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ORiNOCO is the brand name that was used for a family of wireless networking solutions by Proxim (previously Lucent). These chipsets (codenamed Hermes) provide wireless connectivity for 802.11-compliant Wireless LANs.


Lucent offered several variants of the PC Card, referred to by different color-based monikers:
  • White/Bronze: WaveLAN IEEE Standard 2 Mbit/s PC Cards with 802.11 support.
  • Silver: WaveLAN IEEE Turbo 11 Mbit/s PC Cards with 802.11b and 64-bit WEP support.
  • Gold: WaveLAN IEEE Turbo 11 Mbit/s PC Cards with 802.11b and 128-bit WEP support.
Later models dropped the 'Turbo' moniker due to 802.11b 11 Mbit/s becoming widespread.

Proxim, after taking over Lucent's wireless division, rebranded all their wireless cards to ORiNOCO - even cards not based on Lucent/Agere's Hermes chipset. Proxim still offers ORiNOCO-based cards under the 'Classic' brand.

Rebranded products

The WaveLAN chipsets that power ORiNOCO-branded cards were commonly used to power other wireless networking devices, and are compatible with a number of other access points, routers and wireless cards. The following brand and models utilise the chipset, or are rebrands of an ORiNOCO product:

  • 3Com AirConnect
  • Apple Airport and Airmac cards (original only, non extreme). Modified to remove the antenna stub.
  • AVAYA World Card
  • Cabletron RoamAbout 802.11 DS
  • Compaq WL100 11 Mbit/s Wireless Adapter
  • D-Link DWL-650
  • ELSA AirLancer MC-11
  • Ericsson WLAN Card C11
  • Farallon SkyLINE
  • Fujitsu......
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