By coindood at 2004-09-25 15:30
If you're tired of working on getting any wireless card based on the RTL8180 chipset, and don't want to downgrade to use the official linux drivers from Realtek or paying money for the LinuxAnt DriverLoader, then use Ndiswrapper. Getting Ndiswrapper to work is so much easier than the Realtek drivers! This is how I got my setup working on distros ranging from Debian, Knoppix, Slackware, and Gentoo:
Note: These are all console commands (for those VERY new to this!)
First you must download the newest version at
If you want to be on the edge, you can download the CVS by using:
cvs -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/ndiswrapper login
Untar the ndiswrapper file and go to http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/...x?Keyword=8180
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/ndiswrapper co ndiswrapper
and downloaded the latest Windows XP drivers.
I unzipped the drivers into my ndiswrapper directory (/home/user_name/ndiswrapper/), and per the INSTALL text, I typed
to install the driver. Typing will tell you if the driver is present, and for good measure I typed
ndiswrapper -i NET8180.INF
and looked at the last line to see if it mentioned wlan0.
dmesg | grep "wlan0"
After all that I did
to install the module, then proceeded to setup my card using iwconfig:
Test out the connection by doing a quick 'ping google.com' to make sure you are connected and the DHCP settings are all correct. If everything works, then congratulations and have fun with your new wireless setup!
iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed
iwconfig wlan0 key YOUR_KEY //if you use a key use this!
iwconfig wlan0 essid YOUR_ESSID
iwconfig wlan0 channel YOUR_CHANNEL
/sbin/ifconfig wlan0 192.168.0.10 up //an unused ip within your network!
/sbin/route add default gw 192.168.0.1 wlan0 //once again this is the AP ip
To save the "modprobe" settings, use:
Knoppix (and other Knoppix-based distros, or those with netcardconfig):
You can omit the last three lines (only configure with iwconfig up to setting the essid) and run "netcardconfig", either from the Knoppix menu under Network, where it is called "Network Card Configuration", and select "yes" in the "Use DHCP broadcast" window. Now you are all set!