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Old 09-05-2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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USB wireless network card

Hello everyone

I have a USB wireless network card "SMC". This device is listed in the HCL list for supported hardware devices for BackTrack. However I can't seem to get it work. I tried the Vmware and Live CD versions of BackTrack. I am used to working with Microsoft Windows OS and I have no experience in UNIX systems. Usually when I add a new device to Microsoft Windows OS, a wizard popup and guide me through the process of installing the device. How do I install my USB wireless network card on BacKTrack and get it work on applications like kismet ?
Old 09-05-2009, 05:43 AM   #2
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Hello sevensevenone and wellcome to LQ,

there are some commands in linux which will help you to find out if your network-card is detected by the system. There is /sbin/lsusb which shows you all usb-devices which are connected. "lsmod" shows you which kernel-modules are loaded, in your case
lsmod | grep -i smc
will point you in the right direction.

How to configure your system for wlan depends on the distribution. I'd recommend to read the manuals.

Old 09-05-2009, 06:42 AM   #3
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For newbies the Ubuntu distro is often recommended because it's easy to use. When you start the live CD there should be everything to set your WLAN card up on the desktop - if it is supported out of the box. If not, then you'll probably need to load a Windows .INF file with the "ndiswrapper" tool. It could be the same in BackTrack since it is based on Ubuntu (just googled it), but I don't know the BackTrack distro, I'm afraid.

In any case, a link to the HCL entry on your device would be helpful because we can't help when we don't know what device you are trying to use.


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