(commands are in bold)
first un-tar (decompress) the file.
tar -zxvf hostap-driver-0.1.3.tar.gz
this will put the files in a new folder, most likely called hostap-driver-0.1.3
. look for it your current directory. Then change to that folder.
there will be a file in that folder called configure
. run this file:
when that is finished, then run make
which will compile the binaries for your system.
when that is finished, then you install the binaries. (you'll need to be root for this step)
When that is done, you'll have successfully compiled the drivers. The module you want will be called hostap_pci
which will be a file locted somewhere like
/lib/modules/your kernel version
To load the module (as root)
If it doesn't give you any error messages, then it was successfully loaded. you can verify that it was by running
/sbin/lsmod |grep hostap
Next, run iwconfig
and look for the wlan0
interface. it will list a bunch of information regarding the card. It will also list any other network card on your system with the message "no wireless extensions" next to it.
It's probably easiest to move on to the configuration by using RedHat's networking configuration applet. Here's link to help you out.
 thought I'd add the wireless-specific part of the RH manual.