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Old 08-30-2004, 03:27 AM   #1
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Wireless internet: not running on full speed on Suse 9.1


Hello,

I have a little problem configuring wireless internet in Suse Personal 9.1.

When I use the (graphical) control center to configure my network adapter, by entering my SSID and access point (MAC address of the router), the internet connection works, but it is really slow! But when I run Knoppix (3.6) without having to configure something, the internet connection is very fast. Is there a possibility to "export" the settings from Knoppix to Suse? By PREFERENCE not by editing those text files...

Another strange thing: after updating Suse via the live Suse update tool (susewatcher), the internet connection doesn't work anymore at all! So for now, I re-installed Suse without updating it, but the internet connection is very slow.

Can someone please help me configuring my internet connection at full speed?

Thanks in advance,

koswo

PS: This is my infrastructure: a Toshiba laptop, an ADSL internet connection, a Netopia wireless ADSL router (I think it's the 3347W model) and a Linksys WPC11 PCMCIA wireless network adapter.
 
Old 08-30-2004, 05:34 AM   #2
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Or maybe someone who was able to configure his/her wireless internet in Suse 9.1 can explain me how?

anyone?
 
Old 08-31-2004, 04:06 AM   #3
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OK, this Suse distro is starting to p*$& me off. I'm going to install Mandrake 10 this evening. Does anyone know if Mandrake supports the Linksys WPC11 PCMCIA card? Or do I have to configure it from 0?

Thanks,
 
Old 08-31-2004, 11:19 AM   #4
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Which version of the WPC11?
No distro that I'm aware of supports the v4 without additional hoop-jumping.
If it's a v3 or lower, any distro should work with it with only minimal configuration.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 02:19 PM   #5
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First of all: thanks for your reply!

The version of my WPC11 is: ver.3.

In the meanwhile I installed Mandrakelinux 10. I configured my internet connection over the wireless PCMCIA adapter which was detected during installation. Result: internet works, but again very slow!

When I run "iwconfig", it shows the correct parameters for my internet connection.

Before I installed Mandrake, I tried the "ndiswrapper-solution" in Suse, but that didn't do the job either. And since I can't complete the process described on the Linksys support page for Linux (http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...aW51eA**&p_li=) because the Kernel sources aren't installed by default (see: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=224394), I'm a bit lost...

Any help = welcome!
 
Old 08-31-2004, 04:15 PM   #6
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It sounds as though the wireless card is functioning, so let's stay with that assumption for now.

As for the speed - define slow. What and how are you measuring?

Does iwconfig show the MAC address of your AP? (Just thinking that maybe you're connecting to a more distant WLAN). What does it show for signal strength and transfer rate?

Does a wired connection function properly? An improper /etc/hosts file can ruin your day.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 01:59 AM   #7
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Hello,

If I compare the time a site needs to load, it takes much much longer than in Windows, and I'm not talking about seconds. A simple site, like let's say Google, takes almost two minutes to load. Another strange thing I noticed (in Suse, I didn't test it in Mandrake yet) is that when I download a file, it runs at full speed.

iwconfig shows the correct mac address of my wireless router.

I didn't try a wired connection yet. I'll try to post the hosts file, when I get home.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 12:12 PM   #8
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It almost sounds like an MTU problem. You might try setting the MTU for 1498 to see if it helps. I'd also look at the interface stats with ifconfig to see what's happening.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 12:49 PM   #9
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OK, and how do I do that?
 
Old 09-01-2004, 02:44 PM   #10
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man ifconfig
 
Old 09-14-2004, 08:37 AM   #11
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Thanks to another post, I managed to find out what was the cause of the slow connection : bad DNS settings.

It's ok now (in Mandrake 10).
 
  


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