informantion NANONOTE

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at sharism.cc
Tue Feb 2 20:58:50 EST 2010


Hi Oscar!

> I want to know if the nanonote has wifi? A friend told me that I can
> obtain wi-fi using a auxiliar SD card,

The NanoNote does not have Wi-Fi.
There is one micrSD Wi-Fi card in the world, afaik the only one:
Spectec SDW-823
After a few months of being unavailable, it seems available again:
http://www.expansys-usa.com/d.aspx?i=140798

However, it's crazy expensive! 82.12 USD at Expansys USA, plus shipping.
(that's because this card is only manufactured in very low volumes, and
Spected needs to try to recoup their engineering expenses over those low
volumes, maybe only 1000-2000 cards)

Several months ago we bought 10-15 of these cards to support some Wi-Fi
hackers. I don't know exactly where the cards are right now (I have 1 left
for myself), but if you want to do some serious Wi-Fi hacking maybe we can
find a card somewhere.

The people that got the cards have since gotten the GPL driver to work,
I believe in the latest official image 20100113 not everything is working
out of the box, however.
The next steps are:

1. continue to get our official images to support these cards out of the box
2. REALLY UNDERSTAND how well the card perform: power consumption, antenna
performance, driver features.
3. if we feel comfortable that this is actually working well, I could imagine
that we buy a larger amount from Spectec and offer in our shop. Maybe the
price could be brought down to 49 USD or so, maybe even a bit less but
depends on volume.

However, we will only promote and sell these cards if they work really well.
So for now the simple bottom line is: No Wi-Fi in the NanoNote.

> An I want to know how much slots for SD card does the nanonote have? I mean
> if you use one for Wifi, are there other for a memory SD  card?

No there is only 1 microSD slot, and I believe unless we change the CPU,
we cannot easily add another one (the CPU has only 1 SDIO port).
So if you have the Wi-Fi card inserted, you cannot have another microSD
card.

Hope this is not too disappointing :-) Wi-Fi hacking definitely continues,
if we have good news to report we'll do it!
Wolfgang

On Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 10:04:21AM -0500, Oscar Javier Riverac Claro wrote:
> Hello. I have a couple of questions. I want to know if the nanonote has
> wifi? A friend told me that I can obtain wi-fi using a auxiliar SD card,
> that is true?
> 
> An I want to know how much slots for SD card does the nanonote have? I mean
> if you use one for Wifi, are there other for a memory SD  card?
> 
> Thanks.

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