Firstly I apologise for asking for help with my first post.
And onto my problem....
The helpful guys at Neowin.net's forums have helped me to get my wireless usb point recognised under Suse 9.1 pro which is great but still I am unable to connect the the web. I looked up the iw commands in the manuals and recorded information I thought might help somebody to see what the problem is.
linux:/home/hornett # iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"TW84623100" Nickname:"802.11"
Mode:Managed Channel:6 Access Point: 00:09:5B:57:xx:xx
Bit Rate:11Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm
Retry limit:8 RTS thr=1536 B Fragment thr=1536 B
Encryption key:8153-4855-5554-4247-0000-0000-00 Security mode: open
Power Management: off
Link Quality:0/0 Signal level:40/100 Noise level:0/0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
linux:/home/hornett # iwlist wlan0 scanning
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:09:5B:57:xx:xx
Encryption key: on
Quality:0/0 Signal level:17/100 Noise level:0/0
linux:/home/hornett # iwlist wlan0 key
wlan0 2 key sizes : 40, 104bits
4 keys available :
: 8153-4855-5554-4247-0000-0000-00 (104 bits)
Current Transmit Key: 
Security mode: open
OK the first odd problem is that I seem to be connected to the 'TW...' access point which is correct however I have no web access. I've tried running dhcp wlan0
which didn't fix the problem. Also I've used ifconfig wlan0 up
to ensure that the interface is up (which it is).
Second problem is that the signal strength appears to be very low (in Windows XP I always get 90%+ signal strength on the same device).
Unfortunatley, this device came as part of a kit my family chose which included cheap broadband so unfortunatley I have no details about the devices other than I need to use a 128 bit WEP key (which is odd because it is listed as 104 bit above).
Hope somebody can help me out. It seems like I'm so close to having a working internet connection in Linux!
Distribution : Suse 9.1 Professional (free from Novell)
Hardware : x86 with Netgear MA101b (atmel AT76C503A chipset - firmware installed correctly via .rpm)