Bug 80579 - Default to orinoco_cs instead of wvlan_cs
Default to orinoco_cs instead of wvlan_cs
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: hwdata (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2002-12-28 02:05 EST by Dax Kelson
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:33 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-30 01:28:29 EST
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Description Dax Kelson 2002-12-28 02:05:11 EST
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Description of problem:
My Dell Inspiron has a builtin 802.11b card, the Dell TrueMobile 1150 MiniPCI
card. It is a rebadged Wavelan / Orinoco / Agere card.

On Red Hat Linux 8.0 and in Phoebe, by default the wvlan_cs is loaded and used.
It should replaced with orinoco_cs by default. Read the following from:


We are in the process of phasing out gradually wvlan_cs in favor of orinoco_cs,
which has all the features of the former without the bugs. We are recommending
people doing a new installation to start directly with orinoco_cs. 

Why would you use orinoco_cs ? A few reasons : 

* Full source code. Some people strongly beleive in the concept of Free Software
and Open Source, especially when it come to stuff that reside in kernel space. 
* Not only for i386 platforms. Can be made to work on PPC, Alpha, StrongArm,
ia64 and your favourite platform (doesn't mean that it will work out of the box). 
* Multi configuration, using Pcmcia schemes and wireless.opts (see below). This
may be also achieved using the specific networking scripts of some distributions. 
* Much better Wireless Extension support. 
* Signal strength in ad-hoc mode (see below). 
* Multi-firmware (1.16 -> 6.16) and multi-vendor (Lucent, Enterasys & ELSA)
* Some Prism2 and Symbol card support... 

In /etc/pcmcia/config change occurances of wvlan_cs to orinoco_cs. For example:

card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
  manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
  bind "wvlan_cs"


card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
  manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
  bind "orinoco_cs"
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2002-12-30 01:28:29 EST
Changed, will be in 0.64-1

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