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PostPosted: Tue 04 Oct 2005, 23:04    Post_subject:  

Marv,
Nice to hear an endorsement.
Though in fairness, you sound like a knowledgeable Linux person. I don't think the process of installing and configuring these drivers would be so straightforward for a newbie. I make no apologies. I always intended these packages as "unofficial" add-ons for discerning users.

Newbies are probably better off with ndiswrapper, and the commendable systems by bladehunter, BlackAdder, keenerd and Barry to automate things.

Regarding the Ralink drivers, I didn't mention in the README file that I provided the earlier v1.x versions, not the later v2.x versions because v2 requires a 2.6 kernel. If Puppy moves to a 2.6 kernel we can move up to the newer Ralink driver.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 23:51    Post_subject: wlan-ng  

Hi All,

I've been trying to get the linux-wlan-ng drivers to recognize my D-Link DWL-650 revP. I use the same driver package and version with success in VectorLinux so I know it is possible.

I had spent some time trying to build the drivers myself before stumbling onto these packages and I must say thanks and keep up the good work.

However, I just can't seem to get the prism2_cs driver to see my card and I know I must be missing a step. I have added
Code:
alias wlan0 prism2_cs
to my /etc/modules.conf but I guess I can't figure out how to correctly restart the pcmcia modules after loading the wlan-ng driver so that it sees my card on hotplugging. I would appreciate help from those of you who have tested this driver package.

Thanks lots,
-M

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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2005, 14:32    Post_subject:  

Hi,
I have been trying as noted in previous posts to set-up intel 2200 wireless network drivers with WPA encryption. I had been using Chubby Puppy 1.05 multisession CD. I switched back to Puppy 1.05-Mozilla and have had far less problems expanding the tarballs.

I successfully expanded ipw2200-1.0.1.tar.gz and wpa_suppplicant-0.3.9.tar.gz. Ifconfig shows I have a network interface. The problem is the wpa_supplicant. After expanding the tar.gz file, the terminal window lists 4 files and their directories. I checked the directories and the files are there. However when I use the command; wpa_supplicant -ieth0 -Dipw -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -d, I receive the error messsage "command not found". I also tried modprobe wpa_supplicant and received error message, "can't locate module wpa_supplicant".

Any assistance is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Oct 2005, 10:01    Post_subject:  

Sorry, wpa_supplicant uncompresses into /usr/local/sbin/, which is its original location in Vector Linux, but this directory doesn't normally exist in Puppy. So that's why Puppy will complain that there is "No such file or directory".

I may update the wpa_supplicant package in the future, but for now just specify the full path for wpa_supplicant. Thus the full command would be -

/usr/local/sbin/wpa_supplicant -ieth0 -Dipw -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -d

Don't use "modprobe". wpa_supplicant is an application, not a module.
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berk0081

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Oct 2005, 20:22    Post_subject: Re: wlan-ng  

Hi all,

berk0081 wrote:

I've been trying to get the linux-wlan-ng drivers to recognize my D-Link DWL-650 revP. I use the same driver package and version with success in VectorLinux so I know it is possible.


For the record, I've now managed to get this working with a "poor man's install" (i.e. kernel, image.gz, usr_cram.fs copied to HD). The trick was to kill cardmgr and restart it with prism2_cs already loaded. Rather than constantly untar the driver package, I rebuilt image.gz with the /sbin/wlanctl-ng* files and the necessary driver in /lib/modules/2.4.29/linux-wlan-ng/.

Restarting cardmgr usually causes the card to be picked up immediately and its firmware loaded.

The last step is to make sure the card is running with dhcp (if it's supposed to be). For some reason, I still have to delete /etc/dhcpcd/dhcpcd-wlan0.pid before I can get an IP, but I have a script that does:
Code:
rm /etc/dhcpcd/dhcpcd-wlan0.pid
dhcpcd -d wlan0

Curiously but thankfully, the DWL-650 revP on linux-wlan-ng runs much more reliably under Puppy than it does in VectorLinux 5.0, which also uses 2.4.29. Haven't figured out why yet, but am glad it does.

Best,
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Oct 2005, 20:58    Post_subject:  

Hi,
I used /usr/local/sbin/wpa_supplicant ieth0 -Dipw -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -d. I received error message 'failed to read configuration file /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf 'preceded by error messages "failure to parse" from lines 389 to 442.

