Verified Wireless Cards

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By far the most common question that comes with people who are new to DSL is, "Will my wireless card work?" The short answer is yes. The long answer is, it may take a little work, but you will be pleased with the results.

Cards listed on this page may be currently discontinued and may not be available from many stores. Remember that this is just a partial list. There are many cards in addition to the ones listed that will work with DSL.


Cards That Work "Out of the Box"

Here is a list of known cards that work "out of the box" so to speak. Little or no config required.


  • PenDragon USB Pendrive (128Mb) with Wireless (Prism3); also bootable
  • Syntax Group USB-400 Wifi


  • Linksys WMP55AG pci (DSL 3.2)
  • Netgear MA311 PCI (all versions)
  • Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)


  • 2wire (Intersil Prism2) 802.11b
  • Airlink 101 AWLC4130 - Atheros Super G 802.11G (tested on DSL 4.4.10, Dec 2008)
  • AT&T Plug&Share 6700g
  • Avaya Wireless Silver Card 802.11b (Orinoco Silver)
  • Cisco Aironet 350
  • Compaq WL110 (which is apparently just a branded Orinocco) < added 8/06
  • D-Link DWL-G650 v.C2
  • D-Link DWL-G650+
  • D-Link DWL-650 (16-bit ONLY! V.P1 doesn't work OOB)
  • D-Link DWL-650+ (32bit doesn't work)
  • D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G630 (Suggestion use netcardconfig and ath0) (Revision A, possibly? Revision E does not work OOB)
  • Dynex DX-WGNBC (Best Buy store brand - How To)
  • D-Link WNA-2330 (in terminal window type:
           sudo ifconfig ath0 up;
           sudo pump -i ath0
maybe after setting up the ID of access point using control-panel--->Wlanconfig )
  • ELSA Airlancer MC 11 (PCMCIA)
  • Farallon SkyLINE 11mb (Intersil Prism2)(PCMCIA)
  • Hawking Technologies 11M Wireless Ethernet Card (PCMCIA)
  • Netgear MA401 PCMCIA (all versions)
  • Netgear WG511T PCMCIA (with non-free warnings)
  • Netgear WPC54G PCMCIA
  • Orinoco Gold v8.72
  • Ralink PCMCIA
  • Lucent Technologies Orinoco Gold
  • Lucent Technologies Orinoco Silver PC24E-H-FC
  • SMC2632Wv2 (atmelwlandriver.dsl is out of date!)
  • SMC 2453 (Typo? I think you mean 2435.)
  • SMCWCB-G (Atheros)
  • Symbol LA-4121
  • WaveBuddy 11WP-611AL 802.11b PC Card
  • ENCORE Wireless SuperG Cardbus Adapter ENPWI-SG (Atheros 802.11b/g)
  • 3Com 3CRXJK10075 (Rev: AB) M/N : WL532 commercial name : OfficeConnect Wireless 108 Mbps 11g XJACK PC Card


  • Accton WN 3101J
  • Atheros 802.11b/g (IBM OEM Mini PCI in T41,42; PCMCIA version of this chip set definitely works)
  • Dell True Mobile 1150 (Prism 2 Agere systems
  • Proxim RangeLAN-DS (with 0.83 firmware)

Use the Prism2 GUI With These Cards


  • Actiontec 802U13 USB
  • Ashton digital Airdash WRUB-2011i 802.11b USB
  • D-Link DWL-122 USB
  • Microsoft MN-510 USB
  • Netgear USB MA111 (v1 and v2) (DrR: v2 is SiS162U chipset - not supported by prism2 drivers)


  •  ?


  • Microsoft MN-520 (works better than with windows!)
  • DSE (Dick Smith Electronics) W-Lan card XH7918
  • Intel pro Wireless Lan pci 2011B 802.11b
  • Linksys WPC11 (all but v.4.0 and v.3.0)

Cards That Work, But May Take Some Effort

These cards won't work out of the box, but most of them work with ndiswrapper, drivers from the manufacturer's site, or with a little work. Look also here


  • Compaq W200 (Orinoco chipset) --> only if driver is added to kernel
  • Encore enuwi-g works with the ndiswrapper of Suse 10.2 distros
  • Gigafast 741-UIC / Zydas 1201 chipset
  • Level One WNC-0301 (RT2571W chip): Works natively on 2.4/6 kernels. Driver must be compiled, and there is a dependancy on kernel source code.
  • Level One WNC-0301 (RT2571W chip): Works non-natively using the NDIS Wrapper (which would be an easier install than the native driver).
  • SMC EZ-Connect with zydas driver link post
  • Syntax 400 / Prism 3
  • Zaapa WLAN 802.11.b y 2003 driver atmel link


  • Airlink+ model #WLH3010 802.11g (Broadcom chipset)
  • Airlink+ model #AWLH3025 802.11g (Abocom ACX-100 chipset)
  • Cameo WLB-1201: works well with the generix XP driver by Realtek for RTL 8180 chipsets.
  • Cnet CWP-854: Works well with the supplied RT2500.INF driver for XP via ndiswrapper
  • Intel Pro Wireless 3945 ABG
  • Linksys WMP54G V2 PCI Adapter (Broadcomm chipset) works with ndiswrapper, with or without WEP
  • US Robotics 2210
  • Dell 1397 (broadcom 4315). Onboard Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Requires ndiswrapper


