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Re: [opensuse] Re: madwifi RPMS for 11.1 (temporary)
  • From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2009 11:01:59 -0600
  • Message-id: <49623D07.1050204@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
r wrote:
On 2008-12-27, Philipp Thomas <Philipp.Thomas2@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, 26 Dec 2008 19:22:10 -0600, you wrote:

Only because it was 2:00 am when I finally got time to start the project and
didn't have time to set one up ;-)
OK, so now I did :) It's now in home:psmt/madwifi and thus should be
available with much more bandwith.


I installed them from OpenSuSE repository. I installed the pae one
because I have the pae kernel from OpenSuSE 11.1 installation.
But it does not works. It installs correctly, then I go to network
manager, activate thw wlan, select my wireless network, insert wpa/wep
key, but it fails to connect.
I've atheros AR242x, on a netbook acer aspire one a150-bb.
Moreover if I unload module ath5k and load ath_pci, it doesn't see my
wlan via 'ifconfig'.
is there something I have to to do configure madwifi or with it to
connect to my wlan ?



Thanks for the feedback. The rpm should work fine. I am running it on
the same

17:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg
Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

You will need to configure it to use the ath_pci kernel module, not the
kernel module. Here is a short howto I have on the subject. It is the same for

Installing, Troubleshooting and Configuring WPA
for the madwifi driver
on openSuSE 11.0


# First remove all existing madwifi rpms if you have a newer Atheros card,
AR242 or later

rpm -e $(rpm -qa | grep madwifi)

# Get the current madwifi rpms that will support newer Atheros cards at:

# After the install, start yast and configure the new network device:

Under the 'General' tab, 'Device Control' select 'Enable Device Control for
Non-root User Via Kinternet'

Under the 'Address' tab, select Dynamic Address

Under the 'Hardware' tab, make sure the Module Name is 'ath_pci'

Click Next:

Operating Mode: Managed

Enter your SSID

Enter you Authentication Mode, etc..

# Next you will simply need to start network manager and add and configure your
card. If you can't find your card, then see Troubleshooting below. Configuring
WPA follows troubleshooting below.


# Check that ath0 station is created:


lo no wireless extensions.

wifi0 no wireless extensions.

ath0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"rbpllc" Nickname:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:1C:10:4B:2E:CD
Bit Rate:48 Mb/s Tx-Power:16 dBm Sensitivity=1/1
Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:6B2E-5834-1B7A-1BA3-FDAA-484B-6E84-3B55 Security
Power Management:off
Link Quality=44/70 Signal level=-48 dBm Noise level=-92 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:12662 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

eth0 no wireless extensions.

# if NO ath0, then Create the station

wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta

# Check with iwconfig


# Bring up the interface

ifconfig ath0 up

# Insert the scanning module

modprobe wlan_scan_sta

# Scan for nets

wlanconfig ath0 list scan

# or for all modems

iwlist ath0 scan

# if key required

iwconfig ath0 key <yourkey>

# Connect to the AP

iwconfig ath0 essid "eddie"

# Get IP address

dhclient ath0

# or

dhcpcd ath0

# For fixed IP

ifconfig ath0 <IP address> netmask <netmask> up

Configuring WPA:

# To set up WPA config

wpa_passphrase "your_ESSID" "Some_Decent_PassPhrase_of_up_64_Characters" >>

Edit /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf and add the lines into the network section
created above:

# proto=WPA

Uncomment the proto=WPA line (and comment out the RSN line) to enable WPA.
Leave as is for WPA2 (stronger encryption).

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
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