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Old 07-08-2004, 08:33 PM   #1
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Almost there, one problem left

Okay, heres the deal. I've been screwing around with getting my old Fedora Core 2 box up on the wireless in my house. I have gotten it to the point where everything is detected and configured, including wep, i see all my access point info in /sbin/iwconfig and it is detected in /sbin/ifconfig. Here's the problem. First off the computer does not automatically bring up interface 'wlan0' (which is its right and proper name) on boot, and i can't seem to get it to. Also, when i do manually activate it using /sbin/ifconfig wlan0 up it does come up but I am unable to use the mozilla firefox to access the interweb. I know I am close and can almost taste the wifi (if that is indeed possible), someone please help!
Old 07-13-2004, 08:22 PM   #2
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route add default gw
where the xxx is ur routers ip address
Old 07-14-2004, 12:00 AM   #3
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For your first question, you can add "/sbin/ifconfig wlan0 up" to /etc/rc.d/rc.local. I did this in Slackware. I don't know whether it will also work in other distributions, but if you can find this file on your machine it should work.

For your second question, I need to do "dhcpcd wlan0" after bring wlan0 up. You can have a try.
Old 07-14-2004, 05:21 AM   #4
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I just solved a similar issue on SuSE 9.0 on a laptop using a cardbus wireless card (had to use ndiswrapper as well) which also has onboard ethernet.

I had to use rmmod ndiswrapper, insmod ndiswrapper and then manually bring the card up.

The thing that was stopping it coming up on booting was that the init scripts (/etc/init.d/rc?.d) were loading the network before hotplug and pcmcia). Therefore it was trying to connect before the device was activated! I switched the order and bingo the card works (and is hotpluggable) from boot. Therefore it's worth a look at the order of your init scripts to see if that's the issue.

To get the dhcp stuff to work I had to manually create an ifcfg-wlan0
in it as well as the wireless stuff to set the ESSID and key.

The only other issue I have is that because I have 2 NICs both using dhcp I can't let them both load because they each give me a default route and you can only have one default route. Because the onboard is what I normally use I have that one's STARTMODE = 'onboot' and if I want to use the wireless card I just make sure I 'ifconfig eth0 down' to remove any eth0 stuff.

Good luck


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