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laptop wifi from scratch - almost
Distro - Debian
Wireless card - Microsoft(What?! you say) MN520 (I know it works it did in Fedora FC3)
Kernel - 2.6.12-2
The kernel has been compiled for PCMCIA after which the lights on the card came on.
An iwconfig returns " no wireless extension".
I want to learn how to do this correctly so is there a step by step guide to do this. Generic steps to take. I have had a hard time googling this and everything from Debian seems ancient. This wireless stuff to me is akin to F'n Black Magic and I want to know what is going on."If you are out to describe the truth leave elegance to the tailor."
I think that card has a Prism II chipset, so you'll need to get the driver for that first. You'll need to create a network config script for it in /etc/sysconfig/network, for example if after the driver is loaded the device is wlan0, you'll need to build a config file called ifcfg-wlan0. I've only ever done this through mandrake so just giving you an idea. If you get your driver loaded I'll post a copy of my old config file and you can check it out and modify for your needs.
Well this is what I have done so far:
1) Put the following in /etc/pcmcia/config
card "Microsoft Wireless Notebook Adapter MN-520 1.0.3"
version "Microsoft", "Wireless Notebook Adapter MN-520", "", "1.0.3"
iface eth2 inet dhcp
IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID "Earth" Nickname "Prism I"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: "myActualAPMAC"
Bit Rate 11MB/s Tx-Power=15 dBm Sensitivity: 1/3
Retry min limit:8 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=90/92 Signal Level=1/153 Noise Level=111/153
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:206 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0"If you are out to describe the truth leave elegance to the tailor."