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jrguitar21 08-03-2006 04:25 AM

puppy2.02 wireless usb with DLink AirPlus
my post count is evidence enough that im quite new to linux. well, its been over a year since i've noodled with Gentoo... now I've found new interest in reviving an older PC laptop with Puppy.

Need to get onto my wireless network with an external wireless USB adapter (DLink DWL-G122) and have been following the Installing the D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G122 Wireless USB Adapter on SuSE 9.2 thread number 327797 (which outlines the process for Mandrake and SuSE). Unfortunately I'm unfamiliar with the [distro-specific?] networking config tools they use to setup/create a new wireless conection on wlan0 after the device is recognized, so im not sure how to proceed.

First of all, I'm curious if its even possible to configure a wireless connection yet with puppy, and second, perhaps someone could point me in the right direction for this next step.

The details of my pickle are the following:

if you've followed/read the linked thread above, I'm stuck where it seems many other people have gotten blocked as well.
  • removed /lib/modules/2.6/misc/ndiswrapper.ko
    (as recommended by above thread, although i dont think it made much of a difference the first time i tried it withough removing the file)
  • successfully using ndiswrapper with the driver files from DLink
  • successfully configured modprobe to run ndiswrapper
  • successfully activated ndiswrapper using modprobe
  • a check with lsmod shows ndiswrapper as a new module being used by usbcore
    BUT i get no green Lnk light to confirm the device is comunicating correctly (someone said that it wont come fully on if my wireless network uses encryption, which is my case)
    also get no wlan0 listed under iwconfig
  • arrived at impasse due to lack of "YaST" and "Mandrake Control Center" network config tools.

Am i missing something here about Puppy purportedly supporting wireless usb in version 2? Could anyone please point me in the right direction?

***Edited to add the link after my third post count.

kirkpuppy 08-03-2006 09:23 PM

That depends on the chip set used in your dwl-g122. If it's a version b1, it a ralink rt2570. I just posted a driver for that on the main puppy forum.

Unfortunately, wireless products seem to keep the same model number when everything inside the box changes. Usually they'll put a version number of some sort to identify what it actually is. If you google the model & version number you should be able to find out if there is a linux driver available.

kirkpuppy 08-03-2006 09:33 PM


Didn't read your post very well. :rolleyes:

It looks like you've got a driver going(you still might want to try the linux driver if it's a b1). I once had a dwl-g122 b1 and the light only flash during TX.

Puppy has an ethernet wizard under the start menu that supports some wireless setups. Also there's WAG (wireless access gaget), but seems to be broke in Puppy 2.02. I'll be posting a really nice wireless tool for puppy in a few days on the main forum.

Puppy also has Wireless Tools 28. These are used from command line or you can put them in a script. If you type iwconfig in a terminal window, it will list your wireless devices.

jrguitar21 08-03-2006 10:13 PM

actually, i found my device listed on the ndiswrapper list

I have revision C and not B.

Card: D-Link DWL-G122 rev. C1 (USB)
* Chipset: Ralink RT73 (RT2571W)
* usbid: 07d1:3c03
* Label: P/N: EDWLG122..C1G FCC ID:KA2DWLG122C1
* Driver: DR71WU.INF and DR71WU.SYS from the CD

I couldnt get windows drivers (downloaded from to work with ndiswrapper.

I found a dotpup that has linux driver for the chipset in my G122, but cant seem to get it to work!

see my other thread here over at Puppy forums

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