prism cards

David Goodenough david.goodenough at btconnect.com
Tue Aug 19 11:21:11 EDT 2003


On Tuesday 19 August 2003 16:10, Greg Johnson wrote:
> Hello Vicente,
>
>   I have also had a terrible time obtaining prism-based wireless cards.
> The best I could come up with was to troll ebay.com looking for them.
>
>   I use D-Link DWL-520 cards, which work great.  But, the Prism-based
> versions are no longer available.  Note:  the DWL-520+ are NOT Prism-based
> and will not work with hostap as far as I know.  Also, there are something
> like three variants of the DWL-520 card, and the last one is not
> Prism-based either.  The only way to tell on ebay is to closely examine the
> picture of the card.
>
>   Here is a URL for a Prism-based DWL-520 on ebay:
>
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3041951026&category=4500
>1
>
>   Here is a URL for a non-Prism-based DWL-520 on ebay that will not work
> with hostap:
>
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3041508175&category=2032
>1
>
>   (I know from experience:  I am now the proud owner of one of the latter
> :-(.)
>
>   If the picture of the card has a large blue and white component on it,
> then it is a Prism-based hostap-compatible card.  If the picture has only
> small black components, then it is not Prism-based and is not
> hostap-compatible.
>
>   It seems to me that the disappearance of Prism-based cards represents a
> threat to the whole hostap project.  The hostap project is one of the most
> wonderful things I've found on the net for a while (THANKS JOUNI especially
> and all contributors!!).
>
>   What (if anything) can be done to encourage the continued viability of
> this great project by protecting the availability of the hardware required
> for it?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Greg Johnson
>
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You could try the Senao cards.  They seem to produce nothing but Prism
based cards (at least for 11b, their 11g cards are Aries based it would 
seem, but as far as I understand they are not in production yet).

David




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