Wireless network driver installed cant configure internet
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Okay, deadenduser0666, although you are a self-admitted newbie, we thank you for posting a relevant subject line rather than something like "Help me! My computer doesn't work!" (I usually don't even read those messages.) You're ahead of a lot of other newbies already. Also, we note that you aren't too newbie to use size tags in your post.
Anyway, here's my view of the situation: you can ping your router, so that connection works. I wonder if it's a problem with the router connecting to the rest of the Internet, rather than your computer connecting to the router? Here are some questions to find that out:
0. What's the brand of your router? Tell us a bit more about it. While you're at it, are we talking cable modem or DSL or what?
1. Can your RedHat 9 computer talk to the router in a more meaningful way? For example, most home routers have a web page accessible at 192.168.0.1 (or, for Linksys routers, 192.168.1.1 if I recall correctly). Does this show up on your computer?
2. What happens on your RedHat 9 computer when you type the "ifconfig" command? What about "iwconfig"? The latter command is how you would set the session ID (ESSID), any WEP key, etc. The former command checks all network connections, wireless or not.
3. Can any other computer talk to the router, perhaps through an ethernet cable connection? (This assumes that your wireless router can also accept cable connections, such as would be the case in most routers for sale in North American electronic stores these days.) If another computer can talk to the router, can that computer call up the info on router status, such as whether the router's wireless mode is enabled, who's connected, etc.?
4. Can your router talk to the Internet? For example, can another computer ping www.google.com? Can it grab a web page? If you don't have another computer, sometimes there is a way to get the router to ping a location for you.
I am using a similar DLink wireless router. Please have your brother access the page at 192.168.0.1, select from the top menu "Home" (which should already be the default) and then from the left-side menu "DHCP", which should list the computers that are connected to the router, including via wireless. Does your RedHat9 show up on there? Presumably your brother's computer shows up, and also your mother's computer.
WUPS, possible mistake --are you saying that your brother can reach the router via wireless? If so, DO NOT use that computer to access the router page; instead, use an Ethernet-connected computer such as your mother's.
If the router does not list your computer, then your RedHat9 isn't really connected to the router. If the router does list it, then RedHat9 is having trouble talking to the router and we'll take a look at the output from the ifconfig and iwconfig commands.
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0D:88:C80:4A
inet addr:192.168.0.1 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:34858 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:38 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:29547492 (28.1 Mb) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xe800
[root@localhost root]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
Warning: Driver for device wlan0 has been compiled with version 0
of Wireless Extension, while this program is using version 15.
Some things may be broken...
wlan0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"default"
NWIDff/any Frequency:2.437GHz Access Point: FF:BF:07:00:01:00
Bit Rate:11Mb/s Tx-Power:2346 dBm Sensitivity=2437/0
Retryn RTS thr:2346 B Fragment thr:2346 B
my router doesn't show me who is on unless they have a static ip address
You could have the same problem with an other distribution.
You haven't mentioned the wifi nic you are using, could you post the name and model, what driver are you using madwifi, ndiswappper, linux-wlan-ng or orinoco ?
It seems that arno is on the right track, and I'm not as familiar, so I'll let him/her take the lead on that.
MJaybe I can attack it from the router end.
my router doesn't show me who is on unless they have a static ip address
That seems rather unusual for a DLink router. When your brother's computer surfs the net, does it not show up on the router's "list of computers that are connected through the router"? For an accurate comparison, use wireless on your brothers computer (or some computer that works).
In any case, perhaps the computer will show up if you assign a static DHCP address. This is an option available on the newer models of DLink routers (and the older models, too, if you do a firmware upgrade). Under Home > DHCP, there's a section where you can enter the MAC address; in your case, it's
00:0D:88:C8:D0:4A (according to the "ifconfig" output)
(By the way, you have smilies all over your post because the ":D" in "C8:D0" is seen to be a smilie. Check the "Disable Smilies in This Post" box at the bottom of your posting before submitting.)
You can tell your DLink router, "every time you see this MAC address, give it a specific IP address" (like 192.168.0.111).
If you cannot get your card to show up on your router, I would seriously doubt whether it has properly connected.
Also, you ask about whether you should switch to Slackware. The answer is probably "no". You either want to tinker with Linux, or you want to just get it working "out of the box" and get on with life.
If you want to tinker:
you've already invested time tinkering with RedHat, so you might as well stick with this one and learn it well before moving on to another distro like Slackware with its subtle differences.
If you want to get it working quickly and move on:
Red Hat is pretty good for doing that, and switching to another distro might break more things than it fixes. Meanwhile, if you need to just use the computer and save the tinkering for weekends, consider getting Knoppix and seeing if it will work; Knoppix is the premier distribution for getting things to work "right out of the box". Do your surfing or whatever, and then get back to Red Hat when you have time.
In fact, I should have suggested this earlier: does Knoppix automatically detect your wireless and get everything up and running? If so, it may give a clue. If you don't have a Knoppix CD, burn one --those things are handy.