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Old 12-15-2003, 10:42 AM   #16
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3COM/3crshpw796 in Suse

I am having similar problems to ones posted earlier about
configuring wireless network cards and in particular setting
wireless configurations using iwconfig

I have 3COM 3CRSHPW796 card under Suse 9.0.

By fiddling around repeatedly with iwconfig, I can set the ESSID
but it appears I have to know what the essid is in advance...
If I set ESSID to any then nothing is found nor does iwlist find

If I give it the ESSID that
I can read in Windows it seems to find the signal (great signal
strength shown, and if I switch off the access point, it disappears).

Once I managed to get the Link light to come on. But I couldn't
then set the ESSID. By the time I had set the ESSID the Link light
disappeared. I went through my shell history and tried to replicate
the process but without any luck...

Last edited by shaze; 12-15-2003 at 10:46 AM.
Old 12-15-2003, 11:37 PM   #17
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I have also used these drivers....

And this time (after removing the 3com ones) I can sometimes get a link light.

But as per the above URL I have left ESSID broadcast on, on the router.

I never see anything when I do a iwlist. The driver does not support iwspy.

Once I did get a link light, and a listing for an AP in iwlist - but after checking some other issues later on (when I had no link light or iwlist result) I found that the card is only finding itself. Point is, when I did have a link light and a iwlist result, I forget if the AP listed was in fact ME!


Anyway, I could never ping. I have had it up to my neck with this driver.....this is one of the main issues with me for Linux. Friggin hardware support - talk about a waste of time.

Anyway, being a long time Linux backend dude, I wanted to make the transition to the desktop - now that the palm link stuff is better - but I want WIFI!! :-)

I have also tried searching for general info on how to setup wifi networking as it seems to be a minefield compared to standard Ethernet, iwtools package, this "something"-ng package, etc.

I downloaded and install APRadar and it looks cool - but is hampered by the fact that both the 3com driver and the above driver from the Spanish dude don't support scanning.

Also because the 8211.o or 3com.o driver don't appear in the list of hardware in the netcfg tool (even though /etc/pcmcia/config is updated) it is hard to use any of the GUI tools or ncurses tools to set this little bugger. So I am resorting to only iwconfig and command line editing of the cfg files otherwise you get these weird Frankenstein config files.

Also, both drivers, =NEVER= unload the driver module when the card is ejected.

Anyone know a good plan of attack for these drivers and this card? I assumed 3Com would have good support. Ha!

Old 12-16-2003, 01:50 AM   #18
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I think we're in the same boat peach, and tried the same things.

I can sometimes get the card into state where it does see the AP (which I can verify by
physically swiitching off the AP and seeing that the signal level drops) and I can ping the card but
that'ts it.

Anyway enough --- time to throw away this 3COM card and get another.
Old 12-16-2003, 04:02 AM   #19
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Alas, I can't throw it away. Here in China wifi is non existant so the prices are HUGE!

I paid a fortune for this one (Tried to get another one when I was in Australia for work 2 months ago, where cards cost the same as the US re: cheap - but Dell stuffed up the delivery, sent me a Mini PCI card!!!!!)

So I can't throw it away that easy as I ain't going to be able to re-sell it and I am not going to plonk another USD$80 down for a PC-CARD Wifi adapter.... And USD$80 we are talking .b forget about .g.


Last edited by Peach; 12-16-2003 at 04:04 AM.


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