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Old 09-20-2006, 06:17 PM   #1
KumoriJinsoku
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Gateway 600YG2 with Fedora Core 5 (2.6.17-1.2187_FC5 kernel) using SMC2536W-AG


I have installed Fedora Core 5 on my laptop and have YUM fully updated. My wireless card is the SMC2536W-AG mentioned above and in order to use it, I installed the madwifi drivers from the sourceforge website.

I ran into some problems with installing it using the "make" command, but with the help of my friend, he got it up and running (I needed the source files for FC). I was able to get onto one of the wireless networks at my school which was an open network.

However, now I'm at home and I am unable to connect to my wireless home network. I set it up myself and configured it to DHCP, open and unencrypted (for now). But it will not connect at all. Here are some stats to show what I have on my system.
Code:
[root@localhost ~]# iwconfig --version
iwconfig  Wireless-Tools version 28
          Compatible with Wireless Extension v11 to v19.

Kernel    Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v20.

ath0      Recommend Wireless Extension v13 or later,
          Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v20.

eth1      Recommend Wireless Extension v14 or later,
          Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v20.
I am not sure whether to use Network Manager or not with madwifi drivers, but I have tried both ways, using both the terminal commands and Network Manager. I scan for the network and it sees the network, however, connecting to the network seems to just time out. With the Network Manager, it runs, trying to connect to it, but neither one of the circles light up. After a while, it stops trying to connect. With my terminal commands, I get up to the point where I run the "dhclient" command (in this case, my interface is "ath0" so the entire command would be "dhclient ath0") and that also hangs up on it for a while and then brings me back to the root. Also, when I run another "iwconfig ath0" to see if it still has the ESSID, my wireless card loses it and trys to scan for available networks. I'm at a loss at what to do now.

Many thanks ahead of time.
 
Old 09-21-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
serafean
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Hi,

seeing this :
Quote:
iwconfig Wireless-Tools version 28
Compatible with Wireless Extension v11 to v19.

Kernel Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v20.
I'd suggest upgrading your wireless tools. (http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...nux/Tools.html)
But knowing that you've already managed to connect to a network, I wouldn't be too hopeful ,that this will solve your issue.
Hope it is not as useless as it sounds :-D
 
Old 09-21-2006, 01:31 PM   #3
KumoriJinsoku
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Originally Posted by serafean
Hi,

seeing this :
I'd suggest upgrading your wireless tools. (http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...nux/Tools.html)
But knowing that you've already managed to connect to a network, I wouldn't be too hopeful ,that this will solve your issue.
Hope it is not as useless as it sounds :-D
Thanks for the reply.

I went and checked the website, but it seems I have the latest version of wireless tools. (Version 28 is the latest, I assume?) I'm actually typing and posting this reply on one of my schools networks so I know my wireless card and drivers work. I just can't connect to my home wireless network. (Unfortunately, I won't be home all day today so I can't do any testing now. I'll try again tomorrow.)

The wireless router that I'm trying to connect to happens to be an older model of Linksys. It's a BEFW11S4 V3.0 (an old ancient one) and now I'm not sure if I can't connect to it because it's my computer or if the wireless router is just old. Any help or comments would be nice (other than "buy a new wireless router" lol).

- Kumori

EDIT: Here is the link to the wireless router that I'm trying to connect to.
http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...=1121194966208

Last edited by KumoriJinsoku; 09-21-2006 at 04:15 PM.
 
  


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