[SOLVED] Re: ndiswrapper and wireless on Inspiron 5160 : installation and some questions
Okay, after installing ndiswrapper, the problem was I wasn't able to
connect to the network. Theee sites help me:
1) Booted into linux and made sure ndiswrapper was loaded by "$> lsmod |
2) Did "ifconfig wlan0" to see the device was being seen.
3) Did "iwconfig wlan0" to see the device's status. The ap was 000..0,
encryption was off, essid was off/any.
4) I made the wireless router open, no encryption.
5) killed waproamd "/etc/init.d/waproamd stop" <-- not sure why, but it
could have helped. not familiar with waproamd yet.
6) set up wlan0:
$> iwconfig wlan0 essid "ssid string here"
$> iwconfig wlan0 key open <-- IIRC
7) Then did "iwconfig" and it was showing me the ap' hardware address.
8) Did "ifup wlan0" and it obtained an address from the DHCP server.
9) Switched off the wlan (ifdown wlan0), put encryption and restarted
the router. Then did "rmmode ndiswrapper" which killed all the eaerlier
setting and did "modprobe ndiswrapper" to get the card back.
10) Did the command as in (6) and also:
$> iwconfig wlan0 key open <keyhere>
11) Then did "ifconfig wlan0" and was able to get the ip address again.
Hopefully this help somebody else. If you have an questions or if you
think I have missed something above (quite possible), feel free to ask.
BTW, I am now using the 0.11 version of ndiswrapper source from their
Howeve, for some curious reason, "iwlist wlan0 scan" was showing the
network I was in but the "Quality=0/100"! Not sure why.
BTW, right after this, I then continued on to help set up a DWL-G520
wireless PCI card on my friend's computer who is running FC2 kernel
2.6.8. It took some work since it's been some time since I played with
RedHat's ifcfg-eth? scripts. We used madwifi to setup his wireless card.
But in his case, "iwlist ath0 scan" showed distinct number in
"Quality=65/96" or something like this for the same network I tested my
laptop in using ndiswrapper. Now why would that be?
Apparently, _ntr_, on 23/10/04 19:18,typed:
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
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
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
Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
Quality:0/100 Signal level:-86 dBm Noise
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
Bit Rate:2 Mb/s
Bit Rate:5.5 Mb/s
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s
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, 188.8.131.52) 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
But iwconfig still does not show the ESSID of "Sunny"? What am I missing