Rebadged Senoa pcmcia cards with prism 3 chipset

Dermot McGahon dermot
Thu Sep 23 02:25:18 PDT 2004

On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 19:50:47 +0100 (BST), Ged Haywood  
<ged at> wrote:

> I don't know understand, StarOS appears to be based on Linux, and
> Prism 3 is supported by HostAP
> so I should have thought it possible to use Prism3 with StarOS, but I
> know nothing about StarOS.

Hmmm, from the website,

Software that has been developed in-house, and is not covered by GPL:
Package / Application
Wireless drivers for: Intersil Prism 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, Indigo and Duette  
cards, Agere hermes & Ruby cards, Teletronics WL2400 2MB cards, ADMtek  
8211 802.11b cards, Atheros 802.11a/b/g cards.	

Our Wireless drivers are not GPL, however here are some GPL alternatives:

Open Source Project 					License 	Download
Prism 2/2.5 Access Point support (HostAP)  	GPL

> If not then there's Linux, if you have or
> can find the skills to put the system together.  The skills are easy
> to find I think, but time-consuming to learn.  I don't know what StarOS
> might offer you that a Linux distribution wouldn't, out of the box.

Good question. What StarOS offers above your own linux distro is basically
an invoice :)

That might be a little unfair, they are basically a distribution packager
and offer support. Just like RedHat; Suse; Mandrake, except specialised
for wireless networking. By writing their own drivers though they seem
to be falling behind the curve. It's hard to keep up with good open
source projects.

>> Can anyone also confirm that these are 100mW cards and are basically
>> not as good as the PRISM 2.5 based cards?
> I can't comment on that, I don't know the cards you have and I don't
> know how you'd compare them to decide which was better than which.

Fair point. Was really just probing for user experiences with different
versions of the PRISM chipset.

> are very happy with them.  We are based in England.  Having said that,
> I don't think you need new cards, probably just the right software.

Yes. Thanks Ged. We are going to investigate using a free linux distro


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