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Wireless Network Cards in Linux
This is my guide on how to get wireless network cards to work in linux even if they don't have linux drivers. This guide should work for most cards under most distros. For this tutorial I am using Fedora Core 5 with a Netgear WG511v2.
ONE OF THE MAIN PROBLEMS THAT PEOPLE HAVE IS THAT THEY ARE IN THE WRONG ACCOUNT. BEFORE YOU START ANY OF THIS MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE LOGGED INTO THE root ACCOUNT!
First you will need to prepare for installing ndiswrapper and your network card. First you will need to get Windows XP drivers for your wireless network card. If you are using a Netgear WG511v2 like I was then you can get the drivers from here or from you installation cd. The drivers from the link before are on my server so if they don't work then my server is not on which probably means my computer is off, if this is the case then wait till it is back on or find the drivers yourself. Now this is very important, copy the directory with all the driver files in it to / and rename the folderCode:
You can download ndiswrapper from http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/n...ar.gz?download and choosing the mirror that is closest to you. Once you have downloaded the file move it to the / directory.
To install ndiswrapper you will need the kernel source. If you have never heard of this before then you wont have it so you will need to download it. This is easy. Make sure that you have updated you kernel and then go into terminal and typeCode:
ln -s /usr/src/linux-<kernel-version> /lib/modules/KERNELVERSION/build
Go to / where you moved the ndiswrapper download to. Extract the contents of the archive by typingCode:
tar -zxvf ndiswrapper-VERSION.tar.gzCode:
tar -zxvf ndiswrapper-1.25.tar.gzCode:
Now that you have everything ready for the installation we will now begin to install ndiswrapper. Open terminal again and typeCode:
INSTALLING THE WINDOWS DRIVERS IN LINUX
Now that ndiswrapper is installed you are about 2/3 of the way there. There should be a folder in / calledCode:
ndiswrapper -i /wg511v2driver/wg511v2.infCode:
Congratulations you are almost finished.
Now open Terminal and typeCode:
iwlist wlan0 scanCode:
iwconfig wlan0 essid NETWORKNAMECode:
iwconfig wlan0 mode ManagedCode:
iwlist wlan0 scan
Different Linux Distros have a different command so I will list them all.
ifconfig wlan0 up
The only problem is every time you turn on you computer you will have to enter all the FINAL STEPS again. I have created a small shell script that can do this for you except it only works with Fedora Core 5 and a WG511v2 Card.
To get it go to http://126.96.36.199/netconnect.sh and once it is downloaded run it.
That program assumes that your network is called NETGEAR and its Managed.
If your network is called soemthing else then right click the the file netconnect.sh and click Open With Other Application and choose text editor. When its open change NETGEAR to the name of your network and change Managed to the type of your network.
Thanks for reading and using my tutorial. If you have any questions, found any errors in my tutorial or any errors in my shell script then post here.
If any of the links to 188.8.131.52 dont work then my server is probably down so try it again in a few hours.
I have fixed all problems with the link to the WG511v2 driver.
My server is up and running again.
If you want to download via ftp instead go to ftp://184.108.40.206/ and double clicking on wg511v2driver.tar