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Oh yeah! I've gone wireless! xD
^_^ I finally got my usb wireless adapter working in linux. I had scores of trouble last night and spent the entire evening (and well into the night) trying to get it working. I hooked up my ethernet card this morning (can't work very well in linux without an internet connection) and I figured I'd try one more time.
At first it wouldn't work, but it finally started reading the base station without a problem and now I'm connected. I disconnected the ethernet cable and tried accessing a site again, and it still worked.

I'm wireless now folks! Well, minus the power cables, but we can figure something out for those some other day.

Woot! ^_^

Current Mood: giddy giddy
Current Music: "Waiting For You" by Seal

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raist_ From: raist_ Date: April 29th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
RedHat 7.0 saw my wireless card on boot, and it took me about 2 seconds to get it working.

It's slightly temperamental, but works quite well otherwise.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 29th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mine is a Zonet USB2 802.11b/g wireless adapter that uses the ZyDAS 1211 chipset. I'm assuming it's fairly new for it to not be automatically supported. Searching for support for the ZyDAS 1211 chipset only returns a few very select pages, one being the sourceforge page that has the kernel module/driver.

For whatever reason, KDE and Gnome's network and wireless managers refuse to see it. They both see wlan0 now, but neither of them seem to be setting it right as it won't connect until I manually (or via script) iwconfig & dhclient it. After all that, I still have to manually change the DNS from the DSL modem to an actual DNS server (I had to do this bit on the wired connection as well).

The only performance hit I can see between the ethernet cable and the wireless connection is a fraction of a second longer to initiate loading a page.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: April 30th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
See, I don't know what my car was (Does Diamond sound familiar?) I'll know when I go back to Wisconsin. I had the card on loan from my landlord there.

I do know that it saw wvlan0 immediately, I just had to setup the device in KDE's Network connection manager gui. It took it a few minutes, and I tried setting up a static route to the router, though it didn't work. I deleted it, and a few minutes later, ping came up. A few minutes after that, DNS started working.

It took it time to realize what was going on, but it worked damn near automatically.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 30th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about Diamond, but D-Links are some of the most common (and commonly supported) wireless cards. I did a quick search on NewEgg for Diamond and mostly came up with video cards and some modems.

Mine couldn't be as simple as plug and play because my brother uses WEP 128-but encryption with his router (not that it can't be broken in a couple of hours...) so the key has to be set before it can initialize the connection.
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