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Old 10-27-2007, 08:03 AM   #1
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Usb Wireless


i wana connect to the internet via a usb.. is it as straight forward as if it were with windows..
im using suse 10.2... and if i plug a wireless usb adaptor will it be straight forward.. i havnt bought the adaptor yet.. and im just wondering if itl work

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Old 10-27-2007, 09:21 AM   #2
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What is needed for most USB adapters is using ndiswrapper. It uses the windows inf driver to interface with the nic. You can look through the HCL section here at the top and to the right to see if the model and version you can get is listed. But nearly all wireless nics work with ndiswrapper. There are a few that can use other modules but ndiswrapper is the generic module for all.

Just use the search tool and look for post on ndiswrapper and suse.

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Old 10-27-2007, 10:38 AM   #3
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wow im more confused lol.. might just get a long ethernet cable lol lol.. but any1 have a more basic solution plz tell me.. cheers brian anyways...
 
Old 10-27-2007, 11:46 AM   #4
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Very simply. Install ndiswrapper, get the inf windows driver of the cd from the cd that came with the card, and configure it to use. its the only way its going to work.

Using the search tool shows a few good post here that describes the whole process just for suse.

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Old 10-27-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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Since the other post was closed I will paste the info on the post in that post.

It is best to keep this to a single post. Double posting is not allowed in the agreement. It is better for a single post so as not to be going back afore between two and getting even more confused. That has been my expirenece.

Now referring to the other post. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...reless-594999/

It is not the same on the linux side as windows. You will need to install ndiswrapper if not already. Again several post describe this here so no need to re-type it over.

Now depends on your wireless setup. All encrption levels will be able to be done under ndiswrapper. But to make life easier the best thing is set the router with NO WEP,WPA,WPA2,Mac or IP filtering enabled. Enable DHCP on the router. Then on the linux side configure the interface to get an IP and define the ESSID if other wireless routers are in range. Once you can make a connection then you can enable router security and configure the linux side for which ever security level you are using.

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:18 PM   #6
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If you buy a usb wireless card with a Ralink chipset you will not need ndiswrapper. Ralink drivers are normally included in newer kernels. If not, linux drivers are available.

I found a nice little card on Ebay and hooked up to an external dlink antenna the performance is VERY nice. Search Ebay for "wireless usb card". Some of the hits will show linux compatibility.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 09:42 AM   #7
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Very simply. Install ndiswrapper, get the inf windows driver of the cd from the cd that came with the card, and configure it to use. its the only way its going to work.
Not true. Many wireless connections work perfectly well without ndiswrapper.

It depends entirely on the particular network adapter you're trying top use. Some work out of the box without any effort, some are impossible to get working no matter what you do, and many are somewhere in between.

Unfortunately it's impossible to tell before you try a particular card whether it will work. It's a complete lottery. Manufacturers often don't tell you what chip is used in a particular model, and are sometimes known to change the chip without giving any indication that the model has changed. Even if someone else has reported a particular model working, that's no indication that if you buy the same model it will have the same chip in it.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 11:52 AM   #8
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I have been searching the internet over the weekend learning about USB wireless nics. I have been wrong in thinking only ndiswrapper for USB is the only choice. From what I see some will work with kernel modules in the default tree if ralink and others again depending on the chipset. Look at this post from what I have seen.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...tu7.04-594735/

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Old 10-28-2007, 10:05 PM   #9
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suse 10.2 will probly have the driver. just do a locate in shell and for the wireless you have and see if it has it
 
Old 10-31-2007, 01:22 PM   #10
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suse 10.2 will probly have the driver. just do a locate in shell and for the wireless you have and see if it has it
i may sound useless here but how do i do then
 
Old 10-31-2007, 01:44 PM   #11
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use the locate command in shell
 
Old 10-31-2007, 06:25 PM   #12
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Just a word of caution - some of the drivers support a PCI or PCMCIA wireless NIC but not USB. If you have a choice, I'd opt for a PCMCIA wireless NIC.

As for your original question - will it be as straightforward as Windows - almost certainly not. Wireless NICs seem to be one major source of frustration for new Linux users. I'd plan on having a wired Ethernet cable plugged in while you're getting it sorted out. The good news is that it can be done, but it may take a good bit of time and effort.
 
Old 11-02-2007, 03:09 PM   #13
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right ive made up my mind. getting a long ethernet cable tomoro and doin it the easy way lol.. cheers for all ur help anyways...
 
Old 11-02-2007, 03:47 PM   #14
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its ok you welcome i hope everything gose ok.
 
  


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