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Old 01-03-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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Exclamation Installing IPW3945d Wireless driver for Fedora v6


Good Day,

I have a Toshiba A6-S173 laptop and I have Fedora Linux v6.0 installed. My LAN network card is recognized after the install but the wireless device is not. I downloaded the driver, ipw3945d from Intel. I am having a few problems following the install instructions since I am a Linux newbie.

I have network driver copied to my /sbin directory and the ipw3945.ucode copied to the /lib/firmware directory.

My problem is running ./load debug=0. I receive the error that the command is not found. What am I doing wrong?

Regards,
Keith
 
Old 01-04-2007, 11:35 AM   #2
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Try using atrpms.net and yum instead;

http://atrpms.net/dist/fc6/3rd-party-package-config/

yum install ipw3945 ieee80211
 
Old 01-04-2007, 12:40 PM   #3
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Exclamation ipw3945 configuration

Good Day,

I installed the ieee80211-1.2.15 tar and was able to invoke the "./load" command successfully. I then was able to scan for my wireless device and listed available wireless networks. My problem now is with the wireless configuration. My home network is encripted under WPA-Personal. I did set my SID and key parameters accordingly and my wireless device is set to DHCP but I can't connect. Another problem with my wireless device installation is upon reboot; the device is not found. I have to load it all over again. I followed the install directions about copying the ipw3945.ko file to /lib/modules.

Regards,
Keith
 
Old 01-04-2007, 12:56 PM   #4
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Try editing your /etc/modprobe.conf file and add something like;

alias eth1 ipw3945

As far as connecting first try disabling WPA-Personal (temporally) on the wireless router and see if you can connect. You might have to add the router's IP address as a line entry to your /etc/sysconfig/networking-scripts/ifcfg-<wireless_device) file.

GATEWAY=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
 
Old 01-04-2007, 02:11 PM   #5
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Exclamation Configuring ipw3945 for wireless connection

Thanks sincerely for your repoonses.

I am now able to boot with my wireless configuration intact. However, I still can't connect under DHCP under my WPA-Personal network. How do you configure my wireless device for WPA security? I provided an encryption key. Also, my wireless mode is set to Auto; should this setting be changed? My transmit rate and channel address number is also specified.

Regards,
Keith
 
Old 01-04-2007, 03:36 PM   #6
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Here is my ifcfg-eth1 file; notice that my gateway is specified. My wireless device indicates that it is active under its static IP configuration but I still can't connect over the internet.

TYPE=Wireless
DEVICE=eth1
HWADDR=00:13:02:0e:88:1c
BOOTPROTO=none
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
DHCP_HOSTNAME=
IPADDR=192.168.0.119
DOMAIN=comcast.net
ONBOOT=yes
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=yes
PEERDNS=yes
ESSID=Woodard
KEY=2603877947
CHANNEL=10
MODE=Auto
RATE=54M
GATEWAY=192.168.0.1
MTU=1
 
Old 01-04-2007, 04:37 PM   #7
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I edited your /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts file below, please try;

Quote:
TYPE=Wireless
DEVICE=eth1
HWADDR=
BOOTPROTO=none
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
DHCP_HOSTNAME=
IPADDR=192.168.0.119
DOMAIN=comcast.net
ONBOOT=yes
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=no
PEERDNS=no
ESSID=
CHANNEL=10
MODE=Managed
RATE=
GATEWAY=192.168.0.1
This key needs to be in a separate file in the same directory as your ifcfg-eth1 file named keys-eth1;

KEY=2603877947

.
 
Old 01-04-2007, 05:45 PM   #8
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Thanks, I will deploy your recommendations. I recently installed Wireless extension tools in the hopes of providing support for WPA network encryption.

http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...nux/Tools.html
 
Old 01-04-2007, 08:15 PM   #9
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Good Day,

Thanks again for your thoughtful replies to this forum thread. Unfortunately, I still can not get online on the internet despite my efforts and your ideas. At least for a newbie, I am learning a lot about the Linux world. What tools or commands are available to troubleshoot network connectivity issues on Linux? Under Windows, you can ping an IP address but how is this done on Linux? Are there any files or logs that could send you to help expedite the troubleshooting of my problem? In case you guessed, I multiboot Linux with Windows.

Regards,
Keith
 
Old 01-04-2007, 09:08 PM   #10
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You could show the output from the command; iwlist eth1 scan

You can also try disabling iptables; service iptables stop
Then restart the network service: service network restart
 
Old 01-05-2007, 05:53 PM   #11
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Here is the error message I received.

