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Old 06-08-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
rudy1094
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configuring wireless network card in slackware 12.1


I'm trying to setup my wireless networking. My wired network is configured and now I want to get my wireless network configured. I'm using slackware 12.1 and my network card is an SMC EZ Connect model: SMC2635W. I've installed the ndiswrapper.

When I type /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -l I get the following results:
net2635W : driver installed
device (1317:8201) present (alternate driver: adm8211)

I assume this means that my device driver is installed and now I need to configure my wireless network settings.

When I type iwconfig I get the following:

bash-3.1# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

What do I need to do to configure my wireless settings? Do I have to manually configure things in the rc.wireless.conf file? I'm using the xfce x-windows and it has an application called wpa_gui. Can I use the wpa_gui software to configure my wireless network settings? Is there other linux gui software that would be good for configuring my wireless network. While I'm not completely opposed to manually configuring my wireless network to work at home, ideally I'd like to be able to easily configure it with other wireless networks when I'm not in the house.

I appreciate the humor in the slackbook 2.0 manual. "WEP is quit flawed" - that's funny.

So my underlying question is what's the easiest way to configure my wireless network?
 
Old 06-09-2008, 03:34 PM   #2
Alien Bob
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Perhaps you forgot to run "modprobe ndiswrapper"? You should make sure that the ndiswrapper kernel module is loaded somewhere at boot. A good place to do so is to add a line of "/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper" at the end of the file "etc/rc.d/rc.modules".
Once you loaded the ndiswrapper module, run "iwconfig" again - it should show a wireless interface.

Configuring your wireless interface is easiest by adding configuration lines to "/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf". Look at the example lines for the "wlan0" interface in that file. Forget about rc.wireless.conf.
About GUI tools... well this is Slackware we're talking about. You can add GUI tools of course - wicd is coming along well with Support for Slackware. Until then, your best bet is manual editing of rc.inet1.conf . If you use WPA/WEP encrypted networks, editing /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf will help a lot (wpa_supplicant supports WEP as well as WPA encrypted networks).

Eric
 
Old 09-23-2008, 08:24 AM   #3
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Ok, I have a fresh install of Slack 12.1 and a broadcom 4306 which I have used fwcutter to get the wireless driver installed. I get the "little blue light" wireless light on boot now, which tells me that it is loaded along with a ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready.

A iwlist wlan0 scan return no results

I installed wicd, loaded the client in my XFCE4 and it sees my wired connection, but no wireless networks. I am sitting front of the wireless router and my highly hacked ubuntu on my eeepc works like a champ. I am at a loss here.I don't know what to do next and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...
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