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    Wireless Help please

    Hi everyone,

    Well amongst my problems now is that my wife somehow broke the dongle on the network card in the laptop. So I decide that this would be a good time to upgrade the laptop to wireless... I however cannot seem to get the card to work. I think I'm kinda getting caught up in jargon too, I'm not too familiar with wireless terms yet. So anyway I need to get a Linksys WPC11 v.4 card working on a RH8 system. I downloaded some RPMs from this sitesite Please if you have somethingelse that I can do/use PLEASE let me know. I am in DESPERATE need of help.

    Thanx,
    Ryan

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    Re:Wireless Help please

    Well I tried that site and a couple of others, they jump around too much and I can't keep it straight :'( I feel like an idiot. Anyway I think my only solution is to try and upgrade to 9.0... I hope the upgrade goes well, if not I'm gonna lose my web work, however minimal it was Its not really that big of a deal no REAL work lost... but I woud REALLY like to get this netwok card working. I'm going to bring it in to work tomorrow so that I can work on it (At least it will give me something to do.) I may have to go to Drake 9.1 some one said in my searching that this card worked out of the box with the latest Drake... I would hate to switch distro's just becuase of a network card.

    The one thing I keep forgetting about is that even if I do get it to work at work How will I know? It's not like I'll be in my home network to see if the connection will work. Hey good news is that hopefully I'll get a PET out of this!!! YEAH!!

    Thanx,
    Ryan

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    Re:Wireless Help please

    What does your dmesg say about this hardware?

    As for the wireless jargon, what are you confused about? If dmesg shows that the card is being identified, and set for a specific device, then all you are lacking is configuration (channel/frequency, network ID, station mode, [WEP keys], IP addy, and gateway.

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    Re:Wireless Help please

    [quote author=Kernel_Killer link=board=1;threadid=7383;start=0#msg67970 date=1058157921]
    What does your dmesg say about this hardware?

    As for the wireless jargon, what are you confused about? If dmesg shows that the card is being identified, and set for a specific device, then all you are lacking is configuration (channel/frequency, network ID, station mode, [WEP keys], IP addy, and gateway.
    [/quote]

    Well to answer your question I think all I need now is help configuring everything! Cuz I think I got it to initialize. Now all I need to know how to write the necessary scripts and where to put them, I could definately use some help with that too!! ;D ;D Please please please.

    Anyway my problem was that it isn't a prismII based card anymore. It is a Realtek based card now... And Realtek's site has drivers on it for d/l (thanx to the shrike mailing list for the link!!). So I can get it up and running (kinda) the test will be when I get home and test it with my network

    PS dmesg says this about the card now:
    ******** RTL8180 Wireless Lan Driver 2003-06-11 loaded********
    PCI: Setting latency timer of device 01:00.0 to 64
    RTL8180: 01:00.0: region #0 IS a PIO resource!
    RTL8180: request_region(0x00004000,0x00000100) !
    RTL8180: chip_version = RTL_CHIP_VERSION_B
    RTL8180: STA is NOT acting as AP!
    RTL8180: LITTLE_ENDIAN memory access
    RTL8180: station mode eeprom info
    RTL8180: EEpromAddressSize = 8!
    RTL8180: eepromID = 0x8129
    RTL8180: EEPROMVersion = 0x0102
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 0 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 1 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 2 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 3 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 4 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 5 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 6 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 7 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 8 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 9 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 10 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 11 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 12 = 0x24
    RTL8180: Tx Power Level, channel 13 = 0x24
    RTL8180: ChannelPlan = 0x0000
    RTL8180: RFChipID = 0x0004
    RTL8180: EEPROMVersion > 0x0101
    RTL8180: AntennaDiversity = TRUE
    RTL8180: CSThreshold = 0x000a
    RTL8180: DigitalPhy = TRUE
    RTL8180: DefaultAntennaB = FALSE
    RTL8180: CSMethod = RCR_EnCS1
    divert: allocating divert_blk for wlan0
    RTL8180: wlan driver loaded. ioaddr=0x4000, irq=11, MAC_addr=0:6:25:2e:bd:5c
    RTL8180: Use RTL private command [ssid2scan]
    RTL8180: Use RTL private command [networktype]
    RTL8180: ------ Enable wlan driver ------
    RTL8180: Enable wlan driver version 1.2
    RTL8180: wireless LAN controller RTL8180 + MAXIM RF.
    RTL8180: MAXIM_Config()
    RTL8180: ENABLE_RTL_DCST
    RTL8180: Set dot11PrivacyInvoked = 0.
    RTL8180: encryptmode = RTL_ENC_NONE
    RTL8180: wepkeymode = WEP_MODE_OFF
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 1
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 2
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 3
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 4
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 5
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 6
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 7
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 8
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 9
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 10
    RTL8180: Scan PHY channel number = 11
    RTL8180: Neither joining a BSS or starting an IBSS
    RTL8180: ------ Disable wlan driver ------
    divert: freeing divert_blk for wlan0
    RTL8180: release_region(0x00004000,0x00000100) !
    RTL8180: wlan driver removed
    ******** RTL8180 Wireless Lan Driver 2003-06-11 removed ********

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    Re:Wireless Help please

    ipconfig wlan0 inet <ipaddress to use>
    route add default gw <access point IP>

    I'm not sure about the wireless control app you are using. Just make sure your SSID is set to the AP's network name, that your wifi card is set to BSS mode, and that it's set to the channel that the AP is using. If you are using WEP keys, you will want to add that too.

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