I've installed the base Arch system using the 0.7.2 disc. Before I install anything else I want to get my wireless connection setup, otherwise there's no point in continuing.
Hopefully you guys can help me out.
My card is a Netgear WG311T. It uses the Atheros chipset, so I need to install the Madwifi drivers. madwifi-ng 1497-1 is dependent on madwifi-ng-utils 1497-1 and sharutils 4.3.80-1.
This is what I've done so far:
I downloaded the three packages mentioned above. I then installed them in this order:
pacman -A sharutils 4.3.80-1.pkg.tar.gz pacman -A madwifi-ng-utils 1497-1.pkg.tar.gz pacman -A madwifi-ng 1497.pkg.tar.gz
After this I ran depmod and modprobe:
depmod -a modprobe ath_pci
I had to run depmod, otherwise modprobe couldn't see the ath_pci module.
After this I ran wlanconfig:
wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifo0 wlanmode sta
This returned this message:
wlanconfig: ioctl: No such device
From reading other posts, I found that this is not a serious problem. In fact, according to the ArchWiki Wireless Setup page, if you are installing madwifi drivers created after January 23, 2006 you don't even have to give that command. So I continued on with:
iwconfig ath0 essid skynet ifconfig ath0 up dhcpcd ath0
However, the dhcpd command doesn't work. It doesn't give me an IP address and it seems drop the interface on me as well.
In this post http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php? … ht=madwifi, which has been very helpful to me, Fractured Singleton experienced a simlar situation, but was able to get an IP by opening the KWifiManager, entering his ESSID and selecting the "Activate" button. I don't want to use KDE though. Anyone have any ideas on how to get an IP from my router? I would be interested in knowing why KWifiManager works and dhcpcd doesn't.
In an attempt to get somewhere despite the lack of DHCP, I set my IP Address manually with:
ifconfig ath0 192.168.1.47 netmask 255.255.255.0 up
And then added these lines to /etc/resolv.conf:
nameserver 126.96.36.199 nameserver 188.8.131.52
I have gathered together the results from running ifconfig and iwconfig. They are posted below. I really hope someone will tell me just what I have accomplished so far, like whether I am really connected to my router and what I need to do to achieve a working connection.
Thanks in advance.
lo no wireless extensions. wifi0 no wireless extensions. ath0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"skynet" Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:12:0E:10:31:43 Bit Rate:36 Mb/s Tx-Power:15 dBm Sensitivity=0/3 Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Power Management:off Link Quality=12/94 Signal level=-83 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm Rx invalid nwid:285 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0 eth0 no wireless extensions.
ath0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:09:5B:E7:1E:20 inet addr:192.168.1.47 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:45 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:5 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:5048 (4.9 Kb) TX bytes:318 (318.0 b) eth0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-02-3C-00-21-01-05-F7-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 inet addr:192.168.0.2 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b) lo Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0 UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 RX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:496 (496.0 b) TX bytes:496 (496.0 b) wifi0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-09-5B-E7-1E-20-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:5782 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:409 TX packets:109 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:199 RX bytes:447632 (437.1 Kb) TX bytes:5395 (5.2 Kb) Interrupt:10 Memory:e10e0000-e10f0000
have you tried looking here
i believe all you need will be there
on my card the modules are built into kernel (airo & airo_cs)
then i use the example for /etc/rc.conf
ath0="ath0 192.168.100.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.100.255" | ath0="dhcp" wlan_ath0="ath0 essid <your_essid> key <your_wep_key>" WLAN_INTERFACES=(ath0)
although my interface is eth1
Well, I got it.
I took a look at the information rayjgu3 gave me. I tried most of the things it said, and I found that putting the following code into rc.conf did not work for me.
ath0="ath0 192.168.1.47 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.1.255" wlan_ath0="ath0 essid skynet" WLAN_INTERFACES=(ath0)
Calling ifconfig and iwconfig showed that an IP was assigned, but there was no network traffic. When I typed the following commands:
ifconfig ath0 up iwconfig ath0 essid skynet
ifconfig and iwconfig showed network traffic on some of the connections. I was able to ping my router, so my wireless connection was established. I didn't feel like configuring ath0 manually every time I rebooted, so I opened /etc/rc.local and entered:
ifconfig ath0 up iwconfig ath0 essid skynet
I didn't use
because, as I said in my earlier post, it does not work for me. It seems that it doesn't work for anyone using madwifi?
Anyway, this caused no problems for me. I rebooted and I could still ping my router.
For my ISP I have to give an Account name and a Password, so I ran pppoe-setup. This is pretty straight-foward, I gave it my account name, password and DNS IP Addresses. If you configure your network the way I did it you need to enter ath0 when it asks for your interface. I didn't use a firewall and I used the default of no when it asked me if I wanted the link to come up on demand.
After I finished pppoe-setup I ran pppoe-start and was able to connect to the Internet.
So if you have a similar setup to mine and you follow my first post and this one, you should probably have some success.
Thanks for the help rayjgu3.
I have to say - perhaps the Wireless Setup page in ArchWiki needs to be updated a little? Because somethings didn't work at all. I think it'd be good if we could figure out why dhcpcd didn't work, for example. And some of the methods that were supposed to work didn't work at all. Which wouldn't be such a big deal except that it was presented in such a way that it looked like "you can do it this way, or this other way, it's up to you, both will work." As if they were the same thing, but they must not be or they would both have worked.[/b]