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Re: squeeze on desktop with Atheros wifi - not accessing wifi

On Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:14:23 +0000, Sian Mountbatten wrote:

> On Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:20:02 +0100, Camaleón wrote:
>> On Tue, 01 Nov 2011 11:39:15 +0000, Sian Mountbatten wrote:
>>> I have installed Debian squeeze on /dev/sda1, but the kernel does not
>>> pick up the Atheros wlan0 wifi card.
>> What you mean by "pick up"?

> It does not recognise the card. I used to use madwifi on my Lenny
> system.

Hum... let's see.
>> That the card not detected by the system ("lspci" or "lsusb" will tell)
>> or that is not configured (see below)?

> lspci gives
> ---------------------------------------------- 
> 03:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212/AR5213
> Multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor (rev 01)
> ----------------------------------------------

If that's the wifi device then it is detected and recognized.

>>> Ubuntu 11.10 with a 3.0.0-12-generic kernel picks up the wifi,
>>> identifies the default wifi network, asks for a password and then it
>>> opens the wifi network.
>> Squeeze does not ships a kernel with closed firmware blob¹. If you card
>> needs such file (the firmware) you will have to download manually.
>> "dmesg" will tell you more about the wifi card issue.

> dmesg gives
>  ath5k phy0: Atheros AR2414 chip found (MAC: 0x79, PHY: 0x45)
> [

So your card is supported by ath5k kernel module. Good. Then you can 
follow the instructions:


>> OTOH, Squeeze has an additional hitch with wifi devices: they are
>> unmanaged by NM when the adapter is listed in "/etc/network/interfaces"
>> with the default config setup, so this is another thing to check².

> /etc/interfaces contains
> ----------------------------------
> allow-hotplug wlan0
> iface wlan0 inet static


Then the interface will be not managed by NM by default but this does not 
mean the card is not working, it should work although it is not visible 
in NM applet. You can change this by following the advice provided in the 
aforementioned links.



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