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killi 04-20-2003 05:05 AM

Help with w-lan on slack 9.0
Is there anyone that can give me a howto guide or link to a page where there is a guide about w-lan setup

Beacause i trie to set up a server but i have to configure the w-lan card (its a belkin pci adapted pcmcia card)
I looked at the guide in /etc/pcmcia wireless.opt but i didnt understand please help fast...

Excalibur 04-20-2003 08:02 AM

If the pcmcia card is inserted into a PCI adapter then treat it as PCI card. Try running netconfig and let it proble for a NIC and see if locates it.

killi 04-20-2003 03:14 PM

i tried but when it probed it just found my other networkcard

Excalibur 04-20-2003 03:39 PM

Well, it is just a guess but you could try "modprobe ne2k-pci" to load the PCI NE2000 driver generic driver. Use "cat /proc/net/dev" to see if you have another eth interface available.

For the list of available driver modules view the directory /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net and there is also a pcmcia directory below that.

Other modules that are popular common interfaces are 8139cp, 8139too, tulip, and natsemi. Perhaps one of them will work.

I suppose the PCI card is also a pcmcia interface adapter that could really hold anything. So you might want to make sure the pcmcia services are loaded. This is usually done through the /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia script if enabled.

I think you also mentioned wireless, there is a directory for wireless modules as well under the drivers/net tree you want to review and attempt to load. If none of them work then it may be that the card does not have Linux support. But you can do a search on and use the model number of the PCMCIA lan card and see if any info is reported on the driver availablility and/or usage.

killi 04-20-2003 04:28 PM

iwe found the w-lan before with iwconfig

but the problem is configuring it

Excalibur 04-20-2003 04:41 PM

I hope that somebody else is able to help or maybe you should visit the network forum. I did not even know there was an "iwconfig" until you mentioned it. It does have a man page. (man iwconfig) Sorry that I couldn't of been more help.

The cost of the equipment is coming down to where i have been considering an investment for some wireless stuff but I haven't as yet.

killi 04-21-2003 04:33 AM


can anyone else help

finegan 04-21-2003 10:30 PM

First off is to find out what actual chipset and drivers run the Belkin PLX combo card. Its probably just another prism2 chipset plus PLX adapter, but it might be something else unique, bizarre, and annoying. Try this:

modprobe orinoco_plx

Then muck about with the wireless settings with "iwconfig" (the man page is pretty solid), and "ifconfig" to bring the card up.

If that doesn't hork errors, then it bound to the card, post back with the last 12 or so lines of the command:


If it does hork, post back with the output of /sbin/lspci

Do you just want this machine as another crate on the network? Or did you want to do something funky with it like have it run as an AP for the rest of the house?



killi 04-22-2003 04:13 AM

il want to try red hat first and see id that is any better but if its not il switch back to slackware

killi 04-22-2003 04:48 AM

i go for slack installing it now after that il try out the things you said

killi 04-22-2003 05:34 AM

heres some of the output of dmseg:
orinco_plx local interrupt already enabled
detected orinco/prism2 plx device at 00:09.0 irq:11, io addr:0x6200
eth1: staion identity 001f:0003:0000:0008
eth1: looks like an intersil firmware version 0.08
eth1: ad-hoc demo mode supported
eth1: ieee standard ibss ad-hoc mode supported
eth1: wep supported 104-bit key
eth1: mac adress 00:30:bd:60:fd:d4
eth1: station name "prism I"
eth1: ready

killi 04-22-2003 05:37 AM

i want this machine to share an internett conection and maybe a burn server but before i think of that i want to now linux a bit more than i do now

finegan 04-22-2003 05:47 PM

It found the card, it bound the module, you're fine now...

ifconfig eth1 up
iwconfig eth1 essid nameofwirelessnetwork
iwconfig eth1 enc 21321321321
dhcpcd eth1

There you go... you can add the line:

/sbin/modprobe orinoco_plx

to /etc/rc.d/rc.modules

and then edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 with the appropriate local area network settings...



killi 04-23-2003 11:37 AM

ok but the enc thing is that encryption because we dont have encryption enabled

killi 04-23-2003 11:52 AM

do i need to insert the modprobe thing it found the card without it

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