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Wi-Fi on SuSE 8.0

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// Wi-Fi on SuSE 8.0


// by dual_parallel


// 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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