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PostPosted: Tue 11 Oct 2005, 02:11    Post_subject:  

I think the system is complaining about your configuration file - /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf.
This configuration file contains some example settings, which you should modify to suit your own WPA settings.
And you should comment out all other examples (by putting "#" at the start of each line), which obviously will be unsuitable for you.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Oct 2005, 03:56    Post_subject:  

OK, I modified wpa_supplicant.conf. Scanning is done for the AP but it is unable to connect . Also I noticed ioct[IPW_IOCTRL_WPA_SUPPLICANT] invalid argument; and message no keys have been configured.

I am using WPA Personal using TKIP algorithim and a preshared key.

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Oct 2005, 08:41    Post_subject:  

Good try. Sorry to hear it doesn't work.
I just checked the ipw2200 README from the source download, and found this -

"1.1 Overview of Features
...
802.1x EAP via wpa_supplicant and xsupplicant"

I have never used WPA myself, so I can't offer definite information. Does this mean that the only form of WPA supported is EAP??
Anyway, xsupplicant is here http://open1x.org/
And xsupplicant documentation is here http://sourceforge.net/docman/display_doc.php?docid=24379&group_id=60236
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Oct 2005, 21:53    Post_subject:  

I have a Linksys broadband router. I double checked to see types of WPA supported. Linksys supports WPA with TKIP and AES and didn't see EAP support. I reread the readme from wpa_supplicant. Wpa_supplicant does support TKIP. I used the basic WPA script in the configuration file. I will try a different script with wpa_supplicant that includes TKIP. When I reviewed the WPA script with TKIP before, I wasn't sure which values to include.

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Oct 2005, 01:10    Post_subject:  

I used the WPA TKIP script but am still obtaining the same error message noted previously. No key is generated and no connection established.

At this point my choices are to change encryption type or wait for more updated drivers.

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Oct 2005, 05:37    Post_subject:  

I have investigated the WPA situation further. I provided version 1.0.1 of the ipw2200 driver, which is not the latest, but the latest for which there is a 2.4 kernel patch available. Looking at the "changes" list at http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net I see this-

"Changes in 1.0.1
Added initial support for WPA (thanks to Yi Zhu) -- tested with wpa_supplicant (either tip w/ ipw driver, or with -Dipw2100) with both CCMP and TKIP"

So WPA support is definitely possible.
I also checked the ipw2200 source Makefile to see that WPA support was enabled in the compilation. It was.

Then I searched for wpa_supplicant configuration details.
At http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=26623 there is possibly a significant extra parameter mentioned, "w", this is for wpa_supplicant to wait for an interface to be added. Apparently, wpa_supplicant cannot launch properly if the network interface is not active. So the full command to launch wpa_supplicant would be -
/usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant -i eth0 -D ipw -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -B -w

Now that I think about it, the sensible thing would be to bring up the interface with "ifconfig eth0 up" before launching wpa_supplicant, then "-w" would not be necessary.


And regarding the contents of /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf, this is possibly what you need -

ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant

network={
ssid="MY_ESSID"
scan_ssid=1 # (not sure about this)
proto=WPA
key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
pairwise=TKIP # (not sure about this)
psk="MY_SECRET_PASSPHRASE"
priority=5 # (not sure about this)
}
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Oct 2005, 18:20    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the additional info. I will give it a try and post results.

DJ
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Marv


Joined: 04 May 2005
Posts: 368
Location: SW Wisconsin

PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2005, 22:13    Post_subject: Further experience with native Ralink driver  

I've been shuffling back and forth between my beloved 1.03 pup on CF flash which uses the Ndiswrapped Rt2500 drivers and 1.05 on CD and a 1.05 HD install, both using the native Ralink drivers installed per this thread and the readme files packaged with the driver. The native driver is much faster to load, more stable, and seems faster as well. All in all well worth the minor trouble to switch.

Thanks again..

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Oct 2005, 22:29    Post_subject: IPW 2200  

Using your last post, I was able to get IPW 2200 and wpa_supplicant loaded with no error messages. I am able to ping my router but am unable to connect to the wireless network. I am unable to get dhcp to run. I tried to manually enter my IP address etc. but was still unable to connect to the network.

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