So after days and days of researching and fiddling around and still no wireless, I figured it's about time I should simply ask and see if I can get it to work.
Let me start with short summary of my dilenma:
The computer I have is a Dell Inspiron 8200 with P4M 2.2Mhz CPU, 756MB RAM, nVidia GeForce4 440 Go with 64MB RAM, 40G HD laptop, dual-booting with WinXP (wireless works on XP, and I need this connection for studies and research. Windows resides on my HD only because of that). I use a D-Link DWL-650+ AirPlus card (yes, not so Linux friendly card, I know ), works perfectly fine on Windows, and ndiswrapper installs the driver and hardware is detected on Arch. Installation, modprobe have been already done, and iwconfig tells me
lo no wireless extensions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:"IHTTIWIFI"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.442GHz Access Point: 00:80:C8:17:2C:44
Bit Rate:22Mb/s Tx-Power:0 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
RTS thr:4096 B Fragment thr:4095 B
Encryption key:A720-B32C-03 Security mode:open
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-65 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
The key, mode and security mode were put in by me, ESSID, AP and others were picked up by the card. So the card is scanning and picks up the signal. iwlist wlan0 scan shows:
[root@Brahms ndiswrapper-0.10]# iwlist wlan0 scan
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:80:C8:17:2C:44
Quality:0/100 Signal level:71/154 Noise level:0/154
All is good so far, so I do "ifconfig wlan0 up" and this shows up:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:08:74:3E:89:54
inet addr:10.0.2.25 Bcast:10.0.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0
inet6 addr: fe80::208:74ff:fe3e:8954/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:4081 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:1 frame:0
TX packets:1217 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:1191108 (1.1 Mb) TX bytes:161197 (157.4 Kb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xec80
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:500 (500.0 b) TX bytes:500 (500.0 b)
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:80:C8:18:7A:E0
inet6 addr: fe80::280:c8ff:fe18:7ae0/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:2669 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:5 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:266188 (259.9 Kb) TX bytes:378 (378.0 b)
Looks okay. So I kill the eth0 connection, and try to ping, I get:
Okay...So I suppose even though the card picks up the signal, it's not connected, right? /etc/rc.d/network start (or restart for that matter) comes up "fail". I am lost at this point. Probably some configuration error somewhere but I don't know much about networking and I've been trying different things, check the web for clue, but so far nothing worked. While trying to connect through wireless, no firewall was used.
If someone could point me to the right direction, I would really appreciate it. Not all things iwconfig and ifconfig make sense to me really. At one point, I got so discouraged, I was contemplating on installing Mandrake again (I'm still a newbie though. I used Mandrake 10 Official for a couple of weeks back in June, and then moved to Arch, getting my hands dirty. It has been a wonderful experience for me so far )
Before it gets too long, I would like to thank you in advance
p.s. What are those TX/RX Packets errors?! I suppose...errors, eh?
Those errors occur when the WEP key is wrong, or there is noise causing trouble. Don't the HostAP drivers work with that card? I'd give those a shot first.
Notice how the eth0 section has this line 'inet addr:10.0.2.25 Bcast:10.0.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0'?
You never give your wlan0 device an inet address, so it doesn't know how to use it to access your network. You probably also don't have a default route for it.
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I use DWL-650 with ndiswrapper. Check your route and your IP settings (as Xentac says).
The trouble is not the WEP key because the card finds the ESSID: "IHTTIWIFI".
The card works perfect for me except for one thing:
The link quality, signal level and noise level don't monitor enything. Link quality is allways 100%, signal level is always -60dBm, Noise Level is allways -256dBm
Is there a way to make this monitors work?
I'm very sorry for the late reply! First of all, thank you so much for the pointers.
Just today, I finally got it to work. I have been busy and I was actually away from computer for a couple of weeks, finally got around to get some going. I've copied and pasted the default gw, inet addr and so on from my Windows wireless configuration program, and talaan! It worked
Thank you so much.