Brian1 thanks so much for your reply. i added livna to my repositories and tried yum install madwifi....after reboot and update this appears to have worked with a match for my updated kernel version. i now have network manager running in my tray and listing access points while my network configuration lists wifi0 as my card. /sbin/iwconfig yields:
[dehavik@localhost ~]$ /sbin/iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wifi0 no wireless extensions.
ath0 IEEE 802.11a ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:5.28 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power:16 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
ff RTS thr
ff Fragment thr
Link Quality=0/94 Signal level=-95 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
sit0 no wireless extensions.
my problem now is i can still connect via wires but cannot connect to my access point wireless after inputting my wep key nor can i connect to any unsecured network wireless (two are in the vicinity and listed). i think this may have to do with the fact that my iwconfig says wifi0 is not linked with my card which appears to be under ath0. how do i configure this so it is recognized? and how can i make sure that my driver installation went off well? the installation says yum installed all dependencies and the kernel listed matched my kernel. can i assume it worked?
pls help. i just want my wireless working and i think i'm almost there.
thanks Brian1 and the rest of the community for the generous doantion of your time!