after some effort I managed to get my two wireless cards working:
Card (1) is a DWL 510 with Realtek 8180L chipset (802.11b pci)
Card (2) is a Ralink rt2500 (802.11g pcmcia)
Initially I wanted to get Card (1) up and running in a SuSE 9.2 PC connected to the Internet through standard PPP dialup. Then I wanted to set Card (2) up in a Dell laptop also running SuSE 9.2. The third thing was to set up an internal network using Ad-Hoc and if everything was still ok and not smoking, to route from Card (1) to Card (2) so I can access the Internet from the laptop too.
I managed to get both modules installed so that I can see both cards with iwconfig. Card (1) is configured (not through YAST) as wlan0 and Card (2) is configured as ra0 (also, not through YAST). With the iwconfig wlan0 mode Ad-Hoc command I changed the mode accordingly (likewise for ra0). I set the essid to my.wifi for both cards. Then I entered ifconfig wlan0 192.168.0.5 for wlan0 and ifconfig ra0 192.168.0.6 for ra0. With ifconfig I was able to check if both were working and they were. However, when I tried ping 192.168.0.6 from the PC, I got the standard network is unreachable error. The same happened the other way around (i.e. from the laptop). I booted into windows to check if the hardware was working and after fooling around with the settings, I was able to get a connection). Back in linux, the cards both blink away fine, but neither seems to know that there is another card in the same room (I even put the laptop right next to the pc to make sure that the connection was or should be 100%).
The two things that I would like to find out are
(a). How can I set my cards up so that I don't have to iwconfig wlan0 mode Ad-Hoc etc. every time I reboot
(cool.gif. What is wrong with my network - it must be simple - two wireless cards, no router, no wep - I just want the cards to say hello.
Would appreciate any help on this one.