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Old 04-19-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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wireless internet connection, Fedora 10 , linksys wrt54g , broadcom BCM4309

Just got fedora 10 on my laptop, first time linux user(outside of school), and am not able to get online. When i try to activat wlan0 it is unable to determine an ip address. Not sure what to do. Any help is appriciated thanks!!
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Did you try that switch (linksys) with any other device? It seems to me, that you have some configuration problem there.
Old 04-19-2009, 08:15 AM   #3
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broadcom BCM4309 <- I had a laptop (Acer Ferrari 4005) with I think the same wireless card. And I had to use ndiswrapper and the windows driver to get it work and to have internet.
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If his machine says he has wlan0 then I think his driver is all set and the machine detects his wireless card. What his problem seems to be is either his IP configuration on his machine, or the access point to which he's trying to connect is not running dhcp.
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If his machine says he has wlan0 then I think his driver is all set and the machine detects his wireless card.
Not true with Broadcom cards. The Linux driver has two parts, the b43 driver (which is part of the kernel) and the firmware, which Red Hat can't distribute because of licensing restrictions. However, there is likely an unofficial repository that has the firmware in an RPM. Maybe someone with Fedora experience could post a link.
Old 04-20-2009, 02:12 AM   #6
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got it up and going with some help from some one on fedoraforum. if inerested in the fix or have a similar problem here is the thread:

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