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Network & Internet

Linux Network Drivers  - is the primary site for information on and updates to the Linux Ethernet device drivers.

HP Networking's support lookup tool.

Intel Drivers Download site.

SiS Download Center.

Linux nForce Driver  - This page contains drivers and documentation for the nForce chipset. The chipset includes hardware support for IDE disk control, Ethernet networking, audio support, win modem support, and a USB controller. These packages have support for Ethernet networking and basic ACI audio. USB and IDE hardware will work with standard Linux drivers. There is no win modem support.

VIA Arena - Drivers Section  - This pages offer drivers for boards with VIA chipsets.

VIA Linux Portal  - aims to expand cooperation with open source communities by providing drivers, key documentation and source code for select Linux distributions to technical software developers. Users seeking driver downloads should first check with their Linux distribution vendor or system manufacturer for driver package availability.

Vodafone Mobile Connect Card Driver for Linux  - is a software suite for the mobile 3G datacard which works on multiple distributions of the Linux Operating System. Besides managing connections with different technologies like GPRS, UMTS, and HSDPA, this application supports receiving and sending SMS, access to contacts and offers diagnostic information for troubleshooting. The application is free to download and distribute. The software is open sourced technology from a project initiated by Vodafone Group R&D.

Linux wireless LAN support  - is an attempt to create a, more or less complete listing of wireless devices with information about the chipset they are based on and whether or not they are supported in Linux.

Linux Wireless LAN Howto  - is an Open Source project sponsored by Hewlett Packard, and built with the contribution of many Linux users all over the world.

LinuxWireless - LinuxWiki.org  - bietet umfangreiche deutschsprachige Informationen und Links zum Thema Linux und Wireless LAN.

How to Configure Wireless on Any Linux Desktop  - If you are a mobile Linux user one of the first things you need to do is to connect that mobile device to a wireless access point. By default, the standard Wi-Fi tools for the Linux desktops are straight-forward and reliable. That of course presumes you are using the standard desktops (GNOME or KDE). But what happens when you opt for a different desktop such as E17 or Fluxbox? Or what if the "default" standards aren't flexible enough or feature-rich enough for your needs. In those instances you need to take a look at a different toolset for connecting you to a wireless access point.

Atmel AT76C5XXx-based Wireless Devices  - is the home of the OpenSource Linux Driver for Atmel AT76C5XXx-based Wireless Device (for PCCard, PCI and USB).

Atmel AT76C502/3/5A based wireless USB devices  - This website offers another driver for the Atmel AT76C503A based USB WLAN adapters.

Linux 802.11 Aironet driver  - Development and support of the Cisco/Aironet 802.11 cards for Linux (Aironet ARLAN 4500, 4800, Cisco 340 and Cisco 350 series).

Sitecom WL-011 PCMCIA card  - tells where you can download the driver and how to install it. The Sitecom WL-011 PCMCIA card uses an ATMEL chipset.

Host AP driver for Intersil Prism2/2.5/3, hostapd, and WPA Supplicant  - This project includes three main components:
  • Host AP - Linux driver for wireless LAN cards based on Intersil's Prism2/2.5/3 chipset
  • hostapd - user space daemon for access points, including, e.g., IEEE 802.1X/WPA/EAP Authenticator for number of Linux and BSD drivers, RADIUS client, integrated EAP server, and RADIUS authentication server
  • wpa_supplicant user space IEEE 802.1X/WPA supplicant (wireless client) for number of Linux, BSD, and Windows drivers
The Prism54 Project  - p54 is a completely FOSS (Free Open Source Software) wireless driver for Intersil's Prism54 chips series. supported chips:
  • ISL3877, ISL3880, ISL3890 and ISL3886 (miniPCI)
  • ISL3886 + net2280 (USB, 1st generation)
  • ISL3887 (USB, 2nd generation)


GPL driver for the Wavelan IEEE/Orinoco  - The Linux Wavelan IEEE driver is an Open Source project that had many contributors through its turbulent life sponsored by Hewlett Packard. There are three drivers supporting the same Wavelan IEEE hardware. One is the new MPL/GPL driver, called orinoco_cs. One is the old GPL driver, called wvlan_cs. The last one is based on a binary library and supported by Lucent, called wavelan2_cs.

Rt2x00 Open Source Project  - This project is a development effort to create a stable and feature rich Linux driver for wireless 802.11b and 802.11g cards that are based on the Ralink rt2400 and rt2500 chipsets.

OpenLink community  - provides open, comprehensive access to Texas Instruments' connectivity technology drivers. As a one-stop-shop for resources, support, product information and more, this community provides a centralized location to make connectivity-related designs more efficient, timely and distinctive.

Broadcom 43xx Linux Driver  - is a Linux driver for the Broadcom bcm43xx wireless chips. Broadcom never released details about these chips. So this driver is based upon reverse engineered specifications. This driver was included into the Linux kernel since 2.6.17-rc2. Another branch of this driver, based on the Devicescape 802.11 Stack, which should be the future in Linux wireless support and which supports advanced capabilities (namely, full WPA support), can be found in the wireless-dev tree.

