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Old 03-14-2003, 02:31 PM   #1
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Angry Wireless Network Card w/ RedHat 8.0


I'm a newbie to linux but have been play around with it a lot lately, got a few programs working and have only come across one problem so far...

I can't get my Ericsson wlan C11 Card (PCMCIA) working, it auto detects my other network card but not this one, I need a little help. I'm using Kernel 2.4.18-26. Hope you guys can give me a hand. Thanks.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 07:07 PM   #2
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Ericson, haven't heard of this one before... what's the output of:

/sbin/cardctl ident

So we can figure out what chipset it is, and hopefully... what driver.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 03-17-2003, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: Wireless Network Card w/ RedHat 8.0

[root@localhost srizzoli]# /sbin/cardctl ident
Socket 0:
product info: "MEGAHERTZ", "CC/XJEM3336", "DATA/FAX/CELL ETHERNET MODEM"
manfid: 0x0102, 0x0006
function: 2 (serial)
Socket 1:
product info: "Ericsson", "Ericsson DSSS Wireless LAN PC Card", "1.00"
manfid: 0x016b, 0x0001
function: 6 (network)
[root@localhost srizzoli]#


Does this help???
 
Old 03-17-2003, 04:41 PM   #4
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Its a Symbol card, its covered by a couple of drivers... you have one of them on board, the orinoco driver.... Your distro must have a really old pcmcia config... or, the driver is loaded.

Look under:

/sbin/lsmod

and see if "hermes" "orinoco" and "orinoco_cs" are listed.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 03-29-2003, 02:26 PM   #5
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finegan,

This is the display of lsmod, I've tried the three lucent drivers bit those didn't work. I'm going to mess around more let me know if you have anymore ideas.

lsmod
Module Size Used by Not tainted
wvlan_cs 29152 0 (autoclean) (unused)
orinoco_old_cs 43444 0 (unused)
orinoco_cs 5896 0 (autoclean) (unused)
orinoco 36504 0 (autoclean) [orinoco_cs]
hermes 8196 0 (autoclean) [orinoco_cs orinoco]
ide-cd 33608 0 (autoclean)
cdrom 33696 0 (autoclean) [ide-cd]
maestro 34888 0 (autoclean)
soundcore 6532 2 (autoclean) [maestro]
binfmt_misc 7528 1
serial_cs 6256 0 (unused)
3c574_cs 12580 1
autofs 13348 0 (autoclean) (unused)
ds 8712 2 [wvlan_cs orinoco_old_cs orinoco_cs serial_cs 3c574_cs]
yenta_socket 12960 2
pcmcia_core 54784 0 [wvlan_cs orinoco_old_cs orinoco_cs serial_cs 3c574_cs ds yenta_socket]
ipt_REJECT 3736 6 (autoclean)
iptable_filter 2412 1 (autoclean)
ip_tables 15224 2 [ipt_REJECT iptable_filter]
mousedev 5524 2
keybdev 2976 0 (unused)
hid 22244 0 (unused)
input 5920 0 [mousedev keybdev hid]
usb-uhci 26188 0 (unused)
usbcore 77024 1 [hid usb-uhci]
ext3 70336 2
jbd 52212 2 [ext3]
[root@localhost root]#
 
Old 03-31-2003, 06:14 PM   #6
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wvlan_cs 29152 0 (autoclean) (unused)
orinoco_old_cs 43444 0 (unused)
orinoco_cs 5896 0 (autoclean) (unused)
orinoco 36504 0 (autoclean) [orinoco_cs]
hermes 8196 0 (autoclean) [orinoco_cs orinoco]

This is a little odd, the wvlan_cs driver is what handled orinoco and symbol based cards a long time ago and the orinoco set is entirely different, they're all listed here as unused, so the card hasn't been activated, but only one of them is in charge, from "dmesg" you can sort out which one actually got bound to the card.

When you said you tried both and neither worked, what are you using to set the essid, the encryption key, if any, and aqcuire and IP?

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 04-03-2003, 09:30 AM   #7
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I'm not using any encryption and I used the network config GUI in Gnome to add the card. I install Madrake 9.1 to see if I have better luck, it didn't detect it now I'm going to try and add it manually. Is there a special terminal based tool I can use to configure the card, or do I have to modify the files if I don't use the gui.
 
Old 04-03-2003, 12:45 PM   #8
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The command line tools are:

iwconfig

and

ifconfig

The other one looks to have loaded fine, the module was there, it was just a matter of configuration. You should have the same loaded in Mandrake, since its a straight pcmcia card, on boot you would have heard a high pitched beep followed by another high pitched beep. The first being for pcmcia noticing the bridge is there, the second for it seeing the card and binding the right module. If it had barfed on the module, it would have paused and made a low-toned bonk. If you have onboard ethernet, it would have been assigned eth0, so let's assume the wireless card is loaded second and gets eth1:

ifconfig eth1 up
iwconfig eth1 mode managed
iwconfig eth1 essid nameofnetwork
iwconfig eth1 enc 321321312312
iwconfig eth1 rate auto
dhcpcd eth1 (I dunno if Mandrake followed RH and switched to dhclient yet, so this might be: dhclient eth1, if neither work, install dhcpcd from the mandrake CDs, they sometimes leave that off to be prats.)

