Re: Wireless setup
Peter Hicks <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I have the same SMC card as you do, I have had success with both the
>kernel Hermes drivers, as well as the linux-wlan-ng drivers. I have
>found that the linux-wlan drivers work a little better, though. I can
>give you a step by step to get them running.
Thanks for the info.
Turns out that my installation seems to have everything I needed, although
it's not working very well.
I spent another hour reading more about wireless and what I'd need to do to
compile my kernel and then I decided to just try duplicating my eth0 setup
as eth1 in /etc/network/interfaces and then ran:
# ifdown eth0 && ifup eth1
and it started working right away. Plugging in the card now enables the
interface on eth1 (the wireless), so now I just need to figure out how to
adjust the /etc/pcmcia scripts to bring down eth0 when eth1 goes up, and
how to deal with DHCP when away from my lan.
But the *big* problem now is speed. Downloading on my wired lan (on my
DSL) I get about 80K/second, but the wireless card downloading the same
file gets only about 10K/second. I can't see any problems.
Syslog/messages doesn't show anything odd, and iwconfig and ifconfig look
Any ideas? Rebooting into Windows and the card downloads at my DSL speed
limit. I'm only a foot from the access point. And when it's downloading
over the wireless my ssh connections into the laptop from my linux desktop
can hardly squeeze in a packet.
eth1 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"WLAN" Nickname:"Prism I"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462GHz Access Point: 00:90:D1:01:0C:CC
Bit Rate:11Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm Sensitivity:1/3
Retry min limit:8 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality:69/92 Signal level:-33 dBm Noise level:-149 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:E0:29:9E:80:5E
inet addr:192.168.0.3 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:13415 errors:71 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:71
TX packets:7525 errors:191 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:19454484 (18.5 MiB) TX bytes:1012932 (989.1 KiB)
Interrupt:3 Base address:0x100
I guess there's a few errors in there, but not enough to make it run so slow.
Module Size Used by Not tainted
orinoco_cs 4712 2
orinoco 29568 0 [orinoco_cs]
hermes 3296 0 [orinoco_cs orinoco]
ds 6624 2 [orinoco_cs]
i82365 22416 2
pcmcia_core 41440 0 [orinoco_cs ds i82365]
apm 9180 2 (autoclean)
eepro100 17264 1
keybdev 1664 0 (unused)
usbkbd 2816 0 (unused)
usb-uhci 20708 0 (unused)
usbcore 48128 0 [usbkbd usb-uhci]
Interesting (or not) to note that once I swap interfaces on the laptop that
my other linux machines can reconnect to the laptop but my windows machine
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