Posted on 2003-11-25
I have installed RedHat 8 (I believe kernel version: 2.4.18-14) onto my laptop. For this laptop I bought a pcmcia network pc card (LinkSys WPC11 v3) and have a LinkSys Wireless router. I am having trouble getting this network to work
The router works correctly for all my normal ethernet connections. Wireless is enabled with a specific SSID, channel 6 and WEP 128 bits enabled.
I read several articles on the internet on how to set the network and got it to work partly (at least that is what I seem to think). I did not use the linux-wlan-ng since RedHat 8 should be able to do it with minimum efforts (thatr's what I read, but I am new to Linux).
The steps I took:
- crerated a hermes.conf file including the manfid
- service pcmcia restart (I hear one beep when shutting down and two high beeps when starting)
- created a wireless network connection using the Network tool. In this configuration I saw the eth1 controller which I just added. I configured the wireless connection to Ad-Hoc mode, channel 6, the WEP key written out (please note that I did not use any seperators but copied the exact key from my router). I configured the connection to a static IP.
I restarted my machine and it gave me a message that Channel is out of range (0). Also the TX could not be bound to the BAP or something (don't have the exact error message here). Anyway, these errors could be due to the startup sequence (pcmcia is S24pcmcia), but that is what I read on the net so I cannot be totally sure.
After the machine has been started and I have logged in as 'root' I tried activating the new network connection. I activated like it should without problems.
Inside the terminal I then tried to ping my router, which could not be found.
When issueing cardctl ident I see that my network card has been identified as the one it should be.
After issueing /sbin/ifconfig I see that the eth1 network is running as well as eth0. The eth1 sends data, but never receives any.
After issueing /sbin/iwconfig I see that the connection with all settings I entered above were correctly initialized. The link quality is 0 however.
When looking into the modules currently loaded I do see the orinoco_cs and hermes running.
I also never see any lights flashing on my router.
I'm out of options, except for a possible linux-wlan install. But that install requires me to rebuilt Linux from source. I already gave it a small try, but I'm stuck after running make menuconfig and make dep.
Can anybody help me? If there is insufficient points for the help I am requesting I am wiling to put up more points.