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Old 05-04-2006, 09:33 AM   #1
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Wireless card working but cannot connect to router - I'm in need of help


Hello all,

I'm looking for some help getting my wireless connection sorted and would greatly appreciate some advice. I'm new to linux so the problem might be obvious - then again it might not!

My setup is:

AMD Athlon 3200+ running dual boot with XP,
US Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo PCI Adapter (5416)
Connecting to a US Robotics Wireless Turbo Access Point and Router,
SuSE 10.0 installed and working (I think!),

As far as I can tell my wireless card is setup correctly (using an XP driver with ndiswrapper); using KWifiManager I can scan for networks and it picks everything up fine - seems to be an indication! I've turned WEP/WPA off for the purposes of getting things running.

As I say in the description though I simply cannot connect to the router.

Finally before the data - I'm not if it's of note but running KInternet causes an error "Connection to local and remote server refused. Maybe smpppd is not running or you are not member of the group "dialout". Also check the server settings in the dialog "various settings".

ifconfig wlan0 gives:
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:C0:49:FC:37:94
BROADCAST NOTRAILERS MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 TX bytes:0 (0.0

iwlist scan gives:
Cell 02 - Address: 00:C0:49:5A:57:CC
ESSID:"USR8054"
Mode:Managed
Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
Quality:28/94 Signal level:-35 dBm Noise level:-154 dBm
Encryption keyff
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
Bit Rate:2 Mb/s
Bit Rate:5.5 Mb/s
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s
Bit Rate:22 Mb/s
Extra:bcn_int=100

linux:/ # ifstatus wlan0
wlan0 device: Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interface
wlan0 DHCP client NOT running
wlan0 is down

linux:/ # etc/init.d/network restart
Shutting down network interfaces:
eth0 device: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
eth0 No configuration found for eth0
Nevertheless the interface will be shut down.
eth0 configuration: done
wlan0 device: Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interdone
Shutting down service network . . . . . . . . . . . . . done.
Hint: you may set mandatory devices in /etc/sysconfig/network/config
Setting up network interfaces:
lo
lo IP address: 127.0.0.1/8 done
eth0 device: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
eth0 No configuration found for eth0 unused
wlan0 device: Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interface
wlan0 warning: using NO encryption
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Connection refused
wlan0 (DHCP) . . . . . no IP address yet... backgrounding.
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Connection refused
wlan0 Cannot enable interface wlan0.
wlan0 interface wlan0 is not up waiting
Setting up service network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . done.
SuSEfirewall2: Warning: ip6tables does not support state matching. Extended IPv6 support disabled.
SuSEfirewall2: Setting up rules from /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2 ...
SuSEfirewall2: batch committing...
SuSEfirewall2: Firewall rules successfully set

I'm now totally lost on this and have no idea what to try next - as I said before this is all fairly new territory for me.

Thanks in advance (I don't want to go back to windows!).

Ben
 
Old 05-04-2006, 04:32 PM   #2
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Have you tried connecting to the network with 'iwconfig wlan0 essid USR8054'?
 
Old 05-05-2006, 06:02 AM   #3
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Hi burntfuse,

Thanks for your responce.

I have tried 'iwconfig wlan0 essid USR8054' and this didn't seem to help. However I will give it another shot when I get home (I'm at work right now) and post the output.

Thanks again.

Ben
 
Old 05-06-2006, 07:58 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ben_suse
I have tried 'iwconfig wlan0 essid USR8054' and this didn't seem to help. However I will give it another shot when I get home (I'm at work right now) and post the output.

Ben
Yes if the above does not give an error message then i would say that it has worked. If no error then all you need to do is start your dhcp daemon and ask for an IP address. then your in business...
Im unsure how to do this in SUSE. in slack: #dhcpcd <adaptor>
ie. #dhcpcd wlan0

then try #ifconfig wlan0 (you may now have an IP).
 
Old 05-06-2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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Yeah, Linux seriously needs some better wireless networking tools so you don't have to enter a bunch of commands in the terminal to see available wireless networks and connect to them.
 
Old 05-09-2006, 08:49 PM   #6
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Hi Guys,

Thanks very much for your help. I finally got the problem fixed!

When I first failed to get Wireless working I tried installing something called Linuxant (or similar) basically a wrapper like Ndis. Well this was sitting on localhost and blocking my attempts to connect. I uninstalled the package and connected! Can't believe I didn't think of it sooner. Writing this from Linux. Hurray!

Now all I have to do is get my sound and video cards working...

Ben
 
Old 09-28-2006, 01:46 AM   #7
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Ben

Thanks for your post. I have been struggling with getting my wireless connection to work for months (compaq presario v2000 with broadcom running under mandriva 2006). It was only after reading your post did I recall that I too had tried the Linuxant driver almost on day 1 and had forgotten about it. A quick rpm -e driverloader and had the wireless up within a minute.

Icenov
 
  


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