Ive just finished a fresh install of Slackware 13.37 and want to get my wireless set up. I switched to Slackware from openSUSE since I want to learn linux; I seemed to only be learning about adding repos etc with SUSE.
Im running Slackware on an Thinkpad T41 and I know it its wireless card is an Atheros and as far as I know ath5k is included in the Linux kernel. Is that right?
Anyway, included with Slackware is wpa_gui but this doesnt detect any wireless device. My next step was to try to connecting with ifconfig:
iwlist wlan0 up
This found my network lets say its called "homewireless"
#iwconfig wlan0 essid homewireless key XXXXXX
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11abg ESSID:"homewireless"
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
I tried using firefox but I couldnt connect to anything. Im not sure where I'm going wrong.
Any help with this is much appreciated.
BTW, I had to type this out since my usb stick isnt mounting, but thats another issue which can be sorted out later.