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Old 10-09-2003, 05:40 AM   #1
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Slackware 9.1, WMP11, and wlan-ng

Hi, I think the subject says it all, with the WMP11 being a Linksys wireless PCI card (which does NOT have the broadcom chipset).

1. Fresh install of Slackware 9.1

2. Installed wlan-ng 0.2.1-pre13

3. Configured /etc/wlan/wlan.conf so that it has SSID_wlan0="MySSID" and ENABLE_wlan0=y

4. Configured /etc/wlan/wlancfg-MySSID:

dot11WEPDefaultKey0=<My 128-bit WEP keys>
dot11WEPDefaultKey1=<My 128-bit WEP keys>
dot11WEPDefaultKey2=<My 128-bit WEP keys>
dot11WEPDefaultKey3=<My 128-bit WEP keys>

5. Added the following lines to /etc/rc.d/rc.local:
modprobe prism2_pci
wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_ifstate ifstate=enable
wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_autojoin ssid=MySSID authtype=opensystem
ifconfig wlan0 netmask broadcast
route add default gw

6. Added the following line to /etc/modules.conf:
alias wlan0 prism2_pci

Basically, I did everything the README for wlan-ng told me to do. I can ping myself, but I can't ping another computer on the network, although WAP logs show the computer connecting. Here's the kicker: When I type iwconfig wlan0, I see halfway through, Encryption key: off. What's the deal with that? I know /etc/wlan/wlancfg-MySSID is configured correctly, because I have a WPC11 using wlan-ng drivers and Slackware 9.0 (using it to right this post, in fact).

I have not tried to connect with no WEP, but like I said, the WAP logs shows the computer connecting, so I feel there's no need to. It's just a problem with the WEP, unless someone knows otherwise.

Also, I see that hermes/orinoco drivers try to load when the computer boots: is this causing conflicts? A computer seems pretty useless without internet connection and I want to get dropline on here ASAP .
Old 10-09-2003, 04:07 PM   #2
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I've been scouring the internet for two weeks on this issue, but I haven't had any good leads. Can anybody point me in the right direction?
Old 10-09-2003, 05:28 PM   #3
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I recently picked up the same card, and I discovered that it was supported at one point, but recently Linksys changed the chipset of the card from Prism2 to Broadcom. Currently there are no Linux drivers for the Broadcom chipset. So I returned the card and will get a different one.

Here's a really good list of cards and Linux-related information.

If you have an older WMP11, then you probably still have a Prism2 chipset, in which case it should work.
Old 10-09-2003, 09:54 PM   #4
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Thanks for replying. I know for a fact that I don't have the broadcom chipset because I, too, use to have that card. I've bought another one off of eBay and I have gotten the card to work before under SuSE, although not with WEP. So the problem is not with the card, but with configuring it.
Old 10-10-2003, 01:10 PM   #5
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mandrake with wep

i've got a wireless card built in my laptop that works fine as long as i dont have encryption turned on. i know i've got the key right and everything but it can't seem to pull an IP off the router when it connects to it. what all is involved in getting linux to connect with a wap thats using enc?
btw its 128-bit enc on a dlink 614+ with the simple key of 1111111111111
and my laptop wireless card is a gemtec minipic, dont know what chipset, but it works fine in linux anyways so i know thats not the problem. laptop is a clevo 5600ds, aka the alienware area51m.



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