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Old 03-27-2003, 10:13 PM   #1
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Linksys Wireless Pci Card Problems


Hi, i am using RedHat 8 for the first time, and i am at a complete loss as to how to config my wireless card. It is a Linksys WMP11 PCI card. i am running Redhat in the GUI X Windows mode.
I have downloaded a driver archive from www.linux-wlan.com but i have no idea what to do with all the files inside. i am not computer illiterate, well at least i thought i wasnt , but this is certainly making me feel that way. can anyone provide me detailed instructions as to how to do this? here is a link to d/l the archive i am speakin of in case that will help.thnx for any advice u can offer me.
ftp://ftp.linux-wlan.org/pub/linux-w...g-0.2.0.tar.gz

ps. i have been trying to follow some directions i have found on the linksys website, but keep encountering problems.... and those bastards @ linksys, and i quote "*Please note that Linksys does not offer phone nor E-mail support of the Linux operating system. This information is strictly informational only and Linksys is not responsible for any damage/data loss done to your OS by following these instructions. You must do this at your own risk."

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Old 03-28-2003, 05:47 PM   #2
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ok, where are you encountering your problems? have you tried to compile the drivers yet? where are you with this?

also, try here

Ciao,

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Old 03-28-2003, 10:03 PM   #3
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WMP11 PCI v2.7?

Hi,
I saw your add. I was trying to find some wireless nic to run on Linux as well. So I had to do a lot of research on this and I came to these conclusions:
1. Almost all the vendors that were using PRISM2.x or 3 chipsets moved to some other types of microchips (so now it is hard to find some PCI or USB wlan nic)
2. If you have bought this card resently - you are out of luck (I'm sorry) - the new version has different chipset (I think Amtel). Also USB LinkSys WUSB11 must be v2.5 and no other. In some articles is that you should look on version number on the box - if it is 2.7 (or maybe higher these days) it is bad. If there is no number, you should be ok.
3. be aware also of the PCI version. The PCI 2.2 is the 'newer' standard, so older motherboard won't support it


note: linux-wlan-ng driver works only with PRISM based chipsets!!! Most of them are only PCMCIA... But to build wlan-ng driver for PCMCIA on PC station you would need a certain bridge - you'll find the exact type in the README file of the wlan-ng driver.

What I don't know is, if you buy a FULL PCMCIA to PCI adapter that the system see as a PCMCIA ...

Respect -- Tomas
 
Old 03-29-2003, 12:41 AM   #4
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here is as far as i've gotten now. everything builds and installs correctly. next i go to configure in "/etc/wlan/", but what i have noticed is that there are 2 /etc directories. one exists above my root, and the other resides in my /root/ in the directory that i untarred the archive to. so i went to the one that i untarred everything to. as per the readme, i then:

cp /etc/wlan/wlancfg-DEFAULT /etc/wlan/wlancfg-WORKGROUP
i then edited everything as per instructions.
then it says "set up your resolv.conf to point to DNS server", but that file is empty and has nothing in it. for the hell of it, i tried, ifconfig wlan0 and i get device not found or something like that. anyone help plz?

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Old 03-29-2003, 03:58 PM   #5
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bump, i changed teh above post
 
Old 03-29-2003, 11:00 PM   #6
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hahaahah yesssss!! i finally got this to work!!! i followed the simple instructions on the other post:
sbin/modprobe hermes
/sbin/modprobe orinoco
/sbin/modprobe orinoco_pci

The use ifconfig to bring the card up, assuming its eth0

ifconfig eth0 up
iwconfig eth0 essid nameofnetwork
iwconfig eth0 enc 123213213213 (assuming wep)
dhclient eth0

and everything worked like magic!! my only problem is this, whenever i restart the computer i gotta do allthis over again! how do i fix this? and if anyone has the spare time or is working towards their teaching degree, would u care to explain why the method above worked like a charm while the linux-wlan drivers kept me banging my head against teh wall for 3 days??
 
