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Old 01-11-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

What is the best Best Wireless 802.11B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200? That I can download drivers for on the internet and works good... Any help is greatly apprecaited...

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

EDIT: Ooops, skimmed the "wireless" part. I believe Amigakit sells wireless adapters that work on the 1200, along with software for nice GUI config. of WEP encryption and stuff like that, otherwise the prism2 drivers have been ported from linux, that link also claims to have a list of compatable cards, too.

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I use an old 3com etherlink III PCMCIA adapter, with 3c589.device and MiamiTCP. Works like a charm! (I even host web pages from my IP address on my 1200!)
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

In resarching this some more I can up with a short list of PCMCIA Wireless Cards from Major manufacturers that will work with the Prism2 drivers on Aminet:

D-Link DWL-650
Linksys WPC11
Netgear MA401 (RA)
Proxim 8430
Proxim 8433-05
Proxim 8434-05

So I will start hunting for these I guess...
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:57 AM   #4
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

I've used successfully Lucent Tech's and Orinoco's Silver cards. Seem to be very reliable and fast. Silver cards have 64-bit WEP encryption, but Gold cards would have 128-bit, so it might be slightly better and I don't see why those wouldn't work on Amiga either. It's an another question does that improve security in practise though.

Prism2.device works with those and you can check it's documentation about other supported cards. There's big list of cards which should work in theory. Shouldn't cost too much to test either as you can find those kind of cards very cheaply on used stuff markets.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:28 PM   #5
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

I'm using the EasyNet solution that AmigaKit provides. Works great, is fully supported, and very reasonable. You can check out EasyNet here.

They also have a wireless solution for a few $$ more.

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:49 PM   #6
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I've used the Netgear MA-401. Should be really easy to find.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #7
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

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EDIT: Ooops, skimmed the "wireless" part. I believe Amigakit sells wireless adapters that work on the 1200, along with software for nice GUI config. of WEP encryption and stuff like that, otherwise the prism2 drivers have been ported from linux, that link also claims to have a list of compatable cards, too.
Actually, prism2.device doesn't use Linux code, but was written from scratch.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:18 PM   #8
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

If anyone finds a working Ethernet or Wireless PCMCIA card that's A1200/A600 compatible, please let GMB know so he can add it to his list, here - http://www.g-mb.de/pcmcia_e.html

It's suppposed to be the most complete list of PCMCIA networking options, and is quite a helpful page.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:20 PM   #9
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

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Actually, prism2.device doesn't use Linux code, but was written from scratch.
Ooops. my bad, just having a rough night I guess! :-D
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

I was given a Netgear Wireless PC card, 32-bit Cardbus WG511.
I don't think it will work with my A1200, since it's 32bit pcmcia, and as far as I know A1200 only support 16bit pcmcia cards.
Anyone that can confirm this?
Thanks in advance :-)
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

It's true that the Amiga's PCMCIA slot is only 16bit and will only work with 16bit cards. No idea about that particular card though.

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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

Thanks moto :-)
Just what I needed to know.
Hopefully I'll find someone else who can use the card.
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

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What is the best Best Wireless 802.11B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200? That I can download drivers for on the internet and works good... Any help is greatly apprecaited...

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I picked up a Linksys WPC11 PCMCIA card for US$5.00 on the local Craigslist. Tested it with the software d/led from Aminet. It works like a charm. This card has 2 LEDs, 1 is a LINK LED & the other is a TX/RX LED. I'm of the opinion that more LEDs = better card (more impressive!)
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

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I don't think it will work with my A1200, since it's 32bit pcmcia, and as far as I know A1200 only support 16bit pcmcia cards. Anyone that can confirm this?
Amiga can use PC Card (16-bit) devices but not Cardbus (32-bit).
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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

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Amiga can use PC Card (16-bit) devices but not Cardbus (32-bit).
I'd like to try a wifi card too, but I don't know them very well...
Reading the Prism2 manual I found this:
If a card's chipset is listed at the AVS site as Orinoco, Agere or Prism (except the SSF version) and its bus type is PCMCIA or PCI, it is likely to work. Note that a few otherwise-compatible PCMCIA cards are 3.3V-only and therefore incompatible with the A1200/A600. If the card is listed there but doesn't match these requirements, it will definitely not work.
...and found thins on AVS site:

Netgear 802.11g WG 511 Cardbus Prism GT
Teorically that Netgear WG511 works on A1200, do I say well?

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Default Re: Best Wireless B\G PCMCIA network card for A1200

Some good tips on a thread I started some time ago on aw.net. Link
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There's no card that supports G that works on the A1200. Don't even know if there is any PC Card that supports G. If it exists it's rare.
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