Setting essid without AP
I can't make my wireless card work properly.
I have been trying to set up a wlan without an access point. I have a desktop pc cable-connected to the internet, and I would like to connect it to a laptop pc via wireless card.
I couldn't get the card to work with ndiswrapper or madwifi, so (as advised on ndiswrapper website) I used the RaLink linux driver (since my card has such a chipset). Now the card should be up and running.
But I'm not sure I understand what an essid is. I thought it could be just any string, but it doesn't work. I mean:
Could you tell what's wrong?
debian:~# iwconfig ra0 mode ad-hoc essid "GuldoNet01"
debian:~# iwconfig ra0
ra0 RT61 Wireless ESSID:""
Mode:Ad-Hoc Frequency:1 MHz Cell: 2E:82:AF:62:7B:C6
Bit Rate=11 Mb/s
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=0/100 Signal level:-121 dBm Noise level:-107 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
Thank you :)
is the wireless card up?
"ifconfig" will tell you
Im am not sure I get this correct, but your trying to get a wireless card (laptop) to connect to your PC without an access point (wireless router) is that correct?
A side note: you must either set up a dhcp server on the debian machine or manually set the IP address of the laptop. Also, you are going to have to figure out how to set up IP masquerading (which is a pain) to allow your laptop to connect to the internet. I have set this kind of thing up just to say that I could and it was a real pain. I really suggust you go and spend a little on a hardware based router/wifi. It will really save you some sanity. If you are really up to the challenge, then more power to you.