[root@localhost ~]# iwlist eth1 scan
iwlist: error while loading shared libraries: libiw.so.29: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
 
Old 01-06-2007, 08:55 AM   #12
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You said you installed the wireless tools, hopefully you did so by typing as root from the console or xterm session; yum install wireless-tools

If not then do so after first checking if you may have accidentally corrupted the installed package; rpm -qa wireless-tools

Example output with the package installed;

$ rpm -qa wireless-tools
wireless-tools-28-1.fc6


If you get a response back then you need to re-install the package, for example assuming you have a 32-bit installation of FC6;

Code:
wget http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/6/i386/os/Fedora/RPMS/wireless-tools-28-1.fc6.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh --force wireless-tools-28-1.fc6.i386.rpm

Last edited by Lenard; 01-06-2007 at 08:57 AM.
 
Old 01-06-2007, 02:49 PM   #13
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I corrected my corrupt library problem by uninstalling the Wireless tool. As you can see, I can scan my wireless network for access points but I can't connect through my gateway.

[root@localhost ~]# service network restart
Shutting down interface eth1: [ OK ]
Shutting down loopback interface: [ OK ]
Bringing up loopback interface: [ OK ]
Bringing up interface eth0:
Determining IP information for eth0... failed; no link present. Check cable?
[FAILED]
Bringing up interface eth1: [ OK ]
[root@localhost ~]#

[root@localhost ~]# ping -r 192.168.0.1
PING 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
From 192.168.0.119 icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable
 
Old 01-10-2007, 04:12 PM   #14
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Good Day,

Here is an update on the ipw3945 wireless adapter install for Linux Fedora v6.0 on my Toshiba A-6 S173 laptop. I am using the install document from http://ipw3945.sourceforge.net/INSTALL throughout this process. My wireless adapter is installed and functional; it is available upon reboot and I can configure its settings through the Network applet. However, it is only active when I configure a static address and will not connect to any wireless network. Although, I can run "iwlist eth1 scan" and view the wireless network (see below).


[root@localhost ~]# iwlist eth1 scan
eth1 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:18:01:E2:7C:E5
ESSID:"AM0M8"
Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
Mode:Master
Channel:9
Encryption keyn
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Quality=54/100 Signal level=-76 dBm Noise level=-76 dBm
Extra: Last beacon: 12368ms ago
Cell 02 - Address: 00:13:46:F1:26:8D
ESSID:"Woodard"
Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
Mode:Master
Channel:6
Encryption keyn
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Quality=90/100 Signal level=-41 dBm Noise level=-41 dBm
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (2) : TKIP CCMP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (2) : TKIP CCMP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
Extra: Last beacon: 52ms ago
Cell 03 - Address: 00:E0:98:CC:26:AD
ESSID:"04Z409109187"
Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
Mode:Master
Channel:6
Encryption keyff
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 22 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Quality=46/100 Signal level=-81 dBm Noise level=-81 dBm
Extra: Last beacon: 24ms ago
Cell 04 - Address: 00:15:E9:EB:A7:A4
ESSID:"libby_fios"
Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
Mode:Master
Channel:6
Encryption keyff
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
6 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Quality=38/100 Signal level=-86 dBm Noise level=-86 dBm
Extra: Last beacon: 1408ms ago
Cell 05 - Address: 00:15:E90:81:F2
ESSID:"default"
Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
Mode:Master
Channel:6
Encryption keyff
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
6 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Quality=49/100 Signal level=-79 dBm Noise level=-79 dBm
Extra: Last beacon: 76ms ago
Cell 06 - Address: 00:0F:66:34:E0:62
ESSID:"linksys"
Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
Mode:Master
Channel:6
Encryption keyff
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
Quality=37/100 Signal level=-87 dBm Noise level=-87 dBm
Extra: Last beacon: 2724ms ago

So if I can scan my wireless network, why can't I connect to it? There is a section that begins on page #5 of the install document (Kernel Requirements). The document instructs to modify specific settings within the autoconfig.h header file. It also mentions a menuconfig file. However, I don't know where it is located. Has anyone implemented this procedure?

Regards,
Keith
 
Old 01-10-2007, 06:37 PM   #15
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Checking your prior posting I believe Cell02 yours. You need to have wpa_supplicient installed and configured in this case. This is a bit old, but should help; http://fedoranews.org/blog/?p=599
 
  


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