3Com/No Wires Needed 802.11b Linux drivers  - Linux drivers for the No Wires Needed Swallow 550 and 1100, the 11 Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card, and the 3Com 3CRWE62092A Wireless LAN PC Cards.

Linux Drivers for Intel Wireless Products  - Intel Production Drivers:
  • Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350
  • Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150
  • Intel WiFi Link 5300
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
Development work continues on the driver through the open source project. Driver source code and firmware binaries are provided for download.

Centrino Wireless Drivers  - This project was created by Intel to enable support for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 & the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection mini PCI adapter.

Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Driver  - This project was created by Intel to enable support for the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection adapter. This project (IPW3945) is intended to be a community effort as much as is possible.

ACX100 / ACX111 wireless network driver  - Open Source Linux driver for wireless network cards (DWL-[G]520+ PCI, DWL-[G]650+ CardBus, GL-2422MP mini-PCI, DWL-120+ USB etc.) which use the entirely undocumented TI ACX100/ ACX111 chips, for 2.4.x to 2.6.x kernels.

Linksys WLAN Card  - This is the most simple way to get the Linksys wireless network card to work with debian. This document is based on the Linksys WMP54G wifi 54Mb/s card, but these instructions will work for the other Linksys 802.11a 802.11b and 802.11G cards too.

MadWifi  - "Multiband ATHEROS Driver for Wifi". This is the Open Source project site for MadWifi - a Linux kernel device driver for Wireless LAN chipsets from Atheros. There they host the code repository, bug tracking system, documentation and support information.

Hardware supported by MadWifi  - This page (and its sub-pages) lists hardware that has been reported to be based on one of Atheros' chipsets. Usually these reports also contain comments on whether the device in question is supported by MadWifi.

NdisWrapper  - Some vendors do not release specifications of the hardware or provide a Linux driver for their wireless network cards. This project implements Windows kernel API and NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) API within Linux kernel. A Windows driver for wireless network card is then linked to this implementation so that the driver runs natively, as though it is in Windows, without binary emulation. With ndiswrapper, virtually every miniPCI (builtin), PCI, PCMCIA (Cardbus only) or USB wireless network card works in Linux. Although ndiswrapper is intended for wireless network cards, other devices are known to work: e.g., USB to serial port device, ethernet card, home phone network device etc.

DriverLoader  - is a commercial compatibility- wrapper allowing standard Windows NDIS drivers shipped by hardware vendors to be used as-is on Linux systems. WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy with 64, 128, or 256-bit keys) and state-of-the-art WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security with AES or TKIP encryption are supported. IEEE 802.1x authentication is also supported with xsupplicant.
Chipsets from the following manufacturers are supported:
  • Atheros
  • Broadcom (AirForce 54g, on both x86 and 64-bit [x86_64] systems)
  • Cisco (Aironet)
  • INPROCOMM
  • Intel (PRO/Wireless 2100, 2100A, 2200BG - Centrino)
  • Conexant/GlobespanVirata/Intersil (Prism GT/Duette/Indigo)
  • Marvell (Libertas)
  • Realtek (RTL8180L)
  • Texas Instruments (ACX100, ACX111/TNETW1130)
  • ZyDAS (ZD1211)
These chipsets are used in many Notebook or Desktop adapter products by Acer, Actiontec, Asus, Belkin, Blitzz, Buffalo/MELCO, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, eMachines, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP/Compaq, IBM, Linksys, Microsoft, Motorola, NETGEAR, SMC, SONY, Toshiba, U.S. Robotics, Z-Com, ZyXEL, and many others.

Linux Zydas 1201 (Sweex LC100020) Driver  - This project is focused in distributing a Linux driver for the ZyDAS 1201 based USB 802.11b Network adapters. Such as the Sweex LC100020 sold by Sweex Essentials and others. Originaly sweex distributed a linux driver for its Wireless(802.11) USB adapters, but suddenly they retired their linux drivers from their support site, and according to their technical support linux was no longer supported for that product. The driver was a modification on the linux-wlan-ng driver developed by AbsoluteValue Systems.is a driver for the Zydas 1201 based USB 802.11b Network adaptars.

BlueFritz!  - (not only) Linux drivers for AVM's BlueFritz! products.

Bluetooth-alsa  - Bluetooth audio for Linux. This project aims to make bluetooth headsets of all types work well with Linux computers, from a standard desktop to a limited embedded device. The most common use of bluetooth audio is to make a wireless connection to a cellphone. The advanced audio distribution profile, A2DP, provides the basis for high-fidelity audio.

Linux Winmodem Support  - The FIRST step towards finding a Linux driver is identifying the modem's CHIPSET. A scanModem tool will help you. The chipset will be recognized and cogent updated knowledge and URLs written out. Modems from a single manufacturer can have different chips. For PCI card modems, a database can be searched.

