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Old 03-02-2005, 01:29 AM   #1
death_au
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Question Connecting to a wireless network


I am relatively new to linux (hence my post on this forum) but I've been able to set it up for my needs so far. The one thing I'm having trouble with is a wireless network problem.
It's not my network, though. It's through my university. They lend out a wireless network card (which my laptop and linux are having no problems with) and an instruction sheet for how to connect to the network. At least, if you run windows or mac.
So can anyone offer any advice on how I will be able to connect with this network?

In the windows instructions it says to add "LTUWireless" to the "Preferred Networks" section. "Network Authentication" is "open" and Data encryption is "WEP" (The key is provided automatically).

So, what software do I need and how do I set it all up? I would greatly appreciate anyone's help...

I'm currently running Fedora Core 1 and KDE on a (kinda old and a bit slow) laptop.
 
Old 03-02-2005, 05:26 AM   #2
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Hi there,

Check out my sig for more help with ndiswrapper if you need it however firstly its important to determine which card you have and whether you've got the right tools installed. Run the following commands from a terminal (you may need to put in the full path as in usr/sbin/lspci)
lspci
ifconfig
iwconfig
The first will chuck out a load of information about your pci (and pcmcia) gear, the second shows any network interfaces and the last shows wireless interfaces. If you can stick them in a text file and post them back then that would be a good start. Other than that, google or use the search function to get up and running.
Cheers
Chris
 
Old 03-05-2005, 09:25 PM   #3
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Okay, I ran the programs like you asked, and this is the output:

Code:
[root@localhost root]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ALi Corporation M1621 (rev 05)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ALi Corporation PCI to AGP Controller (rev 01)
00:06.0 Communication controller: Lucent Microelectronics WinModem 56k (rev 01)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV] (rev 0a)
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1969 Solo-1 Audiodrive (rev 02)
00:0f.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev 20)
00:11.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 PMU (rev 09)
00:13.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6832/6833 Cardbus Controller (rev 34)
00:13.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6832/6833 Cardbus Controller (rev 34)
00:14.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Neomagic Corporation NM2200 [MagicGraph 256AV] (rev 20)
[root@localhost root]# ifconfig
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:2833 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:2833 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:2312542 (2.2 Mb)  TX bytes:2312542 (2.2 Mb)

[root@localhost root]# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:""  Nickname:"Prism  I"
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00  Bit Rate:11Mb/s
          Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:1/3
          Retry min limit:8   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0/92  Signal level:-68 dBm  Noise level:-122 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

[root@localhost root]#
What next?
 
Old 03-06-2005, 06:38 AM   #4
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You need to set the WEP key and the ssid. The former command you will need to investigate yourself as it seems to differ a bit but try
iwconfig eth0 key open <type in your key here>
then
iwconfig eth0 essid LTUWireless
then
dhclient eth0
 
  


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