[TriLUG] RHEL on a Dell Inspiron 8500

David W. Aquilina david at starkindler.us
Fri Jul 7 12:55:41 EDT 2006

On Fri, Jul 07, 2006 at 10:44:44AM -0400, Mike Seda wrote:
> soon abondoned that Dell card for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG. You
> shouldn't have much trouble getting that to work. If I had a chance to do it
> again, I would get a card with an Atheros chipset (supported by the madwifi
> driver). 

Actually, the ipw2200 is quite well supported - the only "gotcha" for most distributions is the necessity of using a firmware blob which can't be redistributed. As a result, most distributions do not ship this blob. 

In the case of RHEL, it can be acquired from the Extras channel (package name is "ipw2200-firmware"). If you're using Fedora, the Livna repository (http://rpm.livna.org) also packages it using the same package name. 

David W. Aquilina
david at starkindler.us

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