Linmodem-HOWTO  - This document describes Linmodem (winmodem hardware) support under Linux. While such support is limited (almost exclusively in the form of manufacturer-created, but unsupported, binary kernel modules), the number of chipsets with some form of support is growing rapidly.

LTModem Diagnostic Tool  - The current functionality is: Finds a Lucent PCI winmodem and reports information on this, goes offhook and detects the dial tone, dials using pulses or dtmf. Detects the answer tone of the phone at the other end, or busy tone if it is engaged. Picks up incomming calls. Command line mode allows control of modem interactively or via a script file.

Conexan modem chipsets  - drivers for Conexant HCF and HSF PCI chipsets, which are used by many modem and computer system manufacturers.

CLModem PPP Driver  - CLModem is a driver for the CL-MD5620DT Winmodem chip set by Ambient Tech that supports PPP.

SpeedTouch USB ADSL Modem  - is the homepage for the Open-Source linux kernel module for the Speed Touch USB ADSL modem from Alcatel's modem branch, now part of Thomson Multimedia. There are two main ways to get the Speedtouch USB modem working on Linux. You can use the kernel drivers or the user space tools. Although the two approaches have a lot in common there are also significant differences. These pages are focussed on providing information about how to get the kernel drivers working.

Speedtouch USB driver homepage  - This site gives the status of a GPL driver project for the ADSL SpeedTouch USB modem originally manufactured by Alcatel (the Alcatel's modem branch is now part of Thomson Multimedia). This driver is for Linux and *BSD operating systems.

3Com ADSL Modem USB  - Development of a driver and utilities to use 3Com ADSL Modem USB.

DSL Chipsets  - is a Linux DSL Wiki page listing all DSL chipsets/drivers.

Zyxel 630-11 ADSL USB Modem  - Zyxel 630-11, 630-13 (ADSL USB Modem with Alcatel chipset) Linux driver.

ECI HiFocus ADSL USB  - ECI HiFocus ADSL USB and Globespan based modems Linux driver.

Asus AAM6000UG ADSL USB Modem  - Asus ADSL USB Modem with Alcatel chipset Linux driver.

Allied Data Copperjet 800 Linux Drivers  - ADSL Modem with Texas Instruments chipset.

AT-AR 215 USB-ADSL-Modem  - provides open source LINUX drivers for the ADSL-USB-Modem "AT-AR 215" by Allied Telesyn.

AVM - ADSL  - Linux drivers for AVM's FRITZ!Card DSL. Those who use a Linux distribution other than SuSE can compile this driver locally.

PPPoE  - Roaring Penguin's PPPoE Software. PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) is a protocol used by many ADSL Internet Service Providers. Roaring Penguin has a free PPPoE client for Linux and Solaris systems to connect to PPPoE service providers. Dubbed RP-PPPoE, this open-source product is ideal for Linux users with a DSL "modem" whose Internet service provider uses PPPoE.

ISDN 4 Linux  - here you can get latest Utility packages.

Gigaset ISDN Driver  - The aim of this project is the development of Linux device drivers and user space programs for the Siemens Gigaset 307x ISDN DECT base (and successors). The drivers connect the base to the Linux system, either through a direct USB connection or through one of the DECT data devices M101 (serial) or M105 (USB). They provide integration with the Linux ISDN subsystem for making ISDN connections through the base, as well as character devices for direct access to its AT command interface. User space programs provide access to the device configuration, journal log, and additional features like SMS.

CAPI 4 Linux, CAPI 4 Hylafax and Patches (url1)  - contains the CAPI2.0 driver for linux and usefull information and tools for capi4linux.

CAPI 4 Linux, CAPI 4 Hylafax and Patches (url2)  - contains the CAPI2.0 driver for linux and usefull information and tools for capi4linux.

AVM Linux Service-Portal  - "Service, Infos & Download fuer alle Linux-Anwender". Hier finden Sie neueste Treiber, Tools, Programme, Updates, Entwicklerwerkzeuge, News, Tipps, FAQs sowie Informationen zu saemtlichen AVM-Produkten.

ISDN Fritz PCI 2.0 unter Debian  - Diese Anleitung beschreibt, wie eine AVM Fritz PCI 2.0 ISDN Karte unter Debian unter Verwendung von CAPI4Linux in Betrieb genommen werden kann. Angewandt wurde diese Vorgehensweise unter Woody (Debian 3.0) mit Kernel 2.4.18 sowie Sarge mit Kernel 2.4.20.

AVM - ISDN, ADSL & Bluetooth  - Linux drivers for AVM's products (FRITZ!Cards, Fritz!Box, BlueFRITZ!, ...).

Teledat USB 2 a/b und baugleiche Modelle (AVM Fritz!X USB und Fritz!X PC v2/v3, 1&1 NetXXL)  - beschaeftigt sich mit dem Projekt die Teledat USB 2 a/b Telefonanlage unter Linux vollstaendig lauffaehig zu machen. Zum Groszteil sind die Informationen, mit kleinen Einschraenkungen, auch auf baugleiche Modelle zu übertragen.

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