I need to know what cards I should get that will allow me to test any wireless enviroment. I would also like to know what is the cheapest card that will do everything. I want it to work in Linux and Windows without jumping through hoops. So what do you guys use ?
Netgear WAG511. It is an 802.11a/b/g PC card with an Atheros 5001X chipset. The Atheros chipset allows it to work with many analysis and security tools.
My history with WAG511 Netgear cards has been one bereft of praise. It's a great card - when it chooses to cooperate - which for me was just shy of never. (It would always start great - then quickly descend into the depths of pure inoperability [this is a family site].) I shot a hole in one, and gave the other away. I have had outstanding response from Cisco's a/b/g - same atheros chipset - ... Ben, I thought you were getting enthused about Proxim's (again, atheros). I know some people have been quite happy with Netgear - and, they and I were using dell's - but - "it sure didn't work for me".....
Check out this site, this gives the linux compatibility for various cards.
A guy called HJ Heins has painfully kept track of things and has done a great job. Kudos to him :-)