That's assuming your AP is set up for dhcp, which is out of the box standard, so its a good bet.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 04-03-2003, 02:31 PM   #9
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Umm... I have a wireless card, and use RedHat 8. This is how I got mine to work. It seems that RedHat recognizes your card, so run "neat". Add that new card.
Anyways, that's how I got mine to work...Though I am not using the same card as you, it shouldn't really matter...should it?
 
Old 04-03-2003, 07:06 PM   #10
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I'll beat the LINUX WIRELESS GOD (Finegan) to the punch and say that it's not so much the brand of the card that matters as it is the chipset. There's a few standard chipsets out there that most manufacturers use. It sounds like his card is supported, he just needs to do a bit of tinkering like I should be doing right now w/ Redhat 9 and my DWL-650
 
Old 04-03-2003, 08:59 PM   #11
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Bax, thanks for the praise man, but the gods are... in order as I call it:

Dave Gibson, this wacky Australian in charge of the orinoco driver.

Jean Tournilles (whose name I just butchered, but I don't want to look it up), {who I assmume is a guy, but you never know with a wacky name like Jean}, who maintains wireless extensions, the kernel API that allows wireless tools like iwconfig to work, which Jean also wrote most or part of, can't remember. Anyway, he/she works for HP and maintains the uber page of Linux wireless info.

Jean Moulini (Whew, hosed that name too), works for ssh security corp and wrote a little driver that never gets enough attention that can actually trick a prism2 card into acting as a wireless access point, AND if it can't get the firmware to run encryption, it does it user-side! At least, that's how I understand it.

Those guys whom I give a ton of flack that run the linux-wlan.net project. I may think their driver is a mess, but I couldn't hack one together, AND they were the first ones with a working driver for the prism2 (uber-vanilla) card.

Whoever wrote the module for the Cisco aironets... I never have to answer questions about it, the thing just works!

Also, Bax, the new orinoco_cs better handles the DWL650 and the other prism2.5/3 chipsets (really just a firmware difference), so that it no longer goes bazoo during sustained downloads. It'll be in 2.4.21.

What I don't like about RedHat and Mandrake for instance, is that they switched to in-kernel pcmcia early (smart!), but the user-side, pcmcia-cs they continued to release ancient versions. This meant that people had the orinoco_cs module compiled and ready for their cards for the longest time, but cardmgr didn't have a listing in its config file for them... this happened for 2 releases each, the better part of a year! I think SuSe did it once, Slack didn't even come with wireless tools at all until 8.1!!! (but they compiled easy).

Basically, all the distros think about laptops last, and are only just now beginning to really think about making wireless work easily without command line mucking.

Cheers,

Finegan, minor linux wireless configuration lay cleric
 
Old 06-09-2003, 06:48 PM   #12
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Angry CPU usage -wireless network

Hi,
Iam a linux newbie.I have an adaptec wireless network PCI card.I tried to configure the wireless network on my linux box(slackware 9.0)
I followed the steps as mentioned by finegan.
/sbin/modprobe orinoco
ifconfig eth1 up
iwconfig eth1 essid lanid
iwconfig eth1 enc wepkey
dhcpcd eth1

dhclient eth1 returns eth1:not found
so I used dhcpcd eth1 to connect to the wireless network
.I can connect to my wireless network but the CPU usage soon shoots up to 100% and my machine freezes.
PLease let me know if there is anyway I can overcome this.
Thanks a bunch
--ws

Quote:
Originally posted by f\negan
The command line tools are:

iwconfig

and

ifconfig

The other one looks to have loaded fine, the module was there, it was just a matter of configuration. You should have the same loaded in Mandrake, since its a straight pcmcia card, on boot you would have heard a high pitched beep followed by another high pitched beep. The first being for pcmcia noticing the bridge is there, the second for it seeing the card and binding the right module. If it had barfed on the module, it would have paused and made a low-toned bonk. If you have onboard ethernet, it would have been assigned eth0, so let's assume the wireless card is loaded second and gets eth1:

ifconfig eth1 up
iwconfig eth1 mode managed
iwconfig eth1 essid nameofnetwork
iwconfig eth1 enc 321321312312
iwconfig eth1 rate auto
dhcpcd eth1 (I dunno if Mandrake followed RH and switched to dhclient yet, so this might be: dhclient eth1, if neither work, install dhcpcd from the mandrake CDs, they sometimes leave that off to be prats.)

That's assuming your AP is set up for dhcp, which is out of the box standard, so its a good bet.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 06-09-2003, 07:35 PM   #13
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If its Slackware 9.0, first thing is to grab the newest orinoco module source and compile that. Its here:

You have .11b, many many things have been straightened out by the .13 series, current is .13e

Cheers,

Finegan
 
  


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