[Nolug] Re: [brlug-general] Laptop WiFi

From: Joey Kelly <joey_at_joeykelly.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 17:27:29 -0500
Message-Id: <200510281727.56009.joey@joeykelly.net>

> So the question arises whether I would be better off
> buying a WPC11 card or spending just a little more
> and getting something like the WPC54G card, also
> from Linksys. Any experience with these cards?

I just got off my butt and played with NDSwrapper today. I bought a couple of
Belkin cards from Home Depot (PCMCIA and USB), and as someone else noted, I
had quite a time getting the USB card to work (I haven't tried the other one
yet). My issue was finding the right tool to extract the InstallShield cab
files from the Windows install CD. I finally located the unshield utility
(http://synce.sourceforge.net/synce/unshield.php), and it was all downhill
from there.

I followed the installation page
(http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/Installation) on the
NDISwrapper site, and had no issues (well, after I told SuSE to leave my
network devices alone, and ditto the firewall, I'll have to work on that
later). I wrote a little script to start my network, which I've pasted below,
if anyone needs it.

So, for $35 ($40 for the USB stick) at Home Depot, the Belkin stuff can be
made to work with Linux.

Here's the script (adjust for taste):

ruth:/home/jkelly # cat /root/bin/homewireless.sh
modprobe ndiswrapper
iwconfig wlan0 essid NumberNine mode Managed
ifconfig wlan0 netmask up
route add default gw

If you're wondering, I run an open AP at my complex, and I live in apartment
#9 ;-)

Joey Kelly
< Minister of the Gospel | Linux Consultant >
"I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous."
 --- David Bradley, the IBM employee that invented CTRL-ALT-DEL

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