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Old 12-17-2005, 04:27 AM   #1
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Configuring Belkin Wireless router/card


Hi,

I have a Belkin ADSL wireless modem/router (model:F5D7630) and a Belkin wireless card (model:F5D7000). These two are connected wirelessly (the card is in my main desktop) and work faultlessly in Windows.

My question is, how do I make them work together in Suse 10.0? I have run the wireless configuration program but it cant find anything.

Although I have a pretty good understanding of Windows PCs in general I know nothing at all about networking, I also know nothing at all about Linux so if any answers were posted in as simple terms as possible I would be thankful

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 11:44 PM   #2
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I don't know about SUSE, but I have the same card working under Slackware with NdisWrapper, so you could try that. Maybe do a search on LQ to find other posts about NdisWrapper/wireless cards on SUSE.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 12:17 AM   #3
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Nylex is right. The trick is to find the chipset on your actual card and see if there is a native driver for it in the Linux kernel. If so, it's going to be in any Linux distribution, including SUSE. If not, then you need the correct Windows driver and NDISWrapper. I would hope that SUSE has a package for NDISWrapper, if not then you get to install it from a 3rd party package or source. With the Belkin card, consult the list for the chipset type and appropriate windows driver to use.

This is also probably the most popular question in the wireless forum (I have X card and Y Linux distro, how do I get it to work?) so there should be enough information on how to get it all working when you search LQ for previous posts.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 08:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guys(?), I have read quite a few of the other threads regarding this and they're pretty techie for my level of expertise. What I really need is a 'put bolt A in hole A' type answer.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:21 PM   #5
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Since you sound pretty confused, I'll try to help you out. First of all just make sure you have ndiswrapper. If you don't have it, go into YaST, and under the Software tab, select Software Management. Do a search for ndiswrapper and install it. The next objective is to find your drivers. These will most likely be on the CD that came with your wireless card. If not, go to the manufacturer's website and look there. It should give you a .inf file and a .sys file. Put both of them in a folder together, and press F4 (this opens up a terminal in the directory that you are currently in, so you don't have to navigate there yourself). Type "ndiswrapper -i [name of .inf file].inf". To see if they were installed correctly, type ndiswrapper -l. This should display your installed drivers. If it says "drivers present, hardware present" next to the driver name, type "ndiswrapper -m". This writes the alias and configuration of wlan0. Next, type "modprobe ndiswrapper". This should load the drivers into SuSE and your wireless card should start functioning. Just to make sure it works, type "iwconfig wlan0". It should show up there, with a bunch of info that you don't need to know as of yet. Type "iwconfig wlan0 essid [your SSID/Network Name here]". This sets your SSID (the name that shows up when your network is found, there is normally a function to let you change this on your router) for your wireless configuration. If you have WEP encryption or no encryption, good. If you use WPA, you might need to do some searching on the forums to see how to get it working. (I still haven't got my WPA working with my wireless card!) If you don't have any encryption, your wireless card should be functioning as of now. If you do have WEP encryption, type "iwconfig wlan0 key restricted [your WEP key here]" and it should be connected! Just to test it out (if you have a direct cable connection beside the wireless connection in SuSE) type "ifdown eth0" and then ping something. e.g. "ping google.com". If the ping is successful, congrats! You have a working wireless card! If not, you may have to do some more searching.

Good luck,
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Old 12-20-2005, 04:11 AM   #6
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thats's the sort of answer I was looking for thanks alot Chief I will try it ASAP.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 11:12 PM   #7
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got it working...

Thanks Chief... I got it working 90% of the way with your instructions. I had to go back into Yast, Network Devices and add a new "Device Type" of wireless using "wlan0" as the network configuration and hardware configuration name that pointed back to the wlan0 config done with the ndiwrapper and modprobe setup. I then setup DNS and my Routing default route settings for this device... and its now working. I'm using Suse10 and Belkin Wireless G card.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 04:50 AM   #8
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I'm glad to help sgale!
 
  


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