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Old 10-31-2003, 12:21 AM   #1
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Proxim b/g gold wireless card

First off Im not a Linux godbut would like to get better

OK Ive got a Orinoco 11b/g wireless card 8470-wd and am having a hell of a time trying to get Linux to see it. So Im wondering is there a driver that will work for this card? I would appreciate any help

Im running Red hat 9 kernel 2.4.20-20.9


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Old 10-31-2003, 01:04 AM   #2
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Hmmm... Linux should register the wireless card a an ethernet card. I know that 3comm wireless cards are supported. What is your hardware list telling you exactly?
Old 08-20-2004, 08:08 PM   #3
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8470-wd fully working on gentoo / 2.4.27

this post is way after the fact but for anyone else stumbling across this here's your solution.

I recently purchased the same orinoco card -> 8470-wd gold

It is an Antheros chipset and you can use the madwifi drivers

I happen to be on gentoo so an -> emerge madwifi-driver -> would do the trick.

once you have built the modules :

On gentoo:
su to root
modprobe wlan; modprobe ath_hal; modprobe ath_pci;
(yes in that order)

your device is now ath0

now use the command 'iwconfig' (part of wireless-tools -> emerge wireless-tools)
to setup your essid...wep key...etc etc etc... whatever the case is for your network
iwconfig ath0 channel 6
iwconfig ath0 essid linksys
iwconfig ath0 rate auto

(X's would be 26 hex values / 128bit wep encryption..... hex values are from 0 through f for super newbs)
do a 'man iwconfig' for more uses.

setup /etc/conf.d/net for iface_ath0 as you would any nic
(see gentoo's network card installation for more info on starting at boot time etc / multiples cards)
cd /etc/init.d
./net.ath0 start

bring up...blah blah blah

assuming you've entered everything correctly you should be up and ready for hours of wasting time on the net.

For those interested in wardriving airsnort and kismet will work without anything special done such as the previous orinoco chipset needing the patched driver.

Just set your card into Monitor mode -> iwconfig ath0 mode Monitor
and fire up airsnort.... set to ath0 and "other" and have fun scanning

If you would like a quick way to scan for available networks you can use iwlist
iwlist ath0 scanning

Unfortunately I didn't have much luck getting the drivers to compile for kernel 2.6
but that doesn't mean you ***can't*** get it to work somehow

Old 02-01-2005, 02:16 PM   #4
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Just a quick reply about madwifi_g drivers,

The following broke compiling(by default: emerge madwifi-drivers), so if you visit madwifi's web site, check out the steps to compile from CVS, ,
and they work / don't fail building. Make sure you add ath_pci to your modules.autoload and you should be in luck.
I would get (emerge) wireless-tools, pcmcia-cs, possibly kwirelessmonitor. I'm having a bit of difficulty with kismet, but hopefully I will figure out what I'm missing.



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