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Old 10-28-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
Thoddy
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Unhappy wifi card detected as ethernet card !?


My Netgear WG311T wifi card (Atheros AR5212 chip) is detected, but it is detected as an ethernet device! This means I am unable to create the correct configuration because the card does not know any wireless extensions...

I installed the madwifi drivers, did 'modprobe ath_pci', also added 'alias ath0 ath_pci' to my modprobe.conf file, as suggested on madwifi.org, but still: Fedora configures the card (correctly identified by its vendor name, etc.) as an ethernet card!?

The strangest thing is that the device is called wifi0!! Why does Fedora call an ethernet device (at least it thinks it is one) wifi0?? And why does it not call it ath0 - according to my line in the modprobe.conf??

Help, please...
 
Old 10-28-2006, 10:23 AM   #2
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Well Fedora isn't doing anything wrong, wireless ethernet cards are still ethernet cards and if it's "wifi0", it's definitely a wireless card. I don't know too much about configuring those cards, but based on your text I think the system has identified the card correctly (the device file name shouldn't be a problem), but the program you're using to create the connection is not "good enough" to provide you with all the fancy options. KDE has one Wireless assistive program, but I think it's not as good as it could be, since it's not giving all the options one might want. So, maybe you'll need to search for a better way to establish a connection?

Btw. my laptop's wireless card is identified as an "ethernet device" too, no problem. The fact that your card is called "wifi0" is just due to the fact that the device has to be called something, it's not that important what it's called -- as long as you, and the programs using the device, know what it is called. For all Linux cares the card could be called "my_mad_wireless_stungun0", if you just told it to all the programs.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 10:49 AM   #3
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Well Fedora isn't doing anything wrong, wireless ethernet cards are still ethernet cards and if it's "wifi0", it's definitely a wireless card.

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but the program you're using to create the connection is not "good enough" to provide you with all the fancy options

Well, ok - but wifi cards have certain options to be set, which "normal" ethernet crads do not have!

The thing about about the configuration utility might be true - the Fedora 'system-config-network' does not seem to be good! It shows the wifi0 device as type ethernet: without the wireless options to be set!

I found a solution that seems to work here:

http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/arc...p/t-43718.html

 
  


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