[kismac] Re: Failsafe hardware selection for Newb?

  • From: Brad Knowles <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: kismac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 19:04:02 +0100

At 12:37 PM -0500 2004/01/31, xandy wrote:

 I have an aluminum powerbook (w/ airport extreme card) and would like
 to be able to access the passive mode features of Kismac.  It is my
 understanding that this is not possible with the airport extreme card,
 so I was wondering if someone could offer a working alternative.

The Senao cards are some of the most powerful and sensitive on the market, and they are also one of the least expensive. This gives them the best price/performance of any card you can buy.

I'm running Panther 10.3.2

This shouldn't be a problem.

 Can anyone who is using this exact hardware/os version recommend a
 third party card that they actually have been using successfully?
 Not to be a stickler, but I'd prefer if you've personally had
 success and are using such, rather than what you've heard from
 someone else....

I'm not using Panther yet, but I've had no problems with Senao cards on MacOS X 10.2 and KisMac in either a PowerBook G3 "Pismo" (400MHz) or a TiBook G4 (867MHz). Since KisMac has its own drivers built-in, the OS version shouldn't make a difference, so long as you only want to use the card for scanning.

If you want to use the card as a "regular" WiFi access device, then you'd need to worry about the driver issues, and there I would place a lot more confidence in the IOXperts drivers working under all recent versions of MacOS X, as opposed to anything else.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>

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