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Hi guys, I just freshly installed fc5 on my IBM R52 and ran the updater to get the latest updates. Now i'm trying to get my wireless card working but ...
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    trying to get ipw2200 working


    Hi guys,

    I just freshly installed fc5 on my IBM R52 and ran the updater to get the latest updates. Now i'm trying to get my wireless card working but just can't seem to succees.

    I googled and found out that i need:

    ieee80211-1.2.15.tgz
    ipw2200-1.2.0.tgz
    ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz

    I have downloaded all these to my pc. Extracted ipw2200-1.2.0.tgz and read the INSTALL file. However, i reach to section 5. KERNEL REQUIREMENTS. The snippet says:

    You can verify that your running kernel is configured properly by
    searching the following file for the #define entries described below:

    /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/linux/autoconf.h
    i tried to open that autoconf.h file but the link is broken. The target path just does not exists. How do i continue? What should i do?

    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 47 Nov 25 01:35 build -> ../../../usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2239.fc5-i686

    Other extra info:
    uname -a:
    Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.18-1.2239.fc5 #1 Fri Nov 10 13:04:06 EST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    lspci | grep Wireless:
    04:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)

    Please help.

    Regards,
    jinchuriki

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    In fact, starting with kernel 2.6.14, both IPW2200 and IEEE80211 are included in the kernel.

    With kernel < 2.6.17, you need firmware version 2.4.

    With kernel >= 2.6.17, firmware version 3.0 is required.

    You simply untar it in /lib/firmware/, and you are good to go.

    Provided you have a connection manager (network-manager for example), everything will work as advertised.
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    Hi antidrugue,

    Thanks for the reply. That is straight-forward and pretty easy.

    Ok, now that my machine can find the wireless card.
    I couldn't connect to my access point (WEP enabled). Thanks for being patient with me, i'm new to this.

    This is how i configure it..

    i set this in the "Wireless Device Configuration" dialog, under the "Wireless Settings" tab:

    Mode: Managed
    SSID: specified: asnet
    Key: my-wireless-key

    When i try to activate the interface, it scolded me with this:
    Determining IP information for eth1... failed.

    iwconfig command gives me this:
    Warning: Driver for device eth1 has been compiled with version 20
    of Wireless Extension, while this program supports up to version 19.
    Some things may be broken...

    eth1 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"asnet" Nickname:"localhost.localdomain"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:12:17:FF:4D:8A
    Bit Rate:54 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=8/0
    Retry limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
    Encryption key:3430-3635-3241-4544-4242-3842-38 Security mode:open
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=94/100 Signal level=-13 dBm Noise level=-85 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:4 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:13

    Not sure what went wrong..

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    Using network-manager is the easiest way to go here, as it will take care of everything : bringing the interface up, connecting, etc.

    Network-manager-gnome is installed by default, but it is not activated.
    Make sure it is installed :
    Code:
    yum install NetworkManager NetworkManager-gnome
    Then activate it (as a system service) like that :
    Code:
    chkconfig NetworkManager on
    chkconfig NetworkManagerDispatcher on
    and then reboot.
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    Thanks antidrugue, everything works now !!! Appreciate your help

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    Cool ! Have fun !
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    Hi Guys,

    I have been using the wireless connection happily in my home for the past few weeks. I was using WEP encryption in my Linksys WRT54G AP.
    Recently i tried to update to WPA. Changes done in the AP and my windows XP is able to connect to my WPA protected AP.

    Ok now, i'm trying to connect to it using my FC5 but to no avail. Please shed some light.

    [root@qin]# uname -a
    Linux qin 2.6.18-1.2239.fc5 #1 Fri Nov 10 13:04:06 EST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    [root@qin]# rpm -qa | grep ipw2200
    [root@qin]# rpm -qa | grep ieee
    libieee1284-0.2.9-3.2.1
    [root@qin]# ls /lib/firmware
    ipw2200-bss.fw ipw2200-ibss.fw ipw2200-sniffer.fw LICENSE.ipw2200-fw
    [root@qin]# lsmod | grep ipw2200
    ipw2200 108197 0
    ieee80211 31113 1 ipw2200

    Oh ya! I have read these posts http://forum.fedoraforum.org/forum/s...d.php?t=100781 and
    http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=101489
    Found them from google

    The only problem is they are guiding on GNOME when i'm using KDE. For that matter i dont have NetworkManager which is only available in GNOME.

    Any luck for me?
    Thanks...

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    In KDE. you would substitute system-config-network for networkmanager.
    And Kwifimanager. Or click on the K-Menu>Administration>Network
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    Hi MikeTBob,

    Yes i have been using system-config-network with FC5 all the while.
    As for KWifiManager, i have never been able to use 'em to connect to my WEP encrypted wireless network.

    Anyway, maybe you can guide me to show you the logs and maybe you can help me to troubleshoot?

    Thanks.

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    jinchuriki, try installing wpa_supplicant to get support for wpa. I am pretty sure it is available in Fedora's repositories.
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