Readily available PCI WLAN card for AP



  • Hello,

    I'm looking for a readily available, PCI low-profile WIFI card for my (quite) old Jetway J7F2 mainboard.
    It will be serving as a WLAN access point for not more than five clients.
    According to the spreadsheet at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AojFUXcbH0ROdHgwYkFHbkRUdV9hVWljVWl5SXkxbFE&hl=en#gid=0
    the ath driver would probably be best.

    Please help me.

    pfSense version:  2.1.4-RELEASE (i386)



  • I would recommend to pick up a dedicated AP. Ubiquiti or Cisco maybe. Something with POE & injector if your switch doesn't have it. This way you can put it wherever. It will just work, it will continue working and you won't have to fuss with it.


  • Netgate Administrator

    At this point 'readily available' for PCI wifi cards is going to mean 'commonly available on ebay'.
    You might consider using a PCI-miniPCI adapter since there appear to be many more miniPCI Atheros cards available.
    I second Bryan's point that wifi access points can be had very cheaply these days and offer a number of advantages.

    There are USB devices which work well.

    wikidevi is your friend here. Look for cards that feature an Atheros chipset AR5XXX 802.11B+G only. For example the TP-LINK TL-WN651G.

    Steve