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Old 01-04-2006, 09:52 PM   #1
mynameshagop
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Wired Linksys router - works...wireless-g no go.


Hey all, first post.

VERY new to linux (as in less than a month). I'm currently running Mandriva 10.1 and having a bit of a confusing problem with my wireless router. When I go to look at available wireless networks, I can see my network and another that belongs to someone else in this apt complex. My problem is the inabilty to connect to the wireless network. I runs through the process...and fails without...fail, (i talk gooder inglish). When I hardwire via CAT-5e, no problems what so ever. I would very much love to be able to just leave the connection wired, but current space/placement options kinda limits me. Let's just say if my e-cable was razor sharp, I would have various human/feline body parts lying in my hallway and I aint cleaning up that mess. I'm *kinda* sure my settings are correct because I set this network up myself and have all settings written down. I guess I should mention that the connection was "working" with Mikkkrosoft WinXP, not very reliably or fast for that matter...but working. I'm sure it's probably something simple that I have overlooked, but hey, like I said - New here.

I gotta add this though just cause its my first post here. This OS snaps Windoze spine in 4 big pieces...less crashing, reliable, faster (was surprised by that), and you cannot beat the packaging of software. One thing I hated was searching for various programs only to find shareware/trial software b.s.
The KDE 3.4 desktop is about 10 times more accomidating (as in personalization) then that of the Windows envir.
If only there were more games...

Sorry if I posted this and there was an answer already out there, but I searched..I promise, nothing seemed to be what I needed. If anyone knows of a post, please just kick me in that direction.

Thanks for freein my slavery to that $$-driven monopoly.
I swear I'd love to give Billy a nice @$$ whoopn.

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Old 01-04-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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From my experience wireless networks are a little trickier to setup on linux then the wired counterparts. With a little time and reading you should be able to get it configured. There are many questions that should be asked when trying to configure your wireless network:

Is your wireless NIC recognized by linux? (ifconfig to see if the interface is there)
Does your wireless setup involve encryption?

Just to start. Have a look at this tutorial:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...ux_Wireles_LAN

I hope this helps.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 02:49 AM   #3
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Sad, but i just figured out how to open a root console...

Like the subject says...yeah. (told you I was new, but hey, I dont have manual, I just kinda, "explore" till i find it or $@*! sumthin up.)

anyhoo, when I input ifconfig this is what I get.

eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0D:61:11:7D:B7
inet addr:192.168.1.100 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::20d:61ff:fe11:7db7/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:73017 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:52269 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:98251374 (93.6 MiB) TX bytes:4675310 (4.4 MiB)
Interrupt:16 Base address:0xc000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:27470 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:27470 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:11871867 (11.3 MiB) TX bytes:11871867 (11.3 MiB)

Now I notice I see my wired connection (eth1, eth0 was a firewire connection I currently have disabled@boot) I have no idea what "lo" is...maybe some one could help with that. But I don't see "ra0" which would be my wireless (right?), or is that just because I currently leave it disconnected.

Apologies, I realized due to the first reply (thanks by the way), I did not include my wireless adapter or anything else for that matter. So...

AMD Athlon XP (2.03GHz)
Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 (nforce2)
512mb Crucial PC-2100 DDR
Master HDD: Maxtor 40gig (DiamondMax+)
Slave HDD: Western Digital 120gig (Caviar)
LiteOn CD-ROM
LiteOn DVD(read) CDR/RW (read/write)
GeForce FX 5600 (agp) 128mb
Adaptec PCI SCSI controller for my ancient ZIP 100 drive.
Sound Blaster Audigy PCI
Linksys PCI Wireless-G Adapter (WMP54G)
Linksys Wirless-G Router (WRT54G)

I'm looking at the link provided in the post, would it be best to see if there is even support for my adapter before trying anything? I mean I am in no rush really, just want it to work until I can devise a way to just hard wire everything. (I really dont trust wireless..encryption, firewalls, anti-virus or not, that's still open air my info's flying through in every direction.)
Thanks in advance for any further replys, I will be searching for my answer about the support for my card.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 03:30 AM   #4
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If your card is Ralink, you will need the Ralink driver (makes sense, presumably). How does it show up, when you run lspci in a terminal as root?
The "lo" is loopback.

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Old 01-05-2006, 05:37 AM   #5
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I used to run the same wireless NIC in my desktop at home (as well as router) and it was almost painless to setup. I found another tutorial that specifically goes about the install process for the WMP54G. From a high level you are first going to need a package called ndiswrapper. This package essentially takes a windows driver and converts it to linux for use (atleast that is my understanding of it). Second you are going to need the driver CD (or the windows driver from the internet) for your card.

