Sunday, June 11, 2006

Wireless on Fedora Core 5

Just finished seting up wireless for Fedora Core 5

So here is a blow by blow play book

install fedora core 5

Then as root

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install ndiswrapper into kernel with command -
" yum install ndiswrapper kernel-module-ndiswrapper-$(uname -r) "

This installs a new kernel with WIFI support

you then need to find the firmware for you wireless card google this for an nx6110 with an airforce one the file is called bcmw15a.inf

this then needs to be loaded into ndis with command -
" /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -i /home/witt/wifidrivers/80211g.zip_FILES/80211g/bcmwl5a.inf "

you then need to create the correct alias for the network with command -
" /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -m "

This installs the wireless card into the system.

To save rebooting the machine you can type
" /sbin/modprobe wrapper "

This is only needed the first time

Once installed you just need to set up

with some cards you need a essid before you can scan (example essid lemon)
" /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid lemon "

scan for wireless networks
" /sbin/iwlist wlan0 scan "

if your using an access point mode required is managed
" /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed "

set wep key (example key is 1234567899)
" /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key open 1234567899 "

This connects the wireless network up

then acquire an ip (dhcp in this case)
" /sbin/dhclient wlan0 "

Dont forget to firewall once your done