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Old 07-27-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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Step-by-step instructions Slackware 12 wireless installation


Hello:

I am looking for a step-by-step walkthrough to tell me how to setup my girlfriend's laptop to connect to my wireless router.

Here are the specs:

1) Slackware 12
2) Linksys Router WRT54GS
- SSID = Treeburger
- Channel = 6, 2.437GHz
- Security Mode = WPA Personal
- WPA Algorithm = AES

I have no idea what her wireless card is or how to find out.

I really have no idea what I am doing. I tried messing around with rc.inet1.config and rc.wireless.config. I even went so far as downloading the wpa_suplicant package . . . but have no idea what to do with it.

Please help me out, thanks!

~Travis
 
Old 07-27-2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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I can't help you a lot with this one, but can you post the output of the lspci command so folks here can determine the card's chipset

In case that isn't clear - open a terminal and type lspci followed by return

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Old 07-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #3
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Network Controller: Broadcom Corp. BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN controller
 
Old 07-29-2008, 02:32 AM   #4
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Maybe it's not step by step, but may help
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43
BTW, is this Slackware 12.0 or 12.1?
 
Old 07-29-2008, 02:58 AM   #5
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I think you'll still need the lspci output, since I believe that different versions of the same card can have different chipsets.
 
Old 07-29-2008, 06:42 PM   #6
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She is using Slackware 12.1.
 
Old 07-29-2008, 10:09 PM   #7
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Okay, I was able to download the packages from http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43.

I installed them following the instructions. They didn't work, so I checked out dmesg. It told me to install an earlier version. I did that.

The only thing different from today and yesterday is that the little LED for wireless shows up on her computer.

The truth is I have no idea what setup files I need to touch or what needs to be in them. From what I have found, I have to edit the rc.inet.config and wpa_supplicant.config file. I have found a few sites explaining what I need, but none of them seem to be working for me.

A copy of someone else's .config files would probably be very useful; especially if you're encrypting using AES.
 
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I did a bit of searching, and the solutions I've seen for this device all centre around using ndiswrapper (that is, using the windows drivers through ndiswrapper). Is that what you're trying to do?

Perhaps this will help

http://www.google.com/linux?hl=en&q=...re&btnG=Search
 
Old 07-30-2008, 10:31 PM   #9
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I started by downloading wpa_supplicant. I downloaded the firmware from the link I listed about. I think I can avoid the wrapper since there is firmware for Linux. Maybe I'm wrong.
 
Old 07-30-2008, 11:11 PM   #10
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I don't know to be honest - I'm trying to help since not many others are.

A suggestion for you though - I'd try and get the thing working without wpa (that's what wpa_supplicant is for, but I guess you know that), and once you get it working without, add the wpa in.
 
Old 07-31-2008, 03:34 AM   #11
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If you installed firmware, it should be in /lib/firmware. If it is, the card should be working now.
To configure connection edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf, should look like that:

Quote:
IFNAME[4]="wlan0"
IPADDR[4]=""
NETMASK[4]=""
USE_DHCP[4]="yes"
Quote:
WLAN_WPA[4]="wpa_supplicant"
WLAN_WPADRIVER[4]="wext"
Then, edit /etc/wpa/supplicant.conf - there are plenty of examples in /usr/doc/wpa_supplicant-<your version>/wpa_supplicant.conf.sample.
 
Old 07-31-2008, 08:10 PM   #12
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Any idea why I keep getting siocsifflagsperation not supported?
 
Old 07-31-2008, 08:12 PM   #13
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It says it can't set my nickname???
 
Old 07-31-2008, 11:21 PM   #14
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Good sign, my Broadcom did the same, but worked /etc/rc.d/rc.wireless tries to set nickname on the interface - that can't be done by Broadcom driver and the result is in your posts. Don't worry about that. Please, post the output of
Quote:
wpa_cli status
and
Quote:
iwconfig
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:46 AM   #15
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Selected interface 'wlan0'
wpa_state=SCANNING


wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"Treeburger"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption keyff
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
 
  


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