Re: Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 vs. Broadcom BCM9430x

From: Martin List-Petersen (
Date: Thu Jun 12 2003 - 13:07:02 EST

On Thu, 2003-06-12 at 17:15, Marc Sowen wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I hope this is not too off-topic, but the fact is that neither the Intel
> PRO/Wireless 2100 (Centrino) chipset nor the Broadcom BCM9430x (e.g.
> Dell Truemobile 1180/1300/1400) chipset is currently supported in Linux
> due to FCC regulation problems.
> Anyhow, I plan to get a new Notebook within the next 2 or 3 weeks and I
> need to decide, whether to go for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 or the
> Broadcom BCM9430x chipset. I know it's hard to say, but what do you
> think, which company (Intel or Broadcom) is more likely to release the
> necessary documents and/or drivers for their chipsets? Both companys
> seem to ignore all inquiries concerning Linux support at the moment.

I think the chances are even. Buy were you get best value for money. I
bought the TM1400 and swapped it for now with a TM1150 sparepart (it's
not quite expensive).

Also a Orinico based PC-card is available for down to 50 EUR out there.
That would work until a driver is available.

Martin List-Petersen
martin at list-petersen dot dk

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