[mythtv-users] STAY AWAY FROM WI-FI !!!

Raphael Pooser rpooser at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 17:38:48 EST 2005

John Andersen wrote:

> On 12/8/05, *Raphael Pooser* <rpooser at gmail.com 
> <mailto:rpooser at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Um, linux isn't really that bad with wifi as people seem to
>     think.  All
>     you need is a good chipset.  ANYTHING RALINK WILL DO.  Why?
>     because they
>     have provided the source for their drivers to the linux community and
>     now there are good high quality drivers native to linux, no
>     ndiswrapper,
>     no windows drivers, just a straight up kernel module code which you
>     download from rt2500 at sourceforge and compile from source, so
>     you know
>     it will work on your system no matter what.
> GhAaaaaa!!!
> I bow to you o master if you got a RaLink card working reliably with that
> absymal sourceforge driver.  You are turely talented.

lol, thanks, but I didn't write the driver.  they are the talented 
ones.  I do bow to you my master of witty sarcasm.

> I've tried it.  It sucked.  It would drop out for no reason, did not
> support half the needed utilities (scanning, signal strength measurement)
> would work one boot, and not the next, and generally was  a
> monstrous PITA.

am sorry for ya.  That driver is nice.  There is a complete rewrite 
going on and beta downloadable.  I wouldn't use that one till it's more 
mature though.  It looks like you didn't though so it's beyond me what 
the problem was.  Sounds more like hardware.

> I ran ndiswrapper on it and it was stable as a rock. 


> However,  WiFi still does not seem fast enough for more
> than ONE connection to my backend at a time, where as
> the 100gig wired network works fine for this.  This is too bad
> because I wanted to rum my backend wireless, but now
> have to have it wired and at most only one Frontend
> works wireless at a time.

yeah that's true.  You can't have a boatload of wireless connections.  
But then again, anyone who reads the docs at mythtv.org would have seen 
the original myth developer recomending against just that.  Does work 
fine for one connection though, and will work great for lower bitrate 
transcoded stuff. YMMV.

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