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    Linksys Wireless on Gentoo


    This may not be in the right place, but I heard that most of the Gentoo WiFi install methods are different than other distros so I thought this belonged here.

    I have a Linksys 802.11B wireless reciever for my wireless router in the other room that I would like to set up. Does anyone have an HOWTO or a tip guide for this? And secondly, do I have to use ndiswrapper or Madwifi?

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    The Linksys WMP54GS? That's what I have.

    The answer is yes, you must use ndiswrapper.

    As for doing the installation, the Gentoo installation apparently doesn't support wireless Internet. Therefore, and I recommend this to EVERYONE, even those with wired connections, use the Knoppix install:

    http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/altinstall.xml#doc_chap3

    Knoppix has ndiswrapper, so just make sure that you have the Windows drivers available on a USB key or something. You will do the entire installation in a Terminal Window, but you can have Firefox open for looking at the docs, and Gaim to talk to friends.

    It's a happy install this way .

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    Dont know the exact Model, looks like a M41263215392.

    Also, I know that ndiswrapper has a gentoo ebuild, I am just looking for a setup HOW-TO

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    Ah.

    Well, you emerge ndiswrapper. Then, make sure that your .sys and .inf files (the Windows drivers) are in the same directory:

    Code:
    cd /path/to/directory
    ndiswrapper -i <FILE_NAME_NO_INF>
    ndiswrapper -l
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    iwconfig wlan0 essid <YOUR SSID HERE>
    iwconfig wlan0 key <YOUR WEP KEY HERE>    <-- Only if you use WEP encryption
    dhcpcd wlan0
    <FILE_NAME_NO_INF> is the name of your .inf file, minus the extension. For example, my file is bcmwl5.inf, I would use "bcmwl5".

    Also, after typing "ndiswrapper -l", you should see your hardware, and it should say "Hardware present, driver present" or something of that sort.


    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabhan
    Ah.

    Well, you emerge ndiswrapper. Then, make sure that your .sys and .inf files (the Windows drivers) are in the same directory:

    Code:
    cd /path/to/directory
    ndiswrapper -i <FILE_NAME_NO_INF>
    ndiswrapper -l
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    iwconfig wlan0 essid <YOUR SSID HERE>
    iwconfig wlan0 key <YOUR WEP KEY HERE>    <-- Only if you use WEP encryption
    dhcpcd wlan0
    <FILE_NAME_NO_INF> is the name of your .inf file, minus the extension. For example, my file is bcmwl5.inf, I would use "bcmwl5".

    Also, after typing "ndiswrapper -l", you should see your hardware, and it should say "Hardware present, driver present" or something of that sort.


    Hope that helps!
    Thanks!

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    I finally got some free time and I took a look in my driver folder. I see the .sys file (prismusb) but I dont see any .inf files. Anyone know whats up?

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    Seem to be getting some errors. I type in ndiswrapper -i netusb (its the .inf file) and I get this:

    Code:
    tux varean # ndiswrapper -i netusb
    netusb is already installed. Use -e to remove it
    However, when I do ndiswrapper -l, I get:

    Code:
    tux varean # ndiswrapper -l
    Installed ndis drivers&#58;
    netusb  invalid driver!
    I tried reinstalling it but I get the same message.

    Here is my driver folder, which contains my wireless stuff:

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    tux WUSB1126 # cd /home/varean/Net/WUSB1126/Drivers
    tux Drivers # ls
    netusb.cat  netusb.sys    netusbxp.sys  vnetusba.sys   winxp
    netusb.inf  netusb2k.cat  prismusb.sys  vnetusbxp.sys

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    Hrmm...

    I assume that your card is the WUSB1126?

    According to the ndiswrapper wiki, this is not a supported card.


    One issue is: are you using a 2.6 or 2.4 kernel? If the latter, that may have to do with the problem.

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    2.6 kernel. Do you know what wireless driver works with my card?

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    Hrmm...

    A Google search for "WUSB1126" reveals literally nothing.

    Could your card have any other name?

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