http://www.zcomax.com/ Zcomax]

[http://www.zcom.com.tw/product/product%20info/pro_info113.htm XI-325]

PCMCIA

Dual Reverse MMCX

-85dBm

15dBm

Prism 2.5, has a detachable antenna

[http://www.zcomax.com/ Zcomax]

[XI-325H]

PCMCIA

Dual Reverse MMCX

.

200mw

Prism 2.5, has a detachable antenna, will be available in May 2002

[http://www.zoom.com/zoomair/ ZoomAir]

[http://www.zoom.com/zoomair/zanics.shtml 4105]

PCMCIA

RP-SMA

.

14 dBm

http://www.goonda.org/wireless/prism2/ Some good but slightly dated prims2/linux information -- DonPark

Other good source of information: http://www.seattlewireless.net/index.cgi/HardwareComparison


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