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Old 04-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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rt61, wpa, slack 11, "and a partridge in a pear tree..."


Howdy folks,

I'm a slackware evangelist... I tell everyone i can that slack is the way to go... and i've never had it fail me... until now


i have a clean install of slack 11... i have a wireless card with the ralink rt61 chipset... it's detected at boot (according to dmesg) and the rt61 module is loaded (according to lsmod) cool, right!

here's the stupid question... are you ready?

where do i put the configuration? in the past, i've had wired ethernet cards and netconfig did it all for me!!! i know, i know... "don't rely on tools if you don't know what they're doing"

i am using the latest nightly build of the rt61 driver from serialmonkey (rt2x00.serialmonkey.com) and this driver is supposed to support WPA-TKIP encryption (which i have activated on my wireless network (apple airport extreme basestation) and to which both my apple ibook and sony psp can connect w/o a problem)... however,
Code:
man iwconfig
only seems to discuss WEP keys...

also, my routing tables are empty and i can't seem to set them up...

Code:
route add -net 10.0.1.0 ra0


any thoughts? need more info?

running ifconfig shows the card up and broadcasting but with no ip address...

i feel like a stupid n00b but... (btw, it was all up and running in kubuntu... but i wanted to be smart not easy!!!)

cheers... thanks in advance... etc!

Matt
 
Old 04-02-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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You can try the slackbook:
http://www.slackbook.org/html/book.h...ATION-WIRELESS

And also this thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...=540537&page=3

/etc/rc.d/rc.wireless.conf

is probably important

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Old 04-02-2007, 01:21 PM   #3
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This Wiki page of mine: slackware:rt2xxx although it talks about the rt2500 driver has all the relevant information that you need to setup your rt61 driven card with WPA.
My Slackware package for the rt61 driver ready to installpkg and use for those who visit this thread and need it can be downloaded here (SlackBuild script available too of course): http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/rt61/

Eric
 
Old 04-02-2007, 01:35 PM   #4
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sweeeeeet

ALIEN BOB

thanks man... this looks like just the info i need... i'm gonna try it when i get home!!! you rock, dude... if i have anymore issues (i'll get tissues... ha, ha... it's a joke, you see, cuz issues and tissues rhyme...) seriously (yeah right) if i have anymore issues i'll post back here)

cheers,

Matt

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Old 04-03-2007, 10:53 PM   #5
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grrrrrrrrr..........

so, it's not working... when i try to run
Code:
route add -net 10.0.1.255 ra0
i get

Code:
SIOCADDRT: Invalid argument
any thoughts?

EDIT: dmesg reads "Interface doesn't accept private ioctl..."

does this mean no WPA for me????

Last edited by mm0204; 04-03-2007 at 11:12 PM.
 
Old 04-03-2007, 11:37 PM   #6
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That last one sounds eerily familiar (atheros based card though) - double check that the kernel module is loaded.
 
Old 04-04-2007, 08:19 PM   #7
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how can i tell if my rt61sta.dat file is binary? it's the wierdest thing.... the module is loading, ifconfig shows the interface up and with the ip address i requested but iwconfig shows key=off... i'm afraid i may have inadvertently converted it to a text file... when i run "file -i" it shows "ascii" and "plain text" so i thought perhaps that was the problem, but the sample file that was in the tar.gz gives the same result... this is really starting to irritate me...
 
Old 04-05-2007, 02:10 AM   #8
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but there is no hard line distinction between binary and plain text files, in reality they are all binary

You could try "most rt61sta.dat" - a bunch of garbage on the screen means it's not a plain text script (and thus presumably binary)!

also a quick scan of route's man pages reveals the following command syntax
Code:
route add -net 224.0.0.0 netmask 240.0.0.0 dev eth0
that's probably the one you're looking for =)
 
Old 04-05-2007, 08:30 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GamerX
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but there is no hard line distinction between binary and plain text files, in reality they are all binary
true... however, the documentation for the rt61 driver says to edit the file using
vi -b command to preserve it as a binary file... the file is read by the driver when it is loaded...
 
Old 04-05-2007, 10:37 AM   #10
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***resolved***

i can be such a freakin n00b sometimes... computers are dumb, they only do what we tell them to do, right?

here was the issue... don't laugh and call me names, ok?

base station reports essid as "mkemcgraw"
in the rt61sta.dat file i had essid="MKEMCGRAW"



i will now do fifty "hail linus" as i bow toward silicon valley

peace and thanks to all who tried to help me... i feel like a lost cause

Matt
 
  


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