LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Networking > Linux - Wireless Networking
User Name
Password
Linux - Wireless Networking This forum is for the discussion of wireless networking in Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 05-28-2002, 07:01 PM   #31
dgbuss
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2002
Location: Denver, CO
Distribution: RH 7.2,7.3
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0

Hope you had a good trip finegan!

I returned the Linksys wpc11 v3. Good riddance.

I bought the same card at version 2.5 hoping Linksys had changed something in version 3 that made it not work with Linux anymore. No luck there though. I am still getting the BONG when I insert the card or restart pcmcia.

Took you advice and downloaded the latest orinoco drivers and rebuilt them. Also hacked the hermes.conf file. No luck.

dmesg didn't appear as if my laptop was trying to load any libraries for the card. Very strange.

I just ordered the D-Link card and will pick it tomorrow. Hopefully, I will get this thing to work! With my luck though, it will work with my laptop and the WAP will not recognize it ;-)

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll keep you posted on how the new card works out.
 
Old 05-29-2002, 09:47 AM   #32
obsian
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2002
Distribution: RH 7.3
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: 0
[re] linksys WPC11 wireless networking

I don't know if you have fixed your problem, but I have found a site that might be of help. www.yahoogroups.com has a group specifically for Linux on Dell laptops (linux-dell-laptops). The maintainer of the site has an faq on how to set up the wireless lan card, along with the proper scripts. I have an Inspiron 4100 with the Dell TrueMobile wireless card running pretty smoothly, thanks to this site. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anybody running a Dell laptop with linux, and maybe of interest to other general linux-laptop users... The maintainer's website is: http://www.whacked.net/oss/ldl/

I previously said my wireless lan card was running PRETTY smoothly. That is because I'm using a Linksys WAP11 wireless access point. So far in my experience with it in linux, after I boot my laptop, and my pcmcia wireless card is loaded, I then have to cycle the power on my WAP11 the get the card to recognize and communicate with the AP. Maybe I have some setting wrong in linux, though, as I don't have to do this in WinXP. Anyone else have this problem or know of a fix?
 
Old 05-30-2002, 03:54 PM   #33
finegan
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 57
You mean you actually have to cycle the power of the wireless router to get it to talk to the network card? That's pretty strange. It might have to do with channel sorting. What are the configuration values you've given to the wireless card. Also what's the model and driver set you're using?

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 06-03-2002, 11:39 AM   #34
obsian
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2002
Distribution: RH 7.3
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: 0
Sorry it has taken so long to reply, but I've been upgrading to RH 7.3, so I haven't had a chance to get back here, yet.

Anyway, here's the weird thing: I have the exact same wireless access point (Linksys WAP11) at home as I do at work, but I've never had to recycle the power on my home unit. I've checked, and I have the APs set up the same. I use my laptop at home and work, just changing my 'ifconfig' and 'route' settings. I'm now trying to study the config files and am just confusing myself. In /etc/pcmcia I have these config files: wireless.opts, config.opts, hermes.conf. I see that config is used by 'network' when loading, but when is wireless (and wireless.opts) used? I didn't see it listed anywhere in /etc/init.d/pcmcia or network.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Obsian
 
Old 06-09-2002, 04:51 PM   #35
nxny
Member
 
Registered: May 2002
Location: AK - The last frontier.
Distribution: Red Hat 8.0, Slackware 8.1, Knoppix 3.7, Lunar 1.3, Sorcerer
Posts: 771

Rep: Reputation: 30
Finegan,
Thanks for replying to my the thread on the same forum. And sorry I was so tied up at work, I didnt logon much at home.. hence the delay. Since this thread had more information regarding my post, I thought it is appropriate for me to carry on the conversation here rather than at the thread I started.
Here is my original post, just in case:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ighlight=WPC11

In your reply you had asked whether my card (WPC11) is a v3. yes it is. I downloaded hermes.conf and saved it under /etc/pcmcia as you'd suggested. Then I did a pcmcia restart. Doesnt seem to help.

