Lucent Orinoco WaveLan SIlver PCMCIA WFW 3.11 drivers

July 10, 2013 at 10:12:35
Specs: Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Pentium/64MB

I have a Compaq Armada 7730MT running Windows 3.11, and I want to run my Lucent Orinoco Wavelan SIlver PCMCIA card so I can go online with it. I really need the drivers for WFW and some instructions on how to set them up.

Thank you

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July 10, 2013 at 10:48:37
Supported Operating Systems for Lucent Orinoco Wavelan SIlver PCMCIA card:

Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista

Windows 3.1x is not listed as a supported OS.

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July 10, 2013 at 12:10:28
See here:

What I'm trying to figure out is how to set the SSID and WEP password

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July 13, 2013 at 10:01:32
sdfox7, I am surprised there are DOS drivers (obviously packet drivers) for this card and yet not WFW drivers on the list.

From reading the posts however on that forum from just a couple of years ago, it is implied such drivers exist for Win 3.11 - at least that's what I see.

Apparently it is an advanced card for its era.

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July 13, 2013 at 14:38:18

Here are instructions from March 1996 on installing WaveLAN under Windows for Workgroups 3.11. I would also make sure TCP/IP is installed. (How to Obtain TCP/IP-32 3.11b for Windows for Workgroups

Here is the driver installation disk with the software 2.08 that is referenced in the above PDF:

Hope this helps.

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July 16, 2013 at 04:31:11
I'll be interested in hearing if the original poster gets it going. I hope he keeps us informed.

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July 16, 2013 at 15:06:57
Well, the problem is those drivers, the 2.08 ones posted, are for the ISA version. I have the PCMCIA version. I am assuming that I first install Card Services, then the DOS drivers, then the drivers in Win 3.11 and TCP-IP/32. As for configuring the SSID and WEP key, I have no idea.

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July 20, 2013 at 10:40:19
I did a little research online and it seems none of the manufacturers of wireless cards bothered to write 16-bit drivers for wireless cards. If they did they are DOS only.

I suspect the reasoning is: wireless PCMCIA cards starting coming of age around 2001. By that time most people were off of Windows 3.x and were on Windows 95. If you were still running it then, you were probably also on dial-up or TCP/IP, and there were probably not many people clamoring for the "latest" in wireless technology on a decade-old OS.

It seems that at the minimum you need OS that contains at least some 32-bit code such as Windows 95.

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July 23, 2013 at 16:04:43
But sdfox7, DOS is not a bad alternative. If you have DOS you can still do a lot on the internet comfortably in a text-based environment. One thing especially good I have found is IRC for DOS, as well as DOSLYNX for reading news.

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