[rescue] wifi ethernet on SPARCstation 10
clemc at ccc.com
Fri Jul 19 09:21:09 CDT 2019
sigh dyslexia: s/networking good/networking group/
On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 10:19 AM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM john <jferg977 at aol.com> wrote:
>> I've got an Orinoco Gold card but haven't tried it.
> I'm doing this from memory, which is a tad dangerous, but IIRC the AT&T
> Orinoco card used the same Si that the DEC card used [the chip was done as
> a joint project between the DEC networking good and AT&T Allentown - one of
> my brothers worked on it at AT&T]. It's possible the base chips were
> slightly different, but I thought the only real difference in the final
> product was DEC used the radio's developed for RoamAbout - which took a bit
> more power, but as I said could talk to just about anything. The Si was
> fab'ed at both AT&T Allentown and DEC Hudson [and IIRC DEC solid the rights
> to that and the Tulip to Marvell at one point. Intel will later sell them
> the rest of StrongARM stuff when they got of the direct ARM business a few
> years later].
> Anyway at the time, the stock Compaq WiFi PCMCIA card used Si that came
> from somebody else, who's name I forget these days; but that chip much
> cheaper to make/purchase than the AT&T/DEC Si; but as I said previously, it
> only worked if you were right on top of the AP and had a clear line of
> sight to it.
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