here's my /etc/sysconfig/networking/pcmcia/ifcfg-wlan0

# Please read /usr/share/doc/initscripts-*/sysconfig.txt
# for the documentation of these parameters.
USERCTL=yes
DEVHOSTNAME=
NETMASK=
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
DOMAIN=
NAME=
HWADDR=
DEVICE=eth5
IPADDR=
GATEWAY=
TYPE=Wireless
ONBOOT=yes
CHANNEL=6
FREQ=
KEY=
ESSID=linksys
MODE=auto
RATE=auto
PEERDNS=no

and here's what lsmod shows.
Module Size Used by Not tainted
ds 7040 1
yenta_socket 9536 1
pcmcia_core 41632 0 [ds yenta_socket]
ide-cd 27072 0 (autoclean)
cdrom 28576 0 (autoclean) [ide-cd]
esssolo1 24800 0 (autoclean)
gameport 1932 0 (autoclean) [esssolo1]
soundcore 4452 4 (autoclean) [esssolo1]
autofs 11556 0 (autoclean) (unused)
appletalk 20908 0 (autoclean)
ipx 16404 0 (autoclean)
usb-uhci 21668 0 (unused)
usbcore 51808 1 [usb-uhci]
eepro100 17648 1
ext3 62592 1
jbd 41092 1 [ext3]

again cardctl ident says
Socket 0:
product info: "The Linksys Group, Inc.", "Instant Wireless Network PC Card", "ISL37300P", "RevA"
manfid: 0x0274, 0x1613
function: 6 (network)

Somehow I get the impression that the right driver (orinoco_cs) is not being bound to the card. Any help will be appreciated.
 
Old 06-09-2002, 05:31 PM   #36
finegan
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 57
Yep, you're dead right. The hermes.conf file only has info in it for v.2 of the card. I haven't had to fool with 3.0 yet, but probably will soon as I smoked my 2.0 and mailed it back to Linksys (I don't recommend doing this, getting an RMA out of them is pulling teeth.)

I helped one guy hack through getting 2.5 to work by just changing the card id goop in hermes.conf to reflect his card. You can't really break anything, so just play with it and force restart pcmcia between tries so that cardmgr re-reads the .conf file.

This might also require that you compile the newer version of the drivers. (what's current is about 4 minor versions ahead of the shipping kernel). You can d/l them from a link off of Jean's page about the orinoco drivers.

Post back if none of that works, there are a few more, clumpier, alternatives,

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 06-09-2002, 11:02 PM   #37
nxny
Member
 
Registered: May 2002
Location: AK - The last frontier.
Distribution: Red Hat 8.0, Slackware 8.1, Knoppix 3.7, Lunar 1.3, Sorcerer
Posts: 771

Rep: Reputation: 30
Finegan, you rock!!
This post comes from my wireless equipped Linux laptop. I just added the following lines to hermes.conf.

card "Instant Wireless Network PC Card"
manfid 0x0274,0x1613
bind "orinoco_cs"

then did a restart. This time when the services came up, it beeped twice ( two high pitched tones ). So I wrote an ifcfg-eth1 for the new device and it all worked like magic)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope this helps someone else.

Not very necessary at this poing, but hey, do you know what chipset the WPC11 v3 is based on?
Now I'm on my way to fiddle with wireless.opts and enable encryption. Thanks for all your help folks.
 
Old 06-10-2002, 01:03 AM   #38
finegan
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 57
Prism2 chipset from Intersil, probably with firmware 0.8 or so. I've pulled 40-bit wep with reliability once in a while, but WEP is pants really and VPN is a hastle, so really: get to know your neighbors because if any of them has the inclination, they can airsnort your packets if they feel like it.

Excellent on getting v3 to work, that fills a big hole in things I was worried about.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 06-11-2002, 02:26 AM   #39
nxny
Member
 
Registered: May 2002
Location: AK - The last frontier.
Distribution: Red Hat 8.0, Slackware 8.1, Knoppix 3.7, Lunar 1.3, Sorcerer
Posts: 771

Rep: Reputation: 30
Angry

Dang!! the only two key-lengths that my router supports are 64 and 128 bits. Well, I'll have to make friends with my neighbors I think.

thanks again.
 
