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Old 06-05-2004, 01:06 AM   #1
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I have a dual boot winxp/RH9. I use 2Wire wireless ethernet router (bundled with dsl service from SBCYahoo). I have a laptop that has winxp has an inbuilt wireless pc card that uses the router to connect to the internet. Here's the scenario...when i start linux my laptop can still access the internet and there is no problem as such. I then mounted winxp drive in linux and then setup samba server to let the laptop access the windows files that are on the mounted winxp. I have used ifconfig eth0 to check the eth0 and the output is fine.

Also I can access the files on the mounted winxp drive (on desktop) through the samba server but here's a small problem. When i use iwconfig eth0 the command returns that there are NO WIRELESS EXTENSIONS.

Can anyone tell me whats wrong??
 
Old 06-05-2004, 01:58 AM   #2
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is your computer connected to your router by an ethernet cable? if so, then you are accessing the internet using a builtin ethernet card, not your builtin wireless card. (you have two builtin network cards).

another thing, to access files on your windows partition, you simply have to mount the partition. you don't need to run samba.

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Old 06-05-2004, 09:18 AM   #3
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I agree with Berhanie, you are probably not using the wireless card. If you want to go wireless, you are almost certainly going to have to install drivers for the card. However, to point you to the correct drivers, we need a bit more info. What is the make/model of the card? If you don't know that, post the output of lspci. Actually, post that anyways and we'll go from there.
 
Old 06-05-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for replying guys, here's the output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 11)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 11)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #2) (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #3) (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BA/CA/DB PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DB ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DB ICH4 IDE (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801DB SMBus (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Audio (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] (rev b2)
02:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
02:01.0 Communication controller: Conexant HSF 56k Data/Fax/Voice/Spkp Modem (rev 01)
02:02.0 Ethernet controller: Davicom Semiconductor, Inc. Ethernet 100/10 MBit (rev 31)

To your query why do i need to start samba. I use a desktop with winxp/RH9 and my wife used a laptop with winxp. Often my wife uses the desktop to store her files (on winxp) and I generally like to work in RH9 with mounted winxp drive. Thats the reason i've to start Samba so that my wife can wirelessly connect to my desktop and access her winxp files.

Here's the output of ifconfig

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:08:A1:1D:A41
inet addr:172.16.1.34 Bcast:172.16.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:959 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:837 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:319655 (312.1 Kb) TX bytes:112360 (109.7 Kb)
Interrupt:9 Base address:0xd800

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:7045 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:7045 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:481116 (469.8 Kb) TX bytes:481116 (469.8 Kb)

Here's the output of iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

I use a 2Wire (www.2wire.com) dsl wireless router that was bundled with SBCYahoo DSL signup. I emailed the support to find out if i can configure the modem (just like windows) to work with linux. Here's the reply from 2Wire support:
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the homeportal (name of my ethernet wireless router) is not designed to work in linux, however there are known workarounds. If you are using an ethernet connection (which I am), you can connect to the homeportal using redhat-control-network and configuring eth0 with dhcp. If you are using a 2Wire wireless pc card (that my wife doesnt use on her laptop), you can use the orinico_cs driver and wireless-tools in linux to configure the card.
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As indicated in support email, i have configured the eth0 with automatic dhcp assignment and I dont think i need to worry about 2Wire PC card since my wife's laptop has inbuilt intel LAN2100 pro wireless card.

Thanks for your replies...I am waiting for more info.
 
Old 06-05-2004, 11:08 AM   #5
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OK, I'm thoroughly confused. The output you posted doesn't have a wireless card listed. However from your explanation of things, I'm not sure it should????? Here is my understanding of things, please correct where I'm wrong:

Desktop:
Dual boot XP/RH
Connects to router using CAT5 cable?

Laptop
XP only
Uses wireless connection to router
needs to access XP partition on desktop

So why do you need wireless on the desktop?

Now for the Samba bit....If you're running the desktop under RH and your wife needs to access files on the XP partition, you may have some issues. XP has almost certainly formated it's partition as NTFS and Linux can't safely write to an NTFS partition. So as long as your wife only needs to read files, Samba can probably solve the problem. But as soon as she needs to save something you are gonna be hosed.
 
Old 06-05-2004, 11:21 AM   #6
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Hi Handdog42,

Well, I'm a bit confused too. See everything works fine...I am running linux right now and my wife's running her laptop and we are sharing a common internet connection. I am totally new to linux networking...and everything is working fine so i shouldn't be worried but i am just curious to know how can i monitor the wireless connection (just like i would do in windows) that is outgoing from my router. I dont know if it can be done. I am just curious to know. I hope i've made it as clear as possible.

Your assessment is right...i know i cant write to nfts and at this point my wife's more than happy to access the read only files from winxp desktop.

Thank you very much for replying...

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Old 06-05-2004, 11:29 AM   #7
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there is nothing wrong:

1. your desktop is physically connected to the router by cable. (that's why iwconfig reports, "no wireless extensions". you would see a different output only if you were using a wireless card to connect to your router).

2. your laptop communicates with the router using the laptop's builtin wireless card.

3. your desktop has its windows partition mounted and samba running to allow the laptop to access files in that partition.

everything's peachy.
 
Old 06-05-2004, 11:47 AM   #8
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Thanks guys,

sorry for giving a hard time...you know newbies are known not to understand things pretty quickly...
anyway I got it...
 
Old 06-05-2004, 11:58 AM   #9
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I'm glad that everything is working. Though if you don't mind, I am curious about one thing:

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but i am just curious to know how can i monitor the wireless connection (just like i would do in windows) that is outgoing from my router
How do you monitor your wireless connection from windows? What I mean is what kind of data are you monitoring and what program are you using to do this?
 
Old 06-05-2004, 10:43 PM   #10
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Hi,
The homeportal (2Wire router) came with a software (for windows) to monitor what wireless clients are connecting to internet through the router. Although I cannot see the data transmitted but i can certainly see who's connected...also provided firewall management. I hope i've answered your question .
 
Old 06-05-2004, 10:51 PM   #11
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you can connect to your homeportal by entering its URL into a browser ( should be something like 172.16.0.1 or 172.16.1.1 -- check your documentation). once you're there, you should be able to view the connection stats and choose various configuration options.
 
Old 06-06-2004, 07:02 PM   #12
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Thanks Berhanie,

I was able to access the system page of my homeportal through the URL. Thanks for all your help...
 
Old 06-06-2004, 07:16 PM   #13
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good job! nishmal.
 
  


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