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Old 11-20-2003, 11:16 AM   #1
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Cisco Airo 350 with slackware 9.1 ?


Ok, has anyone had any luck using wireless on a laptop running slackware 9.1 ?
I have been using this Cisco 350 card for a year on RH9 with my compaq evo N800c. I have a spare drive that I have installed Slackware 9.1 on, and I am very close to getting the card to work. I can plug the card in and the pcmcia_core and airo modules load. iwconfig shows the card as eth1 with the wireless extentions. At first I tried to bring up the card manually, but I never get a dhcp address. Then I installed the drivers from cisco using the kcpciinstall script, and the client utilities. The cisco ACU shows that the card associates with the AP and even gives the AP ip address, but I still do not get an IP address. eth1 is setup to get dhcp in the rc.d config file. The ACU status shows some traffic and good signal strength, but I get incoming CRC errors. I think it is having a problem associating the mac address of the card.

Any ideas ?

Ok, specifying an ip address in the etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf helps. It will come up now if I run the cisco ./acu utility after logging into x.
So dhcp will not work with this configuration ? Is there a way to set the wireless properties without using the cisco utility, at boot time ?

Also, I still get a tone of errors with the card, about 20 PLCP CRC errors per second, and a few MAC crc errors too.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:22 AM   #2
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Ok, I figured out that if I do a /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 stop and start after I have brought up the Cisco ACU that my card will get a dhcp lease, which is great !

Is there anyone who can tell me how I might go about setting up the wireless card's ssid and wep settings so that they are available during boot so the card can grap a dhcp lease automatically ? I am sure this is possible with some configuration files or something, I am just not familiar enough with slack to do it .
 
Old 11-21-2003, 10:38 AM   #3
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In your rc.inet1 file put the following

cd /opt/cisco/bin/
./acu


I use the leap function so I also added

./leapset username password

Note on my older laptop PIII900 I had to add a "sleep 2" between them or it would go to fast and not authenticate.

hope this helps a little
 
Old 11-21-2003, 12:06 PM   #4
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I tried putting the ./acu in the rc.inet1 file but it failed. Then I used the /opt/cisco/bin/bcard utility in the rc.inet1 file and it worked great !! now it even works when I hotplug the card in while booted . Thanks a bunch for the pointer, I have been trying for days!
 
Old 11-21-2003, 02:12 PM   #5
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No prob.
I have found that using the Aironet 350 once it is configured like you have it works better than any other card I have tried. Congrats!!!
 
  


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