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This is the first "blog" of any kind I've ever had, so it's probably not the greatest...

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I'd like to consider myself relatively tech-savvy; obviously I use Linux (Arch to be precise; K.I.S.S. FTW), and I enjoy learning new things about computers in general (both software and hardware-related).

This blog is mostly just for whenever I feel like telling the world about my experiences with computers/Linux (or just life in general), or just posting for the hell of it.
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Desktop wireless

Posted 12-22-2010 at 09:04 PM by MrCode
Updated 12-28-2010 at 09:27 PM by MrCode
Tags linux, wireless

Moving away from the general theme of depression and existential angst, I'd like to report a (however partial) small success: I'm posting this from my desktop computer, without the need for it to "piggy-back" on my laptop's wireless connection.

There's a slight catch, though: I'm having to do it roughly the same way I did it on Ubuntu: install ndiswrapper, set up the Windows driver for my Netgear WN111 USB wireless dongle through ndiswrapper, and hope for the best. It does associate successfully each time, but I can only get an IP address via DHCP after several attempts, and setting the IP manually doesn't work. (Luckily I have a couple shell scripts for easily connecting/disconnecting that are identical on both the lappy and the desktop)

I have another wireless dongle (A D-Link DWA-130) that has a native Linux driver, but a) it has pretty much the same problem as the Netgear adapter WRT getting an IP (it takes a few tries), and b) after it does connect, the system locks up completely after an unspecified amount of time (I'd guess about 10-15 minutes, or something like that; I didn't time it exactly).

Another thing is that I have to keep the connection "alive" by sending a constant ping out every few seconds or so (I have it do ping -i 10, otherwise it drops it. It was the same way under Ubuntu. I'm guessing this is a problem with the ndiswrapper driver (or more likely the actual NDIS Windows driver that it's using ), since it appears to be cross-distro.

Well, at least I can get this machine online without having to rely on a crossover cable and my laptop...I can put the lappy to sleep and save a little energy!
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  1. Old Comment
    Good job!
    Posted 12-22-2010 at 09:36 PM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Moving away from the general theme of depression and existential angst
    Hooray!!! Thank **** for that!
    Posted 12-23-2010 at 07:52 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Hooray!!! Thank **** for that!

    Yeah, don't get the impression that I'm always depressed from those postings. It's just that when I get all existential and start thinking about free will vs. determinism-related whatnot, this is the only place I feel comfortable "venting". I'll try to keep that more "in check" from now on, though; maybe I'll start "venting" by writing local documents (i.e. saved on my HDD, not posted online), so that nobody has to see my rantings. I know now that nobody wants to read it anymore.
    Posted 12-23-2010 at 09:30 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
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    it may be a little more considerait to ping your own network ip address. either way, it's odd that the windows/ndis driver doesn't work properly.
    Posted 12-25-2010 at 11:40 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    it may be a little more considerait to ping your own network ip address.
    Yeah, I have it ping the router now instead of

    I was mostly talking about that particular instance when I wrote this blog entry. I use as a test ping to see if I have internet connectivity, so I used it at first out of habit, but now I use the home router to keep the connection alive.
    Posted 12-26-2010 at 10:30 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline


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