View Full Version : [ubuntu] advice on wireless aircard for older laptop

February 5th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Hello! Just looking for any thoughts / advice:
I have an old Acer TravelMate 210T w/ 312MB of RAM and a new install of Ubuntu 8.10! I'm really hoping to fix this up so that my bro-in-law can use it to surf the net, but need a wireless pcmcia aircard for it. Was hoping to test ubuntu as well and see how he likes it (as he comes from a MAC world).

I've done some reading/research and have found the NETGEAR WPN511 should support ubuntu.

I guess I'm looking for any thoughts/advice/things I should check before I spend the $ on the card? Does this sound like a logical move?

I actually gave him an old Tecra laptop w/ Win98 and a Linksys WRT54G aircard that lasted about 1 day. I don't even want to start supporting an old MS system, so I'd like to get this Acer w/ ubuntu working. I could have him send me the Linksys wrt54g -- should I spend the time trying to get that to work first?

I also have an Aopen AOP-330 pcmcia wired lan card that I haven't messed with, so theres NO internet connection on the laptop.

I'll have to read up on installing any of this, as I'm new to linux/ubuntu, but am SO HAPPY to have something other than MS!!!
I did dapple w/ unix years ago... but that was mostly tinkering.

Ultimately I'd like to have wireless installed so I wasn't sure if installing the wired card now would mess anything up in the future?

Oh, after a lspci:
00:13.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6812 CardBus Controller (rev 05)

This does mean that the pcmcia slot is visable, correct?

Any encouraging words or thoughts are most welcome and thank you in advance!


February 5th, 2009, 11:53 PM
I have a D-Link DWL-G630 revC2 that is recognized in Linux out of the box. However, I only use it on an open network, so I don't know about using encryption with it.