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Old 03-07-2004, 07:36 AM   #1
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Linksys 54g Card -- using Windows drivers

Again slightly not in the spirit of Linux -- but I'm a working photographer so I NEED my machines for work as well as a bit of dabbling I decided to get my Linksys 54g card working. I downloaded the 30 day free trial from and followed the instructions.

Worked first time so I sent the 19 USD back for a license straight away -- Now I'm happy as I've got Both laptops wirelessly working now

One with the ORINOCO CARD (which I've previously posted and worked with the SUSE distribution after a bit of fiddling and doesn't need any Windows drivers as per LINUXANT and this one which is the LINKSYS 54g wireless card which does.

It basically works by using the WINDOWS XP drivers wrapped around their module.
If you don't run 'DOZE you can still download the drivers -- get the WINDOWS XP version.
Sometimes the Windows 2000 versions work if you can't find the XP versions.

Under no circumstances EVER EVER EVER have ANYTHING to do with WINDOWS NT

(Windows NT = Windows Neander Thal
= Windows No Thanks)

greyfox:~ # iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

sit0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"belkin54g" Nickname:"unknown"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462GHz Access Point: 00:30:BD:91:4C:4E
Bit Rate=54Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm <===== Look 54 Mb/s working as well
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality:1/1 Signal level:-42 dBm Noise level:-77 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

greyfox:~ # dldrconfig -i
Linuxant DriverLoader for Wireless LAN devices, version 1.64

Web configurator: listening on

Current parameters: ("dldrconfig --info")

Wireless interface name: wlan0 (format "wlan%d")
MAC address : 00:0C:41:2F:1D:04
Device instance: PCI-0000:02:00.0-14e4:4320-1737:4320
Device driver : lsbcmnds <============== The Windows Driver
License owner :
License key : removed for obvious reasons
License status : OK

greyfox:~ #

greyfox:~ # ifconfig
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:345 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:345 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:197967 (193.3 Kb) TX bytes:197967 (193.3 Kb)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0C:41:2F:1D:04
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::20c:41ff:fe2f:1d04/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:2011 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2208 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:1042220 (1017.7 Kb) TX bytes:331501 (323.7 Kb)

greyfox:~ #

leave the etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-wlan0 as default


In the YAST HARDWARE don't make any entries other than IP addresses (if static ones) , router and gateway. Ensure wireless device but don't enter anything else.

For WEP and other stuff you'll have to fiddle around but for a small home Network I can't be bothered -- I live out where I'm unlikely to have anybody using "hotspots" outside my house and my Internet connection is adequately firewalled.

Best 19 USD spent for a long time -- but you can if you have time try the NDIS solution which is an open source project to achieve the same purpose.

I don't actually mind paying SMALL fees for decent software if it works and saves me a lot of time -- it's being ripped off by the big boys that I hate -- So any developers out there money is waiting.

Last edited by 1kyle; 03-07-2004 at 07:49 AM.


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