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Old 03-09-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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wlan0 -_-


So I bought a new wireless card today...a belkin wireless g plus. Anyways, I wrapped the driver and successfully completed that part...I think, since it comes back okay like the driver is installed (ndiswrapper -l). So then I'm playing with the Network stuff...it sees wlan0 as ndiswrapper, but when I try to connect it says that the device isn't there. O.o It's a generic message that I can get for you guys if needed...but my computer isn't right here at this second. So in short it sees the wlan0 as the wrapper, but won't let me do anything with it. Any suggestions? lol, I'm kinda new to linux (yeah...I know you figured it out), but today is my first day dealing with wireless stuff on it...so I gotta learn how.

Thanks! ^_^
 
Old 03-09-2006, 06:53 PM   #2
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A few things:

1. What does it say when you type ndiswrapper -l

2. If ndiswrapper is successful, it is just the driver. You still have to configure with iwconfig.

Here is a good place to start if the driver isn't working the way you think it should:

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m....php/Main_Page

Type "man iwconfig" in a console or command line prompt will give you your config options for iwconfig. Just try typing "iwconfig" once to get a feel for what it is you might need to change.

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Old 03-09-2006, 07:06 PM   #3
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1. "ndiswrapper device wlan0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization"

2. wlan0 doesn't show for iwconfig.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 07:32 PM   #4
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If you use ndiswrapper successfully you should get something similar to this when you type "ndiswrapper -l"

Installed drivers:
bcmwl5 driver installed, hardware present

This is what I get for my Belkin G card. "bcmwl5" is the name of the driver that I used. I actually downloaded the driver from the website so I was sure that I had the newest driver. I used the driver for Windows XP. This is what I typed to get mine going:

ndiswrapper -i /mnt/hde5/broadcom/bcmwl5.inf

The "-i" tells ndiswrapper to load the driver which is "bcmwl5.inf" which is found in the directory (on my computer) /mnt/hde5/broadcom

After doing that you should get the first message I posted, with your driver installed. It should say both "driver installed" and "hardware present".

The next command should be:

modprobe ndiswrapper

If the proper driver was loaded, this should make the driver active for that card. It made my card visible in iwconfig, it may or may not make yours. After you have done this, see if it is visible by typing:

iwconfig

If it doesn't you might have to type:

ifconfig wlan0 up

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Old 03-09-2006, 07:45 PM   #5
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Here is a quick look at iwconfig:

IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"your ssid here" Nickname:"whatever"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.xxx GHz Access Point:00:00:00:00:00:00
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption key:XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX Securitymode:restricted
Power Managementff
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-48 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

If the driver part goes well, iwconfig should give you an output similar to this. The parts in red determine whether or not your computer will have internet access. You are probably familiar with some of these if you have set up wireless before. Type the command:

man iwconfig

in a console to get help on how to configure each one, or just post back. If you are setup for dhcp it is usually as easy as:

dhcp wlan0

this is all I need to do. If you have some sort of encryption there is a bit more.

Good luck
 
  


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