Outdoor WiFi router runs x86 Debian Linux (LinuxDevices)
Posted Feb 16, 2006 17:41 UTC (Thu) by wookey
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There are open drivers. The Ralink chipsets are all supported (with two sets of drivers in fact - the rt2x00 set which should support everything but is still very beta and the older rt2400(11b), rt2500(11g) and rt2570 (USB 11g) drivers), widely available and cheap. They haven't quite made it to the mailine kernel yet though (or if they have, only recently) so you may have to faff a bit to build a module. I have USB and PCMCIA ralink cards, and think these people deserve support for being FOSS-friendly.
Devices containing these chipsets are listed here, along with links to driver sources etc:
Debian users can just install the rt2500 package and use module-assistant to get build and install the modules. My experience about a month ago was that this all worked beautifully for the PCMCIA cards, but you needed to have a kernel 2.6.14 or later and latest driver code for the USB devices.
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