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Re: Problems With Atheros Based Wireless Cards



Try a wireless bridge, it's affordable and with a wireless bridge, as long as you have a working ethernet card that works under linux (and it should automatically in most cases) you can access your wireless network since a wireless bridge connects through your ethernet card and does all the wireless communications for you (and the one I'm going to link to I've used with linux and it works great, should work out of the box...but don't worry, if your network has a setup like static IPs the device has a web based administration interface for configurating such setups and a comprehensive manual to boot), here's the wireless bridge I recommend getting: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50556000&pfp=srch1

On 3/29/06, Gerry Tool <gstool earthlink net> wrote:
Brian Truter wrote:


On 3/29/06, Jeffrey D. Yuille <jeffy5 optonline net > wrote:
On Wed, 2006-03-29 at 10:31 -0600, Gerry Tool wrote:

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> No, the Madwifi drivers are "Madwifi-old" or just "Madwifi", I
> believe. Also, when I try to configure the card in Gnome, I come to a
> place that says, "other wireless cards". In FC5, unlike in FC4, it
> gives no name of the chipset to indicate that it even recognizes that
> the card is present. Also, when FC4 was installed, all I had to do
> was install the kernel modules and drivers and my system would
> recognize the card.
I'm really sorry to read this thread. I have given up on ndiswrapper
with my Linksys WPC54G Cardbus adapter since it freezes the system if I
have encryption enabled - works without encryption, but that isn't
adequate. So, I bought a madwifi supported Netgear 511T card on e-bay
(don't have it yet) expecting it to work correctly from previous posts
about wireless networking.

It seems to me that wireless networking has regressed tremendously
between FC4 and FC5. There have been many posts on this list about a
variety of cards that no longer work and people having many problems
getting those that do work to do so.

I wonder what kind of bugzilla report to make to get someone's attention
about this host of problems.

Gerry


     You know, Gerry, you're right about that.  For that reason, I switched back to FC4 from FC5.  Until they can iron out the bugs, I cannot afford to use FC5 due to the fact that I have so much invested in the wireless cards I do have.  At least FC4 works without a hitch because it is a more mature OS.  But that's only because it has had time for the bugs to be worked out of them.  I am sure that this will be the case with FC5 over time. 

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Madwifi-old and madwifi-ng both work fine for me on FC5, but not without some issues. The interface is not brought up automatically on boot anymore. I have checked my old configuration, uninstalled and re-installed, nothing seems to get it working again. NetworkManager doesnt seem to work anymore, the only way I can bring the interface up anymore is thru the command line, so i had to resort to shell scripts.

Something in FC5 has definately changed as far as wireless goes, and not for the better.

Well, I received my Netgear WG511T card today and yum installed madwifi from livna.  The install included the new kernel,
2.6.16-1.2080_FC5 for compatibility.  I rebooted to the new kernel, configured the wireless card according to the instructions on the madwifi wiki, and IT WORKED.  Per haps the new kernel will fix some of the other wireless problems? 

Gerry

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