How to install ATHEROS drivers for wireless card in FC3.
I had success installing my airlink101 AWLC4030 Super G™ Wireless Cardbus Adapter. This device uses the atheros drivers which in linux are called the madwifi drivers and as you can see you can get these packages from atrpms. If you have this repository in your yum.conf you can install via yum and a dependency will be needed to install the drivers. The dependency is installed according to your kernel version. Please note that everytime you upgrade the kernel reinstallation of dependency is required.
UPDATE: Let us begin by adding atrmps to your repo data base, if you already have it skip this step . Now open terminal and become root and run this command:
and add this lines:
and click on SAVE , also root import the gpg key from the terminal: rpm --import http://atrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms
name=ATrpms for Fedora Core $releasever stable
For example I am using:
Which requires me to install this dependency first: madwifi-kmdl-2.6.10-1.760_FC3-0.9.4.12-15.rhfc3.at.i686.rpm so I ran yum command:
[imdeemvp@myfc3 ~]$ uname -r
once this is installed you can run yum command:
yum install madwifi-kmdl-2.6.10-1.760_FC3-0.9.4.12-15.rhfc3.at.i686.rpm
and this is the result:
yum install madwifi
We are not done you may run into some issues like I did. My wireless was SLOW so I asked for help and this was the SOLUTION!
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Package madwifi.i386 0:0.9.4.12-15.rhfc3.at set to be installed
--> Running transaction check
Install: madwifi.i386 0:0.9.4.12-15.rhfc3.at
Is this ok [y/N]: y
madwifi-0.9.4.12-15.rhfc3 100% |=========================| 2.4 kB 00:00
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Installing: madwifi 100 % done 1/1
Installed: madwifi.i386 0:0.9.4.12-15.rhfc3.at
You may also need some extra tools to monitor your wireless connection and in this tutorial you can learn how to do it. I am posting my wireless configuration:
I created this little how to in my laptop as I was wireless connected! I am also posting some screenshot to give you an idea how your setting should look like. ONE quick tip I make the NetworkMangerInfo start during my login by adding it to session >startup program :D
[imdeemvp@myfc3 ~]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ath0
# Please read /usr/share/doc/initscripts-*/sysconfig.txt
# for the documentation of these parameters.
HWADDR=00:0f:ax:xb:xd:ax <<- this was modified before posting
IF YOU HAVE CONNECTION PROBLEMS DO THE FOLLOWING: You can try to download the kernel http://atrpms.net/dist/fc3/kernel/ burn in a cd, copy to hard drive and install it and do same for madwifi drivers and make sure you are VERY careful in the kernel you choose. OR if you have a pen flash drive save it there and transfer it to you fc3 box! Also note the that drivers are supported from kernel 2.6.10-737 and higher.