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Old 09-20-2006, 12:31 PM   #1
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Installing Wireless Card Drivers


Hi all, anyone know if this card (Linksys Wireless G - Model WMP54G) is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux?
Anyone know how to install and configure the card? I need to set up WEP and I need to configure a static I.P.
The card is V2

thx

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Old 09-20-2006, 05:42 PM   #2
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This should get you started;
http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/sh...t=2562&cat=144
 
Old 09-21-2006, 08:34 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by comprookie2000
thanks for the link

unfortunately, the driver page gives me a 404. Anywhere else I can DL those drivers from?

Is it possible to install the windows drivers from my cd with ndisswrapper, I read somewhere that it's ok but with mandrake..

any ideas?

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Old 09-21-2006, 03:21 PM   #4
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You should be able to use the files from your cd.
Here is the link to ndiswrapper, follow it step by step.
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m....php/Main_Page
 
Old 09-23-2006, 12:05 PM   #5
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excellent, i'll try it out and let you guys know how it went. thanks a lot
 
Old 09-23-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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I dislike wireless PCI NIC because they create tons of problems. I recommend wired to wireless bridges (aka access points). These devices do not need any software to make them work. Also they do not add interference in the computer like wireless PCI NIC. Access points can be used with two setups. One connected directly to a computer wired NIC. The other is connect to a hub/switch to provide several computers with a wireless connection to another network.

My brother uses an access point because it gives him better performnace for games. Also it gives him better reception than what he has in his notebook computer.
 
Old 09-24-2006, 12:19 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply, thats a good idea. What bridge is your bro using so I know it will work well with linux?

I'm just in the process right now trying to install ndiswrapper. I will try this for a bit more and then go out and grab the bridge if unsuccessfull.

When I try to tar -zxvf ndiswrapper-0.7.tar.gz
I get a bunch of errors

tar: filename : cannot change ownership to uid 1100 - operation not permitted

It does this with every file it's trying to unzip. Not sure why, i'm logged in as root.

It does create the folder though with the files

Then when I try to perform a make install, I get more errors

ERR: Can't find kernel build files in /lib/modules/2.6.9-11.EL/build;
give the path to kerne; build dirrectlry with KBUILD=<path> argument to make
ERROR1
ERROR2

The next step is to install the windows drivers on my cd with : ndiswrapper -i /mnt/cdrom/Drivers/wmpci54g.inf

it gives me the error message stating : -bash : ndiswrapper: command not found

Anyone have any ideas? thanks

btw im using ndiswrapper 1.23 - stable version.
 
Old 09-24-2006, 01:13 PM   #8
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You need to install the kernel source package for your distro. Do that and then try compiling and installing again.
 
Old 09-24-2006, 02:35 PM   #9
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You need to install the kernel source package for your distro. Do that and then try compiling and installing again.
Thanks. Do you know how that is done? Do I have to download a new kernel from kernel.org and recompile it and remove my current kernel?

thx
 
Old 09-24-2006, 02:38 PM   #10
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No, you need to install the source package for the kernel you're currently running. Red Hat should have an RPM which you can download and install. Does RHEL use yum? Presumably you can download and install the package with that, but I can't be more specific since I don't use RHEL.
 
Old 09-24-2006, 02:39 PM   #11
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If you are using Red Hat Enterprise then:
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/FAQ_85_5109.shtm
google is your friend ...
 
Old 09-24-2006, 05:30 PM   #12
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The wired to wireless bridge is independent. The only software that is needed is a web browser to configure it.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 07:57 AM   #13
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thx guys

Electro, if I grab the wireless bridge, I still need to install the drivers for it..how would I go abouts doing that? is it a similar process as the pci wireless card?
 
Old 09-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #14
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Go to linuxant.com. You'll be up and running in about 10 minutes.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 02:49 PM   #15
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Thanks for the suggestion, I don't really want to spend 20 bucks on drivers though.

I have a Windows PC beside my linux box though with a free ethernet adapter. Can I just run a crossover from the 2 pc's and maybe use the Windows PC as a proxy so I can get the linux box on the network?
The windows pc has a wireless pci card connected to the router.
These 2 pc's are away from the router.

Anyone have any suggestions?

thx

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