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Old 11-09-2004, 05:38 PM   #1
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SuSE 9.2 Wifi networking (what else is new?)

I won't rail about how dissapointed I am in Suse 9.2 after paying $90 for it and calling their support number a number of times. (opps I did it again)


I am using 9.2 on a Dell latitude with a netgear 511T wifi card.

The wifi manager shows the signal strength and access point name and even the IP address. Yet i get little or no functionality (opera, firefox, mozillia, Konquerer). I've cheched and changed the proxy nine ways to sunday.

any ideas what could cause this? Wired is no problem.

Old 11-09-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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I had trouble with 9.1 on my home wireless network (but not on some) so perhaps you need to add what I did from a posting I found shown below. What I had to add was:


in my configuration file. Not sure if the following will help but I know it can be a bit frustrating!

This works with SUSE 9.1:

1. configure orinoco card under Yast.
2. set it up as a regular ethernet card. Since there's one ethernet card already built-in on my laptop, I used ethernet 1.
[it won't work if you set it up as a regular wireless card]
3. cd /etc/sysconfig/network
4. edit ifcfg-eth1 file (the wireless card configuration you just set up.).
5. delete all contents of that file.

Add the following contents to the empty file --note you need to change entry WIRELESS_ESSID='usdpublic' to own network:


6. Restart wireless card.
ifdown eth1 && ifup eth1

... If you start up the firewall in SuSE 9.0, the load order will be reset. You will need to re-configure using the steps below [from somewhere in the wireless subforum]
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I have one question, how can I configure my linksys card in Yast2 to read it as an ethernet card, instead of a wireless card.

My yast2 is picking up 2 cards

Linksys RTL8180L 802.11b MAC
Configured with DHCP


Sony RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
Configured with DHCP

when I go to configure my RealTek hardware it doesn't give me an option to treat it as a eth1 card.

Please help.
Old 12-06-2004, 02:02 AM   #4
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To summarize the problem. You computer is trying to use the wired card for connection to the network, and never even tries the wireless (which IMHO is simply stupid. If there are multiple network paths, it really should try all paths until it finds one that works).

I simply configured my wired card to 'manual start' using Yast. This way the default card is my wireless.

Old 12-06-2004, 10:03 AM   #5
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You may also get some additional help at the site below:

From the SuSE manual-
...Multiple Network Devices

Modern laptops usually have a network card and a WLAN card. If you configured both devices with DHCP (automatic address assignment), you may encounter problems with the name resolution and the default gateway. This is evident from the fact that you can ping the router but cannot surf the Internet. The Support Database at features an article on this subject. To find the article, enter DHCP in the search dialog.


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