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Old 11-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
Wareagle3
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Open Suse11 Ralinkusb and or Atheros wireless capability needed please


I am glad to depart company with MS Vista et al, however, as someone else said, at least the wifi worked.

I need some detailed instructions for how to download, install, and use the wireless capability of a Ralink USB or an installed Atheros card. I would give you the exact descriptions, but can't seem to figure out how to get a listing using Linux.

I am using Open Suse11, kernal 2.6.25.18-0.2-pae

Processor = AMD64 (Turion 64x2 Mobile Technology TL60)

Router = Netgear "WGR614v7"

I have been trying for a couple days now and have not found a way that will work. Some of the "newbie" instructions start out good, but when stating which code to use and when, they often revert to geek speak and leave us hanging.

The help I receive here will be very much appreciated by others also."WGR614v7"
 
Old 11-29-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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wireless capability of a Ralink USB
There are some Linux drivers for these cards. If the card is not recognized by your Linux installation, then you can find the driver with a Google search for the card you have installed on your system, or you can try to use the "ndiswrapper" utility. I noted you use Suse, and a Google search found that they have a how-to on ndiswrapper with Suse. What wifi devices are you using on your computer, and are they recognized by Suse Linux?

If they are pci devices, you should get some information from #lspci. I also noted that you are using a router. How are you connecting to the internet? Through wifi? What is your network setup?
 
Old 11-29-2008, 07:41 PM   #3
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You need to know which chip you have but all that I have run accross ust the rt2500. Here is a link to the drivers and there is a read me file in the driver to help you install.

http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Hom...ort/Linux.html

If you have any problems after trying to install ask and I will try and help.
 
Old 11-29-2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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I just reread your post and do you have an Atheros card insstalled also?
 
Old 11-30-2008, 04:22 PM   #5
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Thanks much for your responses and recommendations.

Having done more research including what information is useful when asking such questions, I have this to offer:

usb 2-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
usb 2-2: New USB device found, idVendor=148f, idProduct=2573
usb 2-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb 2-2: Product: 802.11 bg WLAN
usb 2-2: Manufacturer: Ralink

Following informations is result of:'/usr/sbin/iwconfig'



lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
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


Below information is from 'sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan'



lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:18:4D:8E:3C:EA
ESSID:"JonTori"
Mode:Master
Channel:11
Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
Quality=52/100 Signal level=-48 dBm
Encryption keyn
IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
Group Cipher : CCMP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : CCMP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
Preauthentication Supported
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Extra:tsf=000000278bc0803e

Now what?

Thanks again!!!!

Last edited by Wareagle3; 11-30-2008 at 04:23 PM.
 
Old 11-30-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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It seems that your built in card is working and picked up an access point "JonTori".

What happens if you do
Code:
dhcpcd wlan0
 
Old 12-01-2008, 11:21 AM   #7
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Wareagle3@linux-rmw7:~> dhcpcd wlan0
bash: dhcpcd: command not found
Wareagle3@linux-rmw7:~> su
Password:
linux-rmw7:/home/Wareagle3 # dhcpcd wlan0
err, wlan0: ioctl SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
linux-rmw7:/home/Wareagle3 #


BTW, saying "thanks" for the help seems trite, but the time you all spend helping is very much appreciated. I am a Linux fan and over time will hopefully be good enough to be the "helper" some day.
 
Old 12-01-2008, 01:13 PM   #8
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Just to double check, in OpenSUSE, do you see a little icon in the tray with 2 computers and an x over them? If so, what happens if you click it? Since it seems that your card is recognized and it must be working since it can find access points, you should be able to just click that icon, and a menu will pop up listing all of the wireless networks it picks up. The icon is there in gnome anyway, I don't know what it looks like or if it is there in KDE or not.

Also, do you have security enabled on your network? If so, the commands would be altered. For wep the commands would be similar to
Code:
iwconfig wlan0 mode managed key [yourkey] essid [your network]
ifconfig wlan0 up
dhcpcd wlan0
I don't think you should even have to use the command line for your wireless though, it should be a simple set up through the GUI.
 
Old 12-01-2008, 11:29 PM   #9
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The two little computers show my wired connection. However, there is no indication of wifi.

The [your key] instruction in the code you provided: Is that the passphrase or WPA PSK-AES type of entry. I can change the security upon your recommendation if it would be easier initially.

Thanks
 
Old 12-01-2008, 11:33 PM   #10
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To Larry Webb who asked:" I just reread your post and do you have an Atheros card insstalled also?"

Sorry for the delay in answering. Yes, the atheros card came installed with the laptop. The ralink is a USB 2573. My computer guys said that Ralink would work with Linux.

Thanks
 
Old 12-01-2008, 11:59 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wareagle3 View Post
The two little computers show my wired connection. However, there is no indication of wifi.

The [your key] instruction in the code you provided: Is that the passphrase or WPA PSK-AES type of entry. I can change the security upon your recommendation if it would be easier initially.

Thanks
Using WPA would require you to set up wpa_supplicant. I still don't understand if it is recognized why you can't just connect with the gui tools.

Could to turn off all security for the time being? IE, turn off WPA or WEP, and run an open network. Then try these steps

Code:
iwconfig wlan0 essid networkname
ifconfig wlan0 up
dhcpcd wlan0
and see if you get connected?
 
Old 12-02-2008, 06:58 AM   #12
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It has been a while since I installed a usb ralink, but I can tell you it was not automatic. I had to install the linux driver which I obtained from the ralink site. Everything did work.

I would think your 'Atheros' would work as well. It appears the driver is installed by default. Use YaST and go to "network" and see if you can install the Atheros card. Make sure your usb ralink is not plugged in.

I found this at the Suse Wiki, I hope this will help, there is a link to the Atheros card installation
http://en.opensuse.org/WiFi_HOWTO#At...wireless_cards

Last edited by Larry Webb; 12-02-2008 at 07:15 AM.
 
  


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