Despite not mentioning it here for a while, Ulrich Kunitz and myself have been driving forward with our ZD1211 USB-WLAN driver rewrite.
For a start, the driver is included in the recently released Linux 2.6.18 kernel, which has resulted in a drastic increase in the number of users. If you’re looking for a handy way to add wireless connectivity to a computer now and then, these devices are ideal: cheap, small, reliable, in-kernel driver, redistributable firmware.
A more functional driver can be found in the 2.6.19-rc development tree. New features include:
- LED support – the light goes blinky blink during network usage.
- Support for devices based on the AL7230B RF (i.e. ZD1211-based devices which support 802.11a). We don’t support 802.11a connectivity just yet, but you can now use these devices to connect to b/g networks.
- Out-of-the-box support for driverless devices (not even the vendor driver supports this!).
- More accurate signal strength/quality statistics.
- Many more device ID’s added thanks to people testing the driver with their hardware.
Coming for 2.6.20: ERP handling (to play nicer when 802.11b clients are in sight), hardware decryption, and more! Many thanks to ZyDAtheros for their continued support.