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Koop 02-18-2005 12:28 PM

Want to use Linux full time
But I just cannot get this damn wireless network setup.

Suse 9.0 tells me I have a Realtek adapter (?) installed but I don't have no wireless utility there for me to input my WEP settings & to tell the system which network to connect to.

I type in my ISP details but that's as far as I can get because if i try to dial-in I get an exit code 2 or something.

I have a Pheenet WL-11PCIR Wireless PCI Card which uses a Realtek chip I think so that's probably why Suse tells I have what I have installed.

I've read my instruction manual from back to front but I just dunno how to set things up in the right way. I've looked for help on the net but it seems to confuse me the more I read as websites and people keep telling me to download program x or set it up this way or that, etc.

Just in a muddle :/.

samel_tvom 02-18-2005 12:59 PM

install wireless-tools
In that package there are som iw* programs as iwconfig.

if you would enter a WEP key you would type:
iwconfig wlan0 key restricted XXXXXXXXXX
if your interface to the wifi card is wlan0 (which it probably is)

If you have a special name for your connection point you would type
iwconfig wlan0 essid ConnectionPoint
where ConnectionPoint is the name of the CP

Btw, if your free driver doesn't work you can use Windows drivers using ndiswrapper

good luck!

samel_tvom 02-18-2005 01:05 PM

oh yea forgot
here's the url (if you didn't want to google)

and if you have to have a GUI program to iwconfig:

Koop 02-18-2005 01:20 PM

Ok thanks. I don't suppose there is an RPM version, I don;t know how to compile.

samel_tvom 02-18-2005 01:42 PM


could work, google if not...

Koop 02-18-2005 03:52 PM

I installed the .rpm but where is the file I click to configure everything?

Also, if I configure a DSL in Yast I have the following settings:

PPP Mode is PPP over ATM

PPP Mode-Dependent Settings

It has a box that needs me to put in some command and I'm not sure what to put. I tried both VPI & VCI but nothing changes apart from in my system log it says something about VPI or VCI, depending what one I use is an unknown command.

Ethernet Card: eth0
Configure Network Cards (greyed out)

Modem IP Address (?)

Should that IP point to my router

Koop 02-19-2005 06:33 AM


samel_tvom 02-19-2005 10:04 AM


I installed the .rpm but where is the file I click to configure everything?
I don't really know what you mean... if it's the iwconfig stuff you can either do it in a terminal as root (after you've installed wireless-tools that is) or you can install xvconfig but then you have to find an rpm for that program.

It's actually quite easy to do it from a terminal:

0. su to root
1. First make sure your card is supported (that you have a driver that works and is up running)
2. type
#iwconfig wlan0 key restricted XXXXXXXXXX (if you have encryption)
#iwconfig wlan0 essid ConnectionPoint (where ConnectionPoint is the name of the CP)

2. type #iwlist wlan0 scan
(if the intercae is wlan0 which it probably is)
then you'll get an output which will determine if you can find a CP.
If you don't get an output saying "wlan0 No scan results"
then your card probably works and if you've enter everything right you just have to fix the ip.

I was a bit confused when you started to talk about your ISP. How is your network set up? If it is like mine:
The "ISP-cable" (where I get my internet from) is put into my router and my laptop has a wifi card that connects to the CP in the router.
If it is like that and you have a dhcp server running on the router you can just type:
#dhcpcd wlan0
or if you use dhclient and don't have dhcpcd
#dhclient wlan0

If it's not, let me know and I'll tell you how you set up your ip, but if you have a dhcp server running and everything works, you can learn another time about setting your ip =)

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