SpeedStream SS1024 Wireless PCI Supports 802.11b

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I'm playing with a SpeedStream SS1024 card I bought. At $28 it was the lowest cost PCI card I found -- trying to bring it up on Redhat 9.

In this picture, note the pci card bracket is removed to fit in a lowprofile Falcon CR51 mini-itx case.

FCC ID = O6M-MW300

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sailwinds said:

On the speedstream ss1024 there where 2 versions of this card made one with the prism chipset and newer ones with the broadcom chipset. For those needing a linux driver for the prism chipset you can get the driver through http://www.linux-wlan.org

They also have a very complete listing of wireless cards and the corresponding linux drivers at

Kenneth said:

I spent a weekend playing with this card and haven't gotten back to it. I bought the Siemens Speedstream 802.11b Wireless Pci Adapter
from Insight Components You'll be happy with their service.

Ask for Denise. 1-800-INSIGHT you'll be happy with the service.

As for this card it is my understanding that Broadcom chipsets are not supported in linux yet. Linksys is supporting the chipset with binary drivers but they have not been distributed separte from the AP.

mEmENT0m0RI said:

hey, where'd u get it from for $28?

Seth said:

I am running Redhat 9 on a Dell laptop, and am also trying to get my NetGear MA401 wireless card to work.

I am new to Linux (having decided that I had been sucking at the Windows teet for too long) and am getting a little frustrated in my attempts to get the card to work. It is not recognized during the install as with Kevin's post, but I am not able to get Linux to recognize it as Kevin could. ***Could you explain what you mean when you said you had Linux search for it?*** I can only get the hardware manager to list it as being present, but I can't get Linux to actually use it.

I've tried going to Netgear's website and building and installing the Linux drivers they had available, but that's only made things worse. After I tried building Netgear's drivers, Linux seemed to be actually talking to the card (although I still couldn't get an IP address), but when I restarted my system the next day, it didn't recognize my card AT ALL. Now when I pop the card in and out, the OS doesn't even respond and the card doesn't light up any more.

I would love to hear a response from someone who would be willing to help me.

goneaway said:

Two very helpful resources for dealing with your exotic hardware:

http://www.linuxcompatible.org - a nice searchable database of hardware rated by real experience instead of that "works under RedHat" crap that's become the hardware vendor washing of hands.

http://www.debianhelp.org -- DebianHelp has a really helpful and active forum. Ask a question and twenty people will answer. It's good stuff.

Haven't been able to find info for the exact card that you mentioned but the common module for Netgear seems to be natsemi or plain old tulip.

Kenneth said:

I'm still working on this on Redhat 9, any pointers appreciated.

Looking at recompiling the kernel...
CONFIG_NETLINK was recommended.

kevin said:

I got the NetGear MA401 and only had to patch 3 things under RedHat 8 and Redhat 9 did not pick it up durring the install butwhen I had it search for it after the install, it saw it, and boom, I was wireless. (Gateway 450 laptop) I am happy with it. I am switching to Debian soon so any feedback on Debian's support of wireless would be cool....

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