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Re: iBook (dual USB 2001) + airport = !@#$!@#%@#$

Jesse Andrews wrote:
I am writing in a vain attempt to finally get my airport card to work under debianppc on my new ibook. I know the hardware works (under mac os 9, x) and I know all the information for my WAP - ssid "jesse" ...

I am using the 2.4.8 kernel.

My WAP does NAT with being the WAP's address, and the gateway, ...
My static ip for the built-in wired port is (eth0)
my static ip for the airport wireless is (eth1)

Simple, simply use 2 different networks for the 2 different cards, eg. network on eth0 (netmask network on eth1 (netmask

Otherwise how do you expect the system to tell which interface it should use when pinging on the network ?

BTW, this is a question for debian-users, not debian-powerpc, there's probably nothing wrong with your hardware, or config.

ping works when eth0 is up.
ping doesn't when eth1 is in use :(

Some funny things:
My WAP reports that its mac address is xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:31 while iwconfig says that it is xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:32. Ok, that could be a major problem, but I don't know....

I initialize the airport doing:
	modprobe airport
ifup eth1
and my /etc/network/interfaces has:
iface eth1 inet static address netmask network broadcast up route add default gw

iwconfig eth1 reports:
eth1      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:"jesse"  Nickname:"blah"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437GHz  Access Point: 00:50:18:06:96:32
          Bit Rate=11Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:3/3
          Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:23/92  Signal level:-72 dBm  Noise level:-95 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0

	(notice low link quality, signal level, and noise level)

cat /proc/network/wireless
	Inter-| sta-|   Quality        |   Discarded packets
	 face | tus | link level noise |  nwid  crypt   misc
	  eth1: 0000   22.  183.  161.       0      0      0

	(notice the signal, noise are now high!)

when I try to ping with just my airport enabled, it adds some bytes to TX in ifconfig (like normal) but so far I have transfered 26.6Kb via mostly pinging and the RX is only 738b and no ping has EVER been sucessful.

I have check the ssid on the WAP and it is "jesse" (with the case being that). I don't have WEP enabled (no use until I get normal working!)...
ifconfig eth1
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:30:65:1B:3F:6A
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:3 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:178 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          RX bytes:738 (738.0 b)  TX bytes:27340 (26.6 Kb)
          Interrupt:57 Base address:0xc000

Module                  Size  Used by
airport                 3072   1
orinoco                32304   0  [airport]
hermes                  5328   0  [airport orinoco]
af_packet              15744   0  (autoclean)
unix                   19488  98  (autoclean)

I know my WAP uses channel 6.  but doing
iwconfig eth1 channel 6 gives:
SIOCSIWFREQ: Operation not supported using auto or 2Mbps for the rate doesn't help.... I read something somewhere about hermes.conf file... This may only be for compiling, but I did a search find / | grep hermes.conf and it turned up nothing.

I disconnected eth0 and ifconfig eth0 down and then brought up eth1 (airport) and pinged the WAP ( and with the WAP 6 inches from my box the WLAN led (wireless activity light) never blinked!!!!!!


Anyone know anything that can help?

Jesse Andrews

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