Old 03-29-2003, 11:07 PM   #7
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try ifconfig without the interface name

And you should see what interfaces are up.
You should write something into your rc.local (/etc/rc.d/rc.local) this line:
wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_ifstate ifstate=enable
(and some other lines that are in the manual - I don't exatly remember all of them, sorry)
and or (I don't know this exactly) the booting stuff into:
/etc/init.d/boot.local

and before all - try this:
ifconfig wlan0 up
(which could possibli bring the interface up)
if then ifconfig wlan0 works, you should specify the whole nine yards -- default gateway, IP, mask...

Tomas
 
Old 03-29-2003, 11:24 PM   #8
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[root@localhost root]# ifconfig wlan0 up
wlan0: unknown interface: No such device

[root@localhost root]# ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:06:25:03:89:89
inet addr:192.168.1.103 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:2847 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1964 errors:2 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:1422995 (1.3 Mb) TX bytes:458225 (447.4 Kb)
Interrupt:10 Base address:0x6000 Memory:f4001000-f4001fff

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:72 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:72 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:4682 (4.5 Kb) TX bytes:4682 (4.5 Kb)
 
Old 03-30-2003, 04:11 AM   #9
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hmmm

And what about if you run:
iwconfig

Does that give you anything?

I'll go and search for some stuff you could do...

Tomas
 
Old 03-30-2003, 04:23 AM   #10
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ok, let us see

here:
try
modprobe p80211
or
modprobe prism2_pci

find yourself a rc.local in /etc/rd.d/ folder
enter there:
1. modprobe prism2_pci

2. wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_ifstate ifstate=enable

3. wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_autojoin ssid=<your APs SSID> authtype=<opensysem || sharedkey>
4. ifconfig wlan0 <yourIP> netmask <yourNetmask> broadcast <yourBroadcast>

5. route add default gw <yourGateway>

I have a different card, so mine installation was different.
 
Old 03-30-2003, 04:26 AM   #11
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extracted from the original wlan-ng README

--quote--
Note that you'll also need to add an modules.conf alias statement

for the driver that you wish to load (pci or plx), we don't

explicitly load a module in init.d/wlan because we don't know which

one you want. ;-)
--end of quote--

Try to edit the modules.conf in /lib/modules/2.4.X-X/ (if I remember corectly)
Tomas
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Old 03-30-2003, 04:41 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by infamous41md
bump, i changed teh above post
Sorry, I have overlooked this add for some stupid reason.

I believe that if you add the configuration lines into therc.local file, you should be fine (rc.local is the last one that loads)
 
Old 03-30-2003, 02:28 PM   #13
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ok im back on windows computer now. my internet on the Linux just dies once ever hour or so. i'll be on the web, and all of a sudden it will say "resolving host www.whatever.com". im guessing its b/c the way i got it to work. i remember reading on the other guys post that the orinoco setup isnt very reliable for my card. bah im kinda lost right now. i would really like to config the linux wlan drivers the correct way.

edit: i edited my init scrips so that it gets loaded everytime i reboot. but i am still having the dropped connection issues every so often.

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Old 03-30-2003, 11:40 PM   #14
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ok... I'm just finding you something to read

I know that you've read probably more than is healthy in the past couple of days, but here might be some helpful stuff:

http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...elan-IEEE.html
http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...x/Orinoco.html

Orinoco drivers:
http://ozlabs.org/people/dgibson/dldwd/

also look for wireless tools - that might be helpfull...
try to download it from here:
http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...nux/Tools.html

There might be an IRQ problem... I have a full PCMCIA to PCI cradle - so I had to install pcmcia-cs package and edit /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia
to:
PCIC_OPTS="irq_mode=0 pci_irq_list=5"
of course the _list_ can be 10,11... Try different and you'll see. But that might not be the problem.

I hope that helps...
Tomas
 
Old 03-31-2003, 12:29 PM   #15
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wolf<< thanks for the links and help, and yes... i have read waaaaaaaaaaaay too much the last few days!! i have been fiddling with a lot of crap the last day or so, but nothing seems to keep the card stable for more than a couple hours. what i reallly would like to do is configure the linux-wlan drivers correctly, b/c from what i have read those are the best and most reliable ones. I've emailed their site but have yet to get a response...
so if anyone here has setup the linuxwlan drivers with a LINKSYS WMP11 card, ur help would be greatly appreciated!!
 
  


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