[rescue] wifi ethernet on SPARCstation 10

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 19 14:48:37 CDT 2019

I have a small pile of Orinoco silver (I believe) PCMCIA adapters, new in the
box if anyone's interested. If interested, contact me off-list.


> On Jul 19, 2019, at 10:55 AM, systems_glitch <systems.glitch at gmail.com>
> Yes, those SBus -> PCMCIA adapters do exist, I have a number of them. I
> bought a bunch in the mid 2000s to use with some SPARCclassic machines to
> build some Linux-based 802.11 APs for an experimental long distance link on
> the farm. I used them with both Orinoco Gold cards (Cabletron branded) and
> Senao 200 mW high power cards. Worked fine with Debian/SPARC. Never tried
> to use wireless under SunOS/Solaris.
> I suspect it'd work under NetBSD or OpenBSD. It's listed on the NetBSD
> hardware compat list as supported.
> Thanks,
> Jonathan
>> On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 10:21 AM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>> 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.
>>> Clem
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