I got all reminiscy while digging through a box of stuff that was 14 years old. Found the Orinoco Gold Wi-Fi card that was the heart of my first wardriving setup. Smokin’!
In 2002, a few of us at Motorola SPS RF/IF Products (or was it Radio Products?) were fortunate enough to acquire the Lucent Orinoco Gold cards. We experimented with ad-hoc, infrastructure, all at the amazing speeds of 11 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. Darren, Dave and I had the cards. Long before Moto even had employee Wi-Fi in its buildings.
Here at my main site, there’s some scattered monthly summaries of how Wi-Fi was slowly taking off in Phoenix. I mapped them each month in an effort to convince our management that Wi-Fi was growing extremely fast, and that we needed to address the Wi-Fi chipset space. Sadly, we never got our act together, not as Moto and not as Freescale.