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Re: [gNewSense-users] My report on using the ASUS WL-107G PCMCIA card

From: Guy Johnston
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] My report on using the ASUS WL-107G PCMCIA card
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 00:32:21 +0000
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Hi, did you try using WPA by the way? I've been looking at the list of
supported wireless cards on the FSF site, and I'm thinking of getting
the ASUS WL-167g USB card, which also uses the RT2500 chipset. I need
WPA-PSK support, which I'm hoping to be able to get working using
NetworkManager (plus the GNOME or KDE frontend), or an even easier method.

J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
> Anthony Patarini wrote:
>> Yep, that's been my experience. It's actually one of two wireless
>> devices the FSF explicitly recommends and has officially used it (so
>> you can be fairly sure there is no nonfree firmware needed). The other
>> is a USB device. It's on the page I linked before. I haven't used it
>> in a while, but I researched its Free-ness before I bought it and
>> never had any trouble getting it to work on Ubuntu Warty and Hoary.
>> Hope that helps.
> I have tried the ASUS WL-107g Card Bus device (purchased from NewEgg, as
> recommended) and I'm writing to confirm to the readers that Patarini is
> right: it works perfectly right out of the box.  Plug it in, reboot,
> activate the device with the GUI Network control panel, and it works. It
> doesn't "see" all the networks I'd like it to, but it works for the one
> wireless network I care about most.
> I can't quite get it going the way I expected with NetworkManager, but
> I'm guessing that something is either set oddly for me or perhaps
> there's a bug with NetworkManager's ability to handle multiple network
> devices properly (this laptop has built-in wireless which requires
> non-free firmware to work fully, so I'm not expecting it to work under
> gNewSense GNU/Linux, hence the purchase of the ASUS card).
> NetworkManager's GNOME icon "spins" endlessly when I try to activate the
> ASUS device on a network.  No connection ever starts.  If I uninstall
> NetworkManager packages and use the manual start of the network control
> panel, it comes up when I start up the machine and login and continues
> working.  To me this says that indeed, I can use it and something is
> awry with NetworkManager.
> Thanks again Anthony Patarini for the good advice.  I'll recommend this
> ASUS device in the future.
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