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Old 04-01-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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Repost: problem booting WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster

Wireless-G Linksys about knoppix & KANOTIX ( post #1)

Ok, heres my question , I was able to get KANOTIX online in linux with the following programs , kanotix-ndiswrapper to load windows drivers and then type in the ESSID name & Key in wlcardconfig which is wavelan configure program and then run netcardconfig and select for it to enable
Use DHCP broadcast and anwsered yes here
I thought it need a better subject line
I don't no how to configure it to bootup on the linux kernel

Repost is below

robert@Linksys:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: -------------
Bit Rate:48 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
Power Managementff
Link Quality:99/100 Signal level:-59 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:420 Invalid misc:14796 Missed beacon:0

eth0 no wireless extensions.
ok all that ok but , the kernel does not what to load the info on startup , I want to get it running on start up but it does not seem to keep the ESSID and Key info when it gets back
into KDE , it fails to load DHCPserver questions on bootup too,
I was also thinking about using gentoo with ndiswrapper too but , would it work better than KANOTIX and Knoppix and does it have dniswrapper on the first boot cdrom so you can setup the network thought it and if I got it up and running would it work right to loadup the linksys-G network card to using the router for net acess with dsl?

here more info on the card with ifconfig
robert@Linksys:~$ ifconfig
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets:323 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:323 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:22811 (22.2 KiB) TX bytes:22811 (22.2 KiB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0F:66:1B:77:85
inet addr:------ Bcast:----- Mask:----
RX packets:5355 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3502 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:4251856 (4.0 MiB) TX bytes:520471 (508.2 KiB)
I use --- to remove placement for the number which I don't think I should post online

also info on card from PCI info Center
Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Linksys: Unknown device 0015
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 32, IRQ 11
Memory at feafe000(32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8k]

annd from linksys site the card is called Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster
model number is WMP54GS

MY basic question is how to get this card working right with any linux version that will bootup the Network card with the internet acesss thou router that connected to dsl connection question for bootup it up from linux kernel? So how can I fix this to load on bootup , also it works just fine once you gothou wavelan config and network configure program but it does not remember that info on kernel bootup , it seems to not keep in online from bootup in KANOTIX and also knoppix but these are the only linux that I have yet to make acess the net in linux
Old 04-01-2005, 06:02 PM   #2
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linksys router to connect to sbc yahoo dsl

also note I use a linksys router with SRX to connect to sbc yahoo dsl with a key 128-bit connect stuff

Last edited by Wireless-G-DSL; 04-01-2005 at 06:03 PM.
Old 04-02-2005, 07:58 AM   #3
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I use a Belkin wireless card, but avoid bringing it up at boot because if I upgrade my kernel and try to bring up wlan0 with the old ndiswrapper version the kernel crashes

If you don't mind being careful about your kernel upgrades (i.e. remembering to uninstall ndiswrapper and reinstall it again after) you could do this no probs though. For your Gentoo installation:

add ndiswrapper to /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-[YOURKERNELVERSION]
run modules-update
add the following commands to your startup script (most distros you can just add this script to /etc/rc.local, but in Gentoo you use /etc/conf.d/local.start):
iwconfig wlan0 key restricted [YOURKEYHERE]
iwconfig wlan0 channel [YOURCHANNELHERE]
iwconfig wlan0 essid [ON/OFF]
dhcpcd wlan0

Hope that helps


Last edited by jimieee; 04-02-2005 at 09:04 AM.
Old 04-09-2005, 01:05 PM   #4
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why key restricted, why not key open or shared mode?

wconfig wlan0 key restricted [YOURKEYHERE]
iwconfig wlan0 channel [YOURCHANNELHERE]
iwconfig wlan0 essid [ON/OFF]
dhcpcd wlan0

why key restricted

why not key open

the wireless card & router don't have a restricted mode under the router it has open and one called shared mode under it even thou restricted works I don't think it is the right mode because windows only was also shared & open options under linksys windows software

also thanks for the info on getting gentoo too bootup but could you give me the info on say knoppix to get the wlan0 up on booting up the kernel? I have decided too use it because I don't like any more using gentoo just because I don't like spending all my time compiling apps for linux , when after downloding them , I just what them to install after downloading them etc.. don't really need it to compile them if not needed to do so , just want thing to work without it taking days to get it up, gentoo 2005 was just taking too long to compile with emerge , like the night just to compile kde , I don't like that also its not even the newest kde it was compiling up it takes too long , had no problem installing gentoo , just don't like its compiler any more.


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