  • Blitzz Net Wave Point PC 802.11b
  • II 2216
  • Linksys WPC54G ver 1 (works with ndiswrapper (via DSLpanel control panel) & Linksys driver dated 07/17/2003. Worked with WEP too.)
  • Linksys WPC54G ver 2 (works with ndiswrapper)
  • Linksys WPC54G ver 3 (works with ndiswrapper, USE THE v3.0 driver on, DO NOT TRY the Vista driver v3.1)
  • Linksys WPC54G ver 4 (ndiswrapper, modprobe remove, depmod, modprobe)
  • Linksys WPC54G ver 5 (ndiswrapper from commandline, use lsmvnds.inf for driver install)
  • Pretec CompactWLAN 802.11b MODEL:OC-WLBXX-A (howto => [1]) Works with supplied CF-PCMCIA adaptor.
  • SMC 2635W / ADMtek
  • Trendnet TEW-226PC w/ Realtek RTL8180 chipset. Works using ndiswrapper then wlcardconfig.
  • Trendnet TEW-421PC w/ Marvell chipset. Verified to work on DSL 3.0 using ndiswrapper then Netcardconfig (by: edgecrusher)
  • Zonet wlan ZEW1502 with ndiswrapper and Windows 2000 drivers

To be classified

  • ASUS SpaceLink WL-100 802.11b PCCARD (use orinoco_cs NOT prism2_cs ... update /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf accordingly)
  • ASUS WL-138g 802.11g (works with ndiswrapper using the winxp driver)
  • Belkin F5D6020 v2 (see this)
  • Belkin F5D7000
  • Belkin F5D7010 (Broadcom BCM94306: bcmwl5.inf - from driver CD, E-Machines, etc.)
  • Belkin F5D7011 (Broadcom : ndiswrapper with bcmwl5.inf 41.92 kB,bcmwl5.sys 363.00 kB - from Windows driver CD)
  • Belkin F5D7050 rev.b (driver & scripts => here)
  • Belkin F5D9050 v4 Ralink rt73 use ndiswrapper and 2000/XP driver
  • Broadcom 4318: Works with ndiswrapper and bcmwl5.inf driver.
  • Broadcom BCM4306: Works with ndiswrapper and bcmwl5a.inf driver.
  • Conceptronic c54ru rt73 chip ID 14b2:3c22 use ndiswrapper and the winxp driver from the conceptronic site (rt73.inf)
  • Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
  • Digitus DN-7001 GR (driver & scripts => here)
  • D-Link DWL-G630 Rev.E2 (newest) (driver & scripts => here)
  • D-Link DWL-G630 Rev.C works using Madwifi-NG.uci but not older madwifi.dsl (by: firecat53)
  • D-Link DWL-G510 Rev B. works using Madwifi-NG.uci but not older madwifi.dsl
  • D-Link WNA-1300 works well using the driver from the CD that comes with the NIC or the one found on the D-Link website via ndiswrapper.
  • D-Link DWL-G122 Rev.C1 (driver & scripts => here)
  • Draytek Vigor 240 (Intersil Prism GT ISL3890 - needs firmware from & firmware.agent from hotplug on sourceforge)
  • Edimax EW-7126 (RTL-8180 chip)
  • Edimax EW-7128g (rt61 chipset) - driver from, needs firmware.agent from sourceforge
  • Inprocomm IPN2220 (It identifies itself in Linux as a Linksys WPC54G v4, use these drivers and ndiswrapper, See here
  • Intel Pro Wireless 2100 (ndiswrapper. See this)
  • Intel Pro Wireless 2200
  • Linksys G54
  • Linksys WPC11 V3.0,V4.0 (have to enter parameters using lwconfig after restart or reboot)
  • Linksys WPC51AB
  • Linksys WUSB54GC (driver & scripts => here, driver:rt73.o)
  • Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03) (works with ndiswrapper using the winxp driver)
  • Motorola WN825G (Certain drivers will freeze on modprobe. Update Driver version 1.1 works.)
  • MSI US54SE (driver & scripts => here)
  • Netgear MA521 (with ndiswrapper from commandline and driver ndis5x-8180(173).zip from realtek)
  • Netgear WG511U Atheros chipset setup with modprobe in
  • US Robotics 5416
  • VCTnet AirXpress PC11BR (with driver compiled from
  • WIFIWALKER FA-1200G with zydas driver link post
  • Xterasys XN-2422g
  • ZyXEL - G102 (Atheros chipset) run wlconfig, iwconfig, set ipconfig, add route.

Cards That Don't Work

These cards have never been used successfully with DSL.

  • Encore ENPWI-G2 (needs ieee802 - 2.6 kernel)
  • Linksys WUSB54G v1 + v2 + v4 (requires 2.6 kernel and ndiswrapper)
  • Edimax EW-7608Pg (Linux drivers don't compile, see wiki page)
  • Sitecom wl-535 v1 002/ wl-168 ID 0547:0151 chipset rtl8187 (autoinstalled on debian etch/lenny, ubuntu)

More Info

Most cards will work with DSL. The easiest are cards based on the "Prism 2" and "Orinoco" chipsets. All but the most exotic cards can be made to work.

For info on whether or not your card works in DSL using ndiswrapper, see List of cards that work with ndiswrapper. Remember, DSL runs on a 2.4.26 / 2.4.31 kernel, so, in theory, any card that works with a 2.4 kernel should work in DSL. The ndiswrapper List page also has per card instructions for getting cards working with ndiswrapper.

Share the wealth! If you can get your card to work with DSL, report it here under the appropriate section.