long time no see. Just a little update from my side.
When we started working with the Marvell mini-PCI 802.11BG card, we were told that the card would support diversity, ie the use of 2 antennas. In our tests much later, we found 0.0 activity on the second antenna. After asking what the issue was, Marvell told us Diversity was never supported and would not be supported. This was the situation about 6 months back. I am out of Freecom as you know, but as far as i know that hasnt changed.
What that means is the 2 antenna trick is unlikely to be the solution. It is off course possible we made a mistake at Freecom or that there is a production error and the antenna is placed on the wrong connector, so I am very very interested to hear if this will solve anything for most people.
What I think does solve some issues:
If you go back to the 3.1.29 firmware, you are using a much older Marvell driver. This driver was in my eyes more stable then the current Marvel driver in the firmware. It might solve the connection issues. But there was a reason we upgraded at the time, namely the one mentioned about the large transfers and several others.
Its called being stuck between a rock and a hard place. You can loose stability but get several fixes or gain stability but have lots of other issues. We choose to go with the new driver, expecting Marvell to solve the stability issues in later releases. These releases never came.
Marvell has in the mean time given the driver support to a 3rd party: Streamunlimited (http://www.streamunlimited.com/
). They may offer a newer driver. I think the best case would be if streamunlimited released a new driver that solves these issues once and for all. Perhaps some friendly community pushing would help them understand?