wireless network on linux??

By amazon_sephy ยท 7 replies
Aug 24, 2003
  1. Hi,

    I have Microsoft's wrieless network gear, the base station, and their wireless notebook card. I was wondering if there happen to be some drivers that will let me use the wireless nic on red hat 9. I really doubt that official drivers exist, but maybe some generic do?? Also, is wireless networking on linux an issue at the moment?? I know that on the windows side, which is what im using right now, Win Xp is the best to work with for wireless. Any help would be great, thanks.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I would suggest that wireless NIC is just bearing the MS logo and is actually some vanilla wireless card. I understand that the card is PCMCIA, just install Linux and plug it in. See if it is recognized.
  3. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 156

    Check this site to know if your card is supported.


    There might be some errors on this list. (Mine was listed with the wrong chipset), so you mlight want to check if someone else got your card running.

    What brand, model is it exactly?
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Have a look at your kernel source. Go into /usr/src and there should be some kernel source directories. Go into one and run the command

    make xconfig

    that will give you an idea of what drivers are there available for wireless networks for linux.

    linux is maturing at an alarming rate, and you will likely find drivers for well known wireless cards. have a look there first and see if its supported.

    You may have to recompile your kernel to get the new hardware to work. if you need to do this, post back here, and I will tell you what to do.

    jedi learner difficulty level - checking for supported drivers included in kernel source - 20%, and recompiling kernel to support it as well - 62%.
  5. epsilon

    epsilon TS Rookie

    recompiling the kernel

    how do you recompile the kernel? I'm trying to recompile RedHat 9 for my P4 and the kernel doesn't boot.
  6. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 156

    Check out the kernel howto. If your new kernel is not booting it's because it is not complete or some options are wrongfully checked. Or maybe the corresponding modules are not intsalled, ...

    First check out the kernel howto.
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    A few people are asking, so I may write a guide.
  8. epsilon

    epsilon TS Rookie

    torn, how did you get your G520 wireless card to work? i can't get mine to work at all.
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