Wireless 802.11b/g networks.
I was wondering, what it would take(if its possible) for me to connect to an 802.11b/g network(and the internet through that really) with a standard pci card, using a desktop pc.
I would be connecting to a Wireless Belkin Pre-N router that works with both 802.11b and 802.11g.
Software? Compatible hardware? Does such a thing exist?
Ok, by doing a search for drivers on BeBits I fould there is a wireless driver for Wireless cards based on the Ralink rt2500 chipset, also I've found a list of cards (supposedly) based on that chipset(http://ralink.rapla.net/).
Has anyone had any luck with any of the cards listed, and have they found any of these cards on a site other than the manufacturers site(which doesn't actually sell the product)? Also I would need to get one from the USA or Canada(for practical reasons).
Besides that any tips you could throw my way would be helpful, as I'm still new to the BeOS/Haiku world, and I still have no idea about most things.
Well after many hours of searching I seem to have found a card that is listed as having the rt2500 chipset the "MSI PC54G2" for about US$23+shipping at Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833158110), it seems some of the Linux guys got it working on a few different flavours of linux acording to the reviews(and confirmed that it uses the rt2500 chipset) so I have hope that this could be the soloution on the hardware side. Anyway if there arn't any objections I think I'll order it tomarrow, and then wait until it comes(three day shipping) and go from there.
On the software/Operating system side I still have no idea what I'm doing though, besides (hopefully) getting a card that will work with a BeOS driver I found on BeBits, any helping words of wisdom out there?
I have just recieved the wireless card and have confirmed it is in working order(It is currently working under Windows 2000, it was a bit difficult because of a very specific error, but I found a workaround if anyone cares to ask for it). I have also confirmed that the chip is an rt2560, which hopefully means it should work. Anyway, I now plan on attempting to install to BeOS R5 pe. If I'm sucessful I'll be updating soon :) (from inside BeOS) .
I'm still working on it, this driver doesn't have very good install directions, can anyone make sence of them? If someone can understand them, I could use directions that say "put file 'rt25xx' in directory -->(full path)"
1. Open the driver folder. Drag the file rt25xx in the folder named drop driver here.
2. Create a link in the folder /boot/home/config/add-ons/kernel/drivers/dev/net to the driver named /boot/home/config/add-ons/kernel/drivers/bin/rt25xx.
3. Go to parent folder.
4. Open the add-on folder. Drag the file rt25xx in the folder named drop add-on here.
5. Go to parent folder.
6. Open the configuration folder. Drag the file rt25xx in the folder named drop configuration file here.
7. Reboot. After reboot, you will see a new device in the Network preferences panel.
8. Setup your device and restart networking.