Follow this tutorial: Installing Linksys WMP54G with ndiswrapper

If you read and try and understand the process of the tutorial you will learn a lot. Also never bee afraid to ask questions. I've been using linux for only 6 months. Hope is there Good luck and post with your results
 
Old 01-05-2006, 06:52 AM   #6
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Ndiswrapper should only be used as a last resort, when a Linux driver already exists.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 04:02 PM   #7
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Ralink

Quote:
Originally Posted by OSourceDiplomat
If your card is Ralink, you will need the Ralink driver (makes sense, presumably). How does it show up, when you run lspci in a terminal as root?
The "lo" is (url)

Well the driver currently installed is the RaLink RT2500. Is that just the true manufacturer or this particular linksys card?

Problem is, it's connection shows up as "ra0", not the "wlan0" i keep seeing. Plus it just won't connect. I can still see the network when i go to managae wireless networks, just no connection is available and the signal strength is only 1 bar (lowest). I know for a fact I am not out of range, considering I am less than 20 feet away from my router. (i have 2 7 1/2' coupled cat5, and reaches with slack...no, range is not the problem.)

Im almost just gonna say, forget it. I want it hardwired anyway, why bother. Scrap the wireless card and router, just get a nice secure wired router...and eliminate the need for any other adapter. Why do I always make thinks so difficult, jebus, I'm ruining my life.


Here's how it shows up:
01:0a.0 Network controller: RaLink Ralink RT2500 802.11 Cardbus Reference Card (rev 01)
01:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)

Last edited by mynameshagop; 01-05-2006 at 04:05 PM.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 04:14 PM   #8
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If the wired part of your router is working, there's no need to scrap it! You should just be able to disable the radio if you decide to go all hardwire. It's usually on the settings page for your router usually something like 192.168.1.1...
 
Old 01-07-2006, 05:33 PM   #9
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Arrow Yeah, sorry, still don't got it

during boot, sys attempts to bring up interface for the wireless and fails. Yeah. I dont have the patience anymore. Plus this wired stuff, love it, never loose connection - never have to repair...ahh, speedy too. I honestly really appreciate all the help, and so quick.

Off to find out how to install my old Win98 on a 56 gig partition I left on my slave disk (i will not however be granting any permission to access the web, no no.) I used to actually run 98 on this system, and it seemed to never crash (bad). Strictly for our few games, which my girl plays more than I do, but hey, what she wants she gets. Sims addict, I myself, try to play it, and just end up making a slob with a square house, no windows, no floor, a BBQ and a hospital bed. He enters the house, finds no (eh hem, modern restroom fixtures), and its insanely dissapointed when I pause the game and remove the front door. I mean, the man just gets really rude, eventually manages to start a fire with BBQ and dies. I just, really, can't seem to get that game right.

Man, sorry about the rambling, Again, thanks for all the help.
 
Old 01-09-2006, 01:28 AM   #10
mynameshagop
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Ha ha -

No, no wirelss, but I did however just pick up another 25ft of phone line...moved my adsl and router into the computer room, feel safer knowing I can watch the little lights now.
 
Old 01-11-2006, 04:42 AM   #11
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K, heres my next ordeal

I know have my router/modem wired to my sys, i prefered that anyway...radio disabled on router...NOW...my wireless adapter, seems to be connecting to someone elses network, without my instruction. I know this to be true because of what I stated above, wifi disabled on my router, and just to be certain, i turned my modem off. Sadly, whoever's network I was using...had cable...my dsl just lacks the luster. Anyway, thats a different topic.
To get on track here, now that I had my fun with 3meg/sec for a couple hours, I need to disable/(or remove if need be) my adapter. Not worried about the guy figurin it out, the network wasnt even secure and was still called linksys (the default as you most/all probably know.)

Wow, all that to ask this. Can I disable my wireless card, or do I need to remove it?
 
Old 01-11-2006, 05:10 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pljvaldez
If the wired part of your router is working, there's no need to scrap it! You should just be able to disable the radio if you decide to go all hardwire. It's usually on the settings page for your router usually something like 192.168.1.1...
I swear I knew about that. I went there to change my freq. and upgraded the firmware. I remember accidentally clicking the "SES" button...ugaahhh, had to start all over.

But thanks for reminding me, thats what I ended up doing
 
  


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