> Is it possible to use NDISWrapper with devices other than wireless
> network adapters? I would like to use it with my USR 56K PCI
> Faxmodem (USR5660A) 'softmodem'. The Linuxant driver is not free and
> isn't fully functional.
There's a tendancy towards external modems these days, as they're pretty much the only ones that are still mostly hardware. Hardware modems don't require software drivers.
I've had reasonable success with linuxant pci softmodems. Although most times it takes some trickery to get them configured just right. Like module parms Forced=IRQ,Region2,Region1,0. But once working I can stay connected indefinitely and only need to cycle the router about once every 400 hours or so.
The connexant on my laptop does require the linuxant drivers. Although I have a very old module from pre-linuxant and early-linuxant that works on it. But it doesn't connect at a very good speed in either windows or linux. And that old driver causes the laptop to crash consistently after about five hours of use in linux.
But this is fairly OT so reference linmodems.org to see what has drivers. And check the drivers for vender:device numbers of supported modem types. Noting that some of the documentation is dated and some of the drivers only work on certain kernel versions like 2.4.x.
An MTU of 576 is recommended for dialup access, and has me doing 15MB-18MB per hour downloads fairly consistently(40K-50K connect speeds). Although modding windows MTU settings was significantly more difficult than linux. Without the MTU mod I was only doing 12MB-14MB per hour and packet qeueing was frustrating at best.