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RE: ndiswrapper and wireless on Inspiron 5160 : installation and some questions

Hello, I just installed a linksys on a desktop, I had got the same ipv6 
problem... I'm not sure it is gonna work in your case, for I installed in 
Fedora (it was not my machine). So, I'll tell you what I did in Fedora and you 
put it in Debian (to make the translation, check 

I did not have to define an essid, it gets all automaticaly, BUT I had to 
create a ifcfg-wlan0 file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts. (neither of these 
exist in debian, but the page above will tell you where to put the info).

This file had:

I had already got everything from my access point. Then,

ifconfig wlan0 up


dhclient wlan0

this is where the file above comes to the scene. With that file, dhclient gets 
you an ipv4 address, otherwise you'll get that no ipv6 routers present error 

hope I helped somehow... sorry, but I got no experience with wireless in 

>Okay, that is all fine, or so it seems to me. Then I listed the
>interfaces with iwconfig and it includes:
>wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:off/any
>           Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point:
>           Bit Rate:54 Mb/s   Tx-Power:25 dBm
>           RTS thr:2347 B   Fragment thr:2346 B
>           Encryption key:off
>           Power Management:off
>           Link Quality:100/100  Signal level:-10 dBm  Noise level:-256 dBm
>           Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
>           Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:15   Missed beacon:0
>So looks like the wireless card is being seen. I don't have a wireless
>network here where I am trying to get the wireles card working, but I
>sometimes see this:
>#> iwlist wlan0 scan
>wlan0     Scan completed :
>           Cell 01 - Address: 00:02:6F:08:51:22
>                     ESSID:"TadaaWireless"
>                     Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
>                     Mode:Managed
>                     Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
>                     Quality:0/100  Signal level:-86 dBm  Noise
>level:-256 dBm
>                     Encryption key:off
>                     Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
>                     Bit Rate:2 Mb/s
>                     Bit Rate:5.5 Mb/s
>                     Bit Rate:11 Mb/s
>                     Extra:bcn_int=100
>                     Extra:atim=0
>And dmesg says:
>ndiswrapper version 0.11 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=yes)
>ndiswrapper: using irq 18
>wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:0b:7d:08:25:9d using driver bcmwl5a
>wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP, WPA with TKIP, AES/CCMP
>ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5a (Broadcom,06/25/2004, added
>ndiswrapper (iw_set_encr:685): key 1 is not set
>wlan0: no IPv6 routers present
>But I am not sure how to get the ESSID info into the card. I have tried
>this in /etc/network/interfaces:
>iface wlan0 inet dhcp
>         name Wireless LAN card
>         wireless_essid Sunny
>         wireless_channel 6
>         wireless_key 0a1b2c3d4e
>But iwconfig still does not show the ESSID of "Sunny"? What am I missing

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