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Re: wireless network problems


I've been having trouble getting an orinoco gold card to work on my laptop with woody using the bf24 kernel. I'm a newbie and am thinking about taking the plunge and trying to compile a custom kernel. Does anyone have any recommendations for a kernel that would best support wireless networking with woody?



Andy Firman wrote:

eth1 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID: 1ecb13: Nickname: "Folger"
Mode: Managed   Frequency: 2.412GHz Access Point: 00:02:2D:1E:CB:13
Bit Rate=11Mb/s  Tx-Power=15dBm  Sensitivity:1/3  RTS thr:off
Fragment thr:2347B  Encryption key: off Link Quality:27/92 Signal level:
Noise level:-96dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0   Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag: 0
Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

When I run cardctl ident I get:

Socket 1:
           Product info: "Lucent Technologies", "Wavelan/IEEE",
"Version 01.01", ""
            function: 6 (network)

I'm wondering if my problem could simply be something to do with
permissions. I noticed that in one of your earlier messages you could
run cardctl at a $ prompt, but I had to be root. Same thing for
iwconfig. I added myself to the dialout and dip groups, but still can't
connect to the internet.

Looks like your card is seeing the access point.  Good.

What does ifconfig say?

You need to be root to run iwconfig, cardctl, and ifconfig.
I use sudo most of the time.

If you are not getting an IP from the AP, then you can try giving
yourself and IP manually such as:

ifconfig eth1

then do this:

route add default gateway

(assuming your RG is and you on a standard
private network

Then see if you can ping the AP.

Like I said before, the Orinoco cards did not work well for me until
I compiled a custom kernel.  This may be a bit of a challenge for you,
but once you learn how to do this....it will make things easier.


Debian is not easy for beginners.  But if you stick with it,
you will be happy in the future.

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