wireless Vista <-> Mandriva : Can't see each other.
My daughter has been given a MS Visa loaded laptop for her birthday and I'm running Mandriva on the desktop.
I am trying to get the two machines to talk to each other.
Using the "Connect to a network" dialog in Vista, the Vista laptop can see other wireless networks that people in my street have setup (good for them they have put WEP on so I cannot connect to them, but I can see they are there).
My Mandriva desktop can also see the same networks the Vista laptop can see. I am using Mandriva Control Centre's "Wireless Network" dialog.
So, each machine can see other networks.
HOWEVER, they cannot see each other.
My Mandriva desktop has a Edimax EW-7117U mini wireless USB dongle. The USB system seems to recognise the wireless USB adaptor and the kernel module zd1201 driver is loaded. I haven't done any of this, it seems to have been setup when I added the interface (wlan0) through the Control Centre.
How do I get this working please?
This is some info for anyone who might be able to help...
1. make sure the vista laptop can connect to other networks.
2. make sure the mandriva box can connect to other networks.
6to4 configuration is not valid
... this is a problem with your ipv6 setup.
Vista laptop can connect to other networks (currently only 1 without WEP).
Mandriva can connect to other networks.
The two cannot see each other.
I've removed IPv6 from the equation.
Sorry. I dont understand your ad-hoc/WAP question?
I have a wireless usb dongle which I added through default setup in Mandriva. There is no WAP. The other NIC is eth0 and is motherboard LAN.
This is really annoying.
Everything looks fine. Must be a prob somewhere?
I dont know the first thing about linux networking , just selected defaults from Mandriva. I'm just trying to get the internet connection in Mandriva, shared to the laptop so I can wander around the house/garden with the lappy!!
... sounds like there is no reason for the machines to see each other.
The other networks you can see are wireless access points (WAP). Do you use one, (i.e. a wireless router) to mediate your connection or do you expect the computers to talk directly to each other?
I'm migrating from Windows to Linux. Need some help!
I just want the internet connection shared to the laptop.
Is there a way please?
Well of course there is.
Which machine connects to the internet and how does it do this?
(Note, the wiki link at the top of my last post tells you how to connect two computers together via wireless cards.)
The easiest way to share an internet connection is to use a router which can use DHCP. If you have one of those, you are home and dry.
However, I am guessing that the Mandriva box has internet access over a wire of some kind as well as that wireless dongle. This is trickier but not hard.
I'm glad you find this tricky, its a nightmare for me ;)
The Mandriva box is wired over ethernet to a wired router. This router is connected to broadband modem. The internet is fine - I'm posting this so you know it is!
Now, the Mandriva box also has a wirless USB mini adaptor plugged into a USB slot. The output of which I've posted above and it "seems" to be working - obviously not though.
The vista laptop has an integrated WiFi adaptor.
Both computers can see WAP devices switched on in the physical neighborhood (my street) but not each other. I guess the USB mini adapter is not acting as a WAP?? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe is doesn't matter.
I'm totally lost here so appreciate your kind assistance Simon ;)
Used your link and the vista laptop CAN NOW ping the Mandriva box but, DNS is not working (pinging www.google.co.uk times out) and explorer cant find anything.
I can ping both ways and traffic is sent/received by both.
However, the laptop doesnt respond to pings to www.google.co.uk nor does explorer find any sites.
can you help Simon?
I restarted, deleted all connections, and started again.
My Router is a DHCP server so I set wlan0 to get IP from DHCP.
This is what I get now:
I have taken the laptop out of the equation.
I'm just trying to get my desktop PC NICs working.
As I said, one USB wireless dongle plugged in (wlan0) and wired NIC to router (eth0).
Now its really broke.
PLEASE someone help me.
Totally misunderstoood what you meant...
I've got rid of Vista. Too slow. The wife aint happy!
So, two Mandriva boxes, one desktop (192.168.1.50), one laptop (192.168.1.25).
Static IPs no DHCP.
Both can now see the Ad-Hoc network ESSID "Linux3"
A pop up window appears in Gnome on the laptop telling me a network is up on ra0 (interface).
No pop up on the laptop though when I issue ifup wlan0 ?
Both can see the Ad-Hoc network.
When I ping from the laptop I get:
I've downloaded the latest firmware from http://linux-lc100020.sourceforge.net and copied it into /lib/firmware.
When I plug the USB wireless dongle in I get (from dmesg):
I'm learning a lot thanks to you guys, and starting to "play" with linux, kernels, drivers and alike. Would never have done this with the "other" O/S but hey, knowledge is power ;)
BTW, my kernel: its:
Can anyone help me more?
I think your interface wlan0 now has the name ra0.
|EDIT|, adhoc networks are kind of open, like for a cafe, colleges and universities, the other type (Infrastructure)is more secure, but save that for when you get it all set. Itś easy to change without having to redo heaps of other configs.
set Channel to "0" for auto-select on Infrastructure mode
What does the readme say that came with the opensource driver module?
The one I have for a different device (D-Link RT61)has a very intuitive readme file.
see how you go.
wlan0 is defo the desktop.
ra0 is the laptop.
That bit is okay.
I'll have a look at the infrastructure mode. How do I configure both interfaces please? I'm a linux noob remember!
What i'd really like to know as well, is what "martian source" and "printk" errors are, as i gave above. It looks like my two machines are "talking" but not the same language.
"martian source": Packets that come to you from a source not consistent with the routing statements for an interface are from way out there somewhere, like Mars, hence martian source. FYI: http://www.dclug.org.uk/archive/2005/07/msg00038.html
"192.168.1.50 from 192.168.1.25" which is what?
Best - draw a wee diagram of your intended network.
BTW: I thoucht you had a desktop box with eth0 to the internet and a wired router. Now you're telling me you have a wireless router after all?
NO! I don't have a wireless router.
Its quite simple:
I have a desktop. Its has two interfaces: eth0 (wired to a wired router gateway to net) and wlan0 (wireless)
I have a laptop with a wireless interface (ra0)
192.168.1.50 = desktop
192.168.1.25 = laptop
I want the laptop to be setup Ad-Hoc to the desktop and the desktop to share its internet connection to the laptop.
I heard Linux was a nightmare to setup wireless networking, never in my wildest dreams did I thin it would be this hard. For a n00b, its really daunting and no wonder people stick with Windows. Gosh, please help.
If someone could PLEASE provide LAYMEN terms and step by step instructions on how to set these three adapters up, I'd be happy.
Incidentally the eth0 interface on desktop works fine, I have internet. I just cant get the two wireless adapters talking not sharing the internet.
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