This is an attempt to make work some wireless lan cards on Linux (2.6) without non-opensource stuff.
More precisely cards with Realtek rtl818x MAC+BASEBAND chip.
These cards can be divided in 3 types:
1- rtl8180 PCI/Cardbus 802.11b
2- rtl8185 PCI/Cardbus 802.11(a)/b/g
3- rtl8187 USB 802.11(a)/b/g
Those card can come with a number of different radios.
rtl8180 card can have a Philips, GCT or Maxim radio. It can support also Intersil and RFMD radios, but I think those cards are quite uncommon
rtl8185 and rtl8187 can have a rtl8225 b/g or rtl8255 a/b/g radio.
Initially one driver named rtl8180-sa2400 was started to be developed.
As the name may suggest this project was born with the aim of make work cards with rtl8180 MAC and Philips sa2400 radio.
Anyway currently it supports more than just Philips radios
Maxim radio experimental support is included in latest releases
"Deuce" helped me a lot in testing and fixing bugs and we finally got it working -Thanks!- (at least on his card)
An experimental support for GCT radio also exists in latest releases
A rough and incomplete support for rtl8185 + rtl8225 exist in CVS.
Realtek has supported me with hardware and infos, so many thanks to them
This driver comes packaged with a ieee 802.11 stack, that is derived from a rather old release of the Intel's 802.11 stack.
More recently, in CVS two new driver are being developed:
rtl8187-newstack CVS branch contains a driver for Rtl8187 USB cards
rtl818x-newstack CVS branch contains a newer driver for rtl8180 and rtl8185 cards
In order to use those two drivers you will need a separate ieee 802.11 stack that
is in ieee80211 CVS branch. This stack will also provide new features like WEP
shared authentication and 54Mbps G rate support.
Those new driver are not testes as much as the rtl8180-sa2400 driver, but they should be (or become in short time) better and with more features.
All the developing effort is now concentrated on this stack and those two new drivers.
while the rtl8180-sa2400 driver is still probably the most popular, it is not actively developed right now.
if you use these drivers, *Please* report me the dmesg output, the exact card model and tell me if it works. Thanks
At least the following cards are know to work
If your card works and is not here please tell me and I'll add..
|Vendor||Model||Type||Radio||Notes||Belkin||F5D6001 V3 (V2??)||PCI||Philips||Well known: development card|
|Dlink||DWL-610||PCMCIA||Philips||Well known: main development card|
|Acer laptop||Aspire 1357 LMi||Mini-PCI||Philips|
Some issues with D-link DWL-614+
(even under windows)
On other APs works..
This is also a development card
Thanks to Peter Fales
|D-Link||DWL-520 Rev D only||PCI||?|
|Zonet||ZEW1000 (v1 ?)||PCMCIA||GCT||
Some version comes with other
chips (Atmel / Amd ??)
Developement card - Thanks to
Cheuksan Edward Wang for this card.
Some cards comes with Atmel or acx100
chip for witch other drivers exists.
Those with rtl8180 chip should have
a gold stripe on the pcmcia connector.
Those with Atmel has not the stripe.
|TrendNET||tew-266PC||PCMCIA||Philips||WARNING. Read below|
|Siemens-fujitsu laptop||Amilo D1840W||Mini-PCI||GCT|
|CC&C||FCCID : PANWL1102||PCMCIA||GCT|
|Dlink||DWL-650 v M1||PCMCIA||Philips|
|Roper||FreeLan 802.11b (edition 2004)||PCMCIA||Philips|
|Wistron Neweb Corp||CB-200B||PCMCIA||Philips|
|TwinMOS||Booming B Series||PCMCIA||Philips|
|Realtek||RTL8185 Reference design||PCMCIA||Rtl8225||Many thanks to Realtek for cards & support!!|
|SAFECOM||SWLCR-1100||PCMCIA||Philips||Realtek||RTL8187 Reference design||USB||Rtl8225||Many thanks to Realtek for card & support|
Please note that is not uncommon to find cards with the same model id but different chip. For example belkin PCMCIA card V2 has Atmel chip for wich other drivers exists
Please note that I used the word 'PCMCIA' to refer to laptop cards (ok I suppose you know what I'm meaning: not the mini-pci) but these are actually CARDBUS..
For more details please see the README file
to download the project files please use this CVS anonymous server:
some versions of the rtl8180-sa2400 driver has been also released in tar.gz package in past.You can find them in: http://sourceforge.net/projects/rtl8180-sa2400