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Yeah that thread Trick linked to covers a ton... I think there are 3-4 more floating around too. As it stands, the distros as well as the kernel haven't got to the point where making a wizard for wireless configuration is really feasible just yet. If that thread doesn't help you much, just post your question there, we might as well try to keep all of the wpc11 befuddlements in one place. Also, what version is your card? 2/2.5/3?
Hey Tricky, guess what? That was your 5000th post!
Originally posted by finegan Yeah that thread Trick linked to covers a ton... I think there are 3-4 more floating around too. As it stands, the distros as well as the kernel haven't got to the point where making a wizard for wireless configuration is really feasible just yet. If that thread doesn't help you much, just post your question there, we might as well try to keep all of the wpc11 befuddlements in one place. Also, what version is your card? 2/2.5/3?
Hey Tricky, guess what? That was your 5000th post!
Oh... Okay, I've got the same gear, its a PLX adapter... okay, I've never actually covered this before here, but I've done it myself. So... tada, yet a new wireless thread!
Normally I don't go line by line, but I'm going to sort of newbie-ize this one.
From the command line, and this may seem a headache, but its easiest (as root):
/sbin/modprobe orinoco_plx (the driver for that pcmcia+PCI card combo. There are 3 driver types that cover this card, I just prefer this one. Its the easiest, and the least beta).
dmesg (this is the kernel's record of detecting devices.)
At the end of dmesg should be a whole bunch of information about orinoco finding and binding to the card. If you don't see any errors, tentatively, you're doing well. Take note of what eth device it is, probably eth1. You'll need that in a second.
Now let's bring the card up so we can fiddle with the wireless settings:
/sbin/ifconfig eth1 up
Next you'll have to find and install the wireless_tools RPM from the RedHat install CDs. RedHat will not have installed them by default unless you chose them in an expert install or installed as "Laptop" or "Everything". RH still assumes wireless=laptop. Goofballs. Next up, configure the wireless settings of the card:
That all assumes that you are running encryption, if you're not its off by default so no worries, just leave that line off; that you want the card to automagically determine the rate at which it talks to the router (cuts down on overhead if the distance is great or the dog walks in front of the router), and sets the card to talk to the router in Infrastructure mode... almost definately what you are using. Also, it sets the name of the network it should be talking to.
Lastly, grab an ip address for your machine from the router:
Now, ping yahoo.com, and if all that works, post back and I'll show you how to automate it from startup. If it broke, post back with what didn't work.
If its a DWL-650H, and that doesn't work, let me know so we can come up with a hacked up hermes.conf file for it. That card makes me curious...
Mainly its a matter of getting the hermes.conf file from here, sticking that in /etc/pcmcia, calling a restart with /etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia restart, and praying for 2 high pitched beeps, then puttering about with the command "iwconfig" to get rate, essid, mode and whatnot right. Then snagging an IP off of you router (assuming dhcp) with dhcpcd ethX (X depending on which eth device).