Old 06-11-2002, 02:05 PM   #40
diablo17
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Houston, Texas
Distribution: Suse 8, Redhat 7.3
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: 0
i got mine to finally beep twice (high pitch) now what do i do?
 
Old 06-11-2002, 03:59 PM   #41
finegan
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 57
Us the command line commands "iwconfig ethX" and "ifconfig ethX" to give it the correct settings. Offhand check "dmesg" to make sure that the kernel device logger isn't spitting a bunch of errors. That second beep means cardmgr is happy, but doesn't mean you're always out of the woods.

iwconfig will change the wireless settings of the card. You need to know your wireless routers network name, also called its essid. Set that with (ethX where X is the number of the eth device, if nothing else you'll figure that out from dmesg... oh also if SuSe is still in the stone ages you may have loaded the reallllly old wvlan_cs drivers and your device may or may not be wvlan0):

Oh, first bring up the device:

ifconfig ethX up

iwconfig ethX essid mysillynetwork

Configure the key (if your using them, WEP sucks, so I never really bother, I haven't got any geek neighbors.)

iwconfig ethX enc 1234123412

If your router is running as a master, then make this one managed(it defaults to ad-hoc depending on the version of the drivers your using. ad-hoc works with a master anyway, but doesn't allow for channel hopping, which will cut down on overhead if there are a bunch of laptops on the LAN.)

iwconfig ethX mode managed

Assuming that you've got one of those router in a box dealy-whoos... this should grab an IP:

dhcpcd ethX

Now, as long as the router is configured right:

ping yahoo.com

That should be just about everything. To automate all of this, put those values in /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts. Also, there are a few mile long threads in the archives here if you have any other, smaller problems.

Luck,

Finegan

Last edited by finegan; 06-11-2002 at 04:12 PM.
 
Old 06-11-2002, 07:06 PM   #42
diablo17
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Houston, Texas
Distribution: Suse 8, Redhat 7.3
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: 0
i tried the iwconfig it said command not found
 
Old 06-11-2002, 08:11 PM   #43
finegan
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 57
Its on the SuSe CDs, somewhere, part of an RPM package called wireless_toolsXX.rpm where XX is the version number, hopefully 24-ish. Or download the RPM from here. They stuck it in ap4!!! Made it hard to find.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 06-11-2002, 08:52 PM   #44
diablo17
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Houston, Texas
Distribution: Suse 8, Redhat 7.3
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: 0
thanks finegan, i got that loaded....now when i do
iwconfig
i get
lo no wireless extensions
eth0 no wireless extensions
 
Old 06-11-2002, 10:01 PM   #45
finegan
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 57
"iwconfig" without any arguments, will only show the current status of devices that are UP and have an IP address.

Try:

iwconfig eth1

If that gives something, then configure it with:

iwconfig eth1 essid nameofnetwork
iwconfig eth1 rate auto
iwconfig eth1 mode managed
iwconfig eth1 enc 1234123412 (if you are using encryption...)
dhcpcd eth1 (if you are in range of the wireless router)

You can set all of this to be configured automagically by editing the file /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts and changing the info for your card's entry, then if you add a file called... hmmm... gotta look up SuSe.... /etc/rc.config

I, however, have not dealt with SuSe on a laptop, so it may be best to just call dhcp by hand every time you want to use wireless with:

dhcpcd eth1

Cheers,

Finegan
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Linksys Wireless Networking Card WPC11 nxny Linux - Wireless Networking 45 11-12-2003 09:41 PM
Linksys Wireless WPC11 problem albracco Linux - Wireless Networking 1 04-12-2003 09:44 PM
linksys wpc11 wireless card kernel_forbin Linux - Hardware 1 03-23-2003 01:52 PM
My Wireless WPC11 Linksys =( Dumpsterm0uth Linux - Hardware 2 01-14-2003 06:38 PM
Linksys WPC11 Wireless in RH 8.0 - Need Help Slinger Linux - General 1 11-14-2002 02:59 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:40 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration