[ Saturday, 28 June 2008, asperczwielun ]
The following article is about using a HP-530 laptop with Slackware-12.1 and Lantech wireless router with WEP encryption. It can be used as a general tutorial for configuring your WiFi manually in Linux.
The wireless network can be also configured using Windows XP drivers, using ndiswrapper. It can be installed and configured as follows :
- Download the ndiswrapper program as .tgz package, or compile it yourself. After installing in
/etcdirectory we get entries as follows :
- Download the Intel Wireless 3945ABG drivers from Intel’s website – they are distributed in
188.8.131.52_X_DRIVERS.zipfile. After unpacking, we can choose 32 or 64 bit version. Choose the one that matches your kernel (mine was 32 bit). As root, enter a command :
/etc/ndiswrapper directory is empty and we need to place XP drivers there.
# ndiswrapper -i /path_to_file/NETw4x32.INF
this will install the drivers in :
and check if we’ve done it correctly with :
#ndiswrapper -l #iwconfig
/etc/rc.d/rc.wififile, set its executable bit :
and add it to startup scripts :
After reboot, the wireless network starts up with no problems. The wireless LED is alight same way as under Windows. Restart after disabling the wireless with the RF-kill switch is automatic, without problems and without the need to execute the rc.wifi script. The ndiswrapper program has no immediately visible performance impact on the laptop.
#iwlist auth yields:
#iwlist encryption yields :
Translated-by : el_es
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