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Old 08-30-2003, 02:42 PM   #1
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Turning on wireless card


I'm trying to get wireless to work on my laptop. I'm using a SMC 2635 card and have the drivers installed as well as the wireless tools. I've gotten stuck getting the card to access the router. I can't get an IP assigned to it or anything. It seems as if the radio is not even on. Can anyone give me any pointers?


Thinkpad T22
SMC 2635
RH 9.0
 
Old 08-30-2003, 03:23 PM   #2
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Might I ask where you got drivers for this card? I picked one up for $20 and would love to get it working under RedHat 9 on my laptop instead of always booting into XP when away from home.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 03:55 PM   #3
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Yup, I got them here:

http://www.admtek.com.tw/download/ADM8211.htm

Maybe you'll have better luck than me.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 10:04 PM   #4
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If you're positive that your card is an admtek, then be of good cheer. It works w/linux. Could you post the output of these 2 commands, run as root:
ifconfig -a
iwconfig

It shouldn't take too long to determine what's necessary to get the card functional

EDIT:
in the meantime, you can have a look at this little howto I put together for my dwl-650v2, which is an admtek card, I have not yet updated it, but the instructions for mandrake will work for redhat. Here's the link:
http://www.houseofcraig.net/belkin_howto.php

hit the "I've got the dwl-650" link near the top for admtek cards.

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Old 09-01-2003, 03:59 PM   #5
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ifconfig -a :

Quote:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:47:92:F0:68
BROADCAST 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:100
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0x1800 Memory:e8120000-e8120038

eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:04:E2:7E:EA:74
inet addr:192.168.254.7 Bcast:192.168.254.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:7026 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:515693 (503.6 Kb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0x4800

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:23 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:23 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:2156 (2.1 Kb) TX bytes:2156 (2.1 Kb)
iwconfig

Quote:
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"" Nickname:""
NWIDff/any Mode:Managed Channel:0
Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00 Bit Rate=0kb/s Tx-Power=47 dBm
Sensitivity:0/65535
Retry limit:3 RTS thr=2346 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption keyff
Power Managementff
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
I can't seem to pickup my ssid or anything. For whatever reason i can't assign it a channel either. Any ideas?
 
Old 09-01-2003, 04:11 PM   #6
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the card looks to be functional, looks like you might need to check the router's setup, especially regarding MAC address filtering and WEP. I've seen this more than a few times and more than once people had their routers set to either no wireless function on at all, not broadcasting essid (I have to broadcast the ssid to connect using this chipset), 128bit WEP keys as opposed to 64bit and/or to not allow their card to connect based on it's MAC address, so please check your router, while you're there verify it's ip address also because the ip address assigned to eth1 looks to be non-standard, if your router's ip is 192.168.1.1, try using ifconfig eth1 192.168.1.100 and then go with iwconfig eth1 mode managed rate 11M key off essid ssidnameofyourrouter.

Are the lights on the card doing anything?

EDIT: just noticed your bit-rate was 0.

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Old 09-01-2003, 05:29 PM   #7
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I checked the router setup and everything is good. All my other wireless machines here work fine.

My router's ip is 192.168.254.254 .... I don't understand why the Bcast was showing up as 192.168.254.255 though. I tried using the iwconfig parameters you suggested to no avail.

The light on the card starts to blink once i do an ifconfig xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx to it.

Looks like i'm just going to have to wait for my Orinoco card to show up.
 
Old 09-01-2003, 09:09 PM   #8
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x.x.x.255 is the standard broadcast address. I just stuck my admtek card (dwl-650v2) in and got the same look on an iwconfig until I assigned an ip address via ifconfig, then the "link" light blinks incessantly until I go out of range (maybe that's the purpose of the incessant blink). Then I issued (as root) iwconfig eth1 mode managed rate 11M channel 4 essid wireless_hoc key 7988ADFECF. Then a ping <router's ip address> worked, are you issuing the correct iwconfig command for your site?
 
Old 09-01-2003, 09:21 PM   #9
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Any iwconfig parameters i try to set don't take affect. I try the same one you used, but with my values and nothing happens. I try individual ones like ... iwconfig eth1 essid name_of_ssid and it doesn't set the ssid for eth1. I can't figure what the heck I'm doing wrong here.
 
Old 09-01-2003, 09:24 PM   #10
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ok, made some progress here...

i changed the mode to ad-hoc and it picked up my network....i have the ssid, frequency, bit rate etc. now. Since ad-hoc mode is basically p2p mode, why can't it see the router in managed mode?

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Old 09-01-2003, 09:59 PM   #11
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I'm using version 1.03 of the admtek driver, I have pre-compiled admtek modules available for redhat 9.0 and mandrake 9.0 on my howto page, if that makes any difference.

As far as ad-hoc v managed, are there any other wireless cards/access points within range that could explain this? Are you able to ping the router or another wireless card in ad-hoc?

The other thing that comes to mind theoretically is that you somehow managed to get the radio turned on where it was off before, this (I'm theorizing) happens occasionally with my acx100 card.
 
Old 09-01-2003, 10:25 PM   #12
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This time around I'm using the module from your site.

There is another wireless network setup at my neighbors house, but I can't pick it up unless I'm on the other side of the house. I'm not able to ping anything.

I agree with you about some how turning it on...its like once its in ad-hoc mode its "on", but managed mode it's "off". Hmmmm...
 
Old 09-01-2003, 10:31 PM   #13
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Try the module from my page, I'm using it right now w/redhat9, so, your neighbor hasn't secured their wireless network?, this is sad, and I see so much of it.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 11:04 AM   #14
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I am using the module from your page. Guess I'll just have to keep tinkering.

Nope, no security on my neighbors end. I agree it is sad to see things like this, but I've made a business out of it. I'll go wardriving in the neighborhood and find insecure networks and notify the person. I offer to fix their problem for a small fee. I figure I'm doing some good and creating a little revenue for myself.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:58 PM   #15
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Nice, very enterprising. So, still no go? Is there any difference at all in the behavior of the card now, or is it still the same?
 
  


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