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Date:      Sat, 3 Feb 2007 22:49:31 +0100
From:      Roland Smith <>
To:        Paul Eskello <>
Subject:   Re: recommendations for wireless nics
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On Sat, Feb 03, 2007 at 06:53:28PM +0100, Paul Eskello wrote:
> Hi all,
> looking for any recommendations regarding wireless lan pci cards and
> freebsd, please.

It is impossible to give a general recommendation like "buy brand X,
model Y". Manufacturers sometimes switch chipsets on their cards without
changing the model number, and brand names may not be available
depending on where on the globe you are located.

The best advice is to look at all the wireless drivers (zgrep for 802.11
in /usr/share/man/man4/*), and look at cards in shops to identify the
chips they use. In my experience, the chipset used is seldom if ever
noted in the documentation or on the packaging. Sometimes all the chips
(not just the transmitter) are covered under a RF shield, in which case
you're out of luck.

In my experience, if you go into a computer shop and ask for a "802.11
card with a type Z chipset", the most likely response from the
salesperson will be a blank stare.

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