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Posted 29 October 2002 - 01:42 AM

// Wi-Fi on SuSE 8.0
// by dual_parallel
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SuSE 8.0 is a great distribution - stable, solid apps, easy install, easy on
the eyes...but setting up wireless...whole 'nother story.

Setting up wireless in Red Hat is painfully simple (see "Wi-Fi on Linux Made
Easy" in Frequency 24 - http://www.hackermind.net). Red Hat has an Internet
Configuration Wizard and lists numerous Wi-Fi card drivers when setting up an
Ethernet interface. When using YAST2 (Yet Another Setup Tool), there are no
Wi-Fi drivers listed although many cs (card services) modules are included
in every install. So, you guessed it - you'll be breakin' out the vi and
editing some config files. But which ones? Do not fret. All of your
answers can be found here:


Well, most of them.

This article will condense the above posting, correct any mistakes and give
additional configuration info. A fresh (laptop) install of SuSE 8.0 will be
used, as well as a Lucent Orinoco Gold card.

First, as on the test laptop, insert your Orinoco NIC and install SuSE 8.0.
The "Minimal graphical desktop" was chosen (who needs all that pretty crap
anyway). After installation is complete, log in as root and fire up YAST2
by typing "yast" in an xterm. Choose Network/Basic and then Network card
configuration. Hit Launch. Add a PCMCIA network card as eth0 and set it
up for DHCP or your static IP. It's ok that it's listed as an unknown card.
Hit Finish.

Now for some vi fun. Open /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia and set


Then, in /etc/sysconfig/hotplug, set


Next, open /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf and change the following entry:

card "Intersil PRISM2 Reference Design 11Mb/s WLAN Card"
manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
bind "orinoco_cs"
#bind "prism2_cs"

Be careful. There are three "Intersil PRISM2" entries. Choose the one in
the middle. The next file is /etc/sysconfig/network/wireless. Here's how
the important variables are set, assuming your box will be a node in an
infrastructure network:


Leave everything else blank and set the channel as appropriate. That
should be it. Run "/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart" (reboot if you have trouble)
and you should be on the net.

Please send any suggestions or corrections to the author and you'll get
credit. Use Galeon and don't forget to set up your firewall. Peace.

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