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Old 01-17-2005, 04:28 PM   #1
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how to change the interface name of the wireless device

how to change the interface name of the wireless device

Quite simply I want my wireless device to come up as eth3. When I do an iwconfig it is coming up with the following details :

dev6330 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"" Nickname:"Prism I"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462GHz Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
Bit Rate:11Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm Sensitivity:1/3
Retry min limit:8 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption keyff
Power Managementff
Link Quality=0/92 Signal level=134/153 Noise level=134/153
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

When I reboot my box the dev number changes to what appears to be a completely random number. I have an eth0 and an eth1 which were my pre-existing device.

This is part of my dmesg file:

Detected Orinoco/Prism2 PLX device at 0000:00:0d.0 irq:9, io addr:0x2480
divert: allocating divert_blk for eth1
eth1: Station identity 001f:0003:0000:0008
eth1: Looks like an Intersil firmware version 0.8.3
eth1: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
eth1: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
eth1: WEP supported, 104-bit key
eth1: MAC address 00:04:75:88:92:E4
eth1: Station name "Prism I"
eth1: ready

as the wireless device is attempting to use eth1 and I already have eth1 allocated to another nic, it is giving the name dev6330, and not working. AS a

little test I changed my ifcfg-eth1 file to have my wireless card details instead, and this seemed to work, and the wireless device is also displayed as eth1

when doing iwconfig, however this is not a working solution as I need eth3 to be the wireless, not eth1.

here are some more details of my system:

more /etc/modules.conf
alias eth0 e100
alias eth1 3c59x
alias usb-controller usb-uhci
alias eth3 orinoco_plx

more /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1
# 3Com Corporation|3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado]

more /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth3
# 3Com Corporation|3CRWE777 PCI(PLX) Wireless Adaptor [Airconnect]
Old 01-18-2005, 01:47 AM   #2
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Your almost there. You just need to add the following to modules.conf I believe,

options orinoco_plx if_name=eth3

Add that before the final alias command.
Old 01-19-2005, 05:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Chris

unfortunately didnt seem to work, I tried putting it before and after the last alias in modules.conf, and even in modprobe.conf

I wonder if I was to move the wireless card to a different PCI slot then it may be scanned after the other NIC and be given a different eth#

Is that worth a try, I have tried a different IRQ by changing it in the BIOS but it made no difference


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