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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject: USB wireless Reply with quote

Because airport extreme is not supported I decided to purchase a usb wireless adapter. I am having a lot of difficulties trying to get it to work with my base station.

Does anyone know of a "HOW TO" for this or can anyone explain how to set up this type of device on a wireless network?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: USB wireless Reply with quote

JGonthier wrote:
Because airport extreme is not supported I decided to purchase a usb wireless adapter. I am having a lot of difficulties trying to get it to work with my base station.

Does anyone know of a "HOW TO" for this or can anyone explain how to set up this type of device on a wireless network?


Can you give the name and model of your wireless adapter? I just got a Gigafast USB adapter that uses a driver not in the kernel (zd1201) and it works nicely. The setup can be very different depending on the wireless device you have. Hopefully you bought an 802.11b device, and not a 802.11a/g.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thing: you need to use kernel 2.6.10 for some USB devices. With my device, I got errors in the logs about not being able to assign an address to it. Kernels 2.6.4 through 2.6.9 have this problem (the ones I tested) so you might need the latest.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:30 pm    Post subject: usb wireless device Reply with quote

The device is a Netgear usb MA111 802.11b the first version. According to a hardware spec it has supported drivers under wlan-ng. I will most definately change my kernel. I'm using the 2.6.7 version and everything related to usb has been acting flaky (ex. memory sticks not being recognized).

Just to be safe, if I wanted to recompile and switch kernels, would I get the source and put it in /usr/src/linux and proceed with configs then compile?

Also, where is a good location to find older kernel versions?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:58 pm    Post subject: Re: usb wireless device Reply with quote

JGonthier wrote:
The device is a Netgear usb MA111 802.11b the first version. According to a hardware spec it has supported drivers under wlan-ng. I will most definately change my kernel. I'm using the 2.6.7 version and everything related to usb has been acting flaky (ex. memory sticks not being recognized).

Just to be safe, if I wanted to recompile and switch kernels, would I get the source and put it in /usr/src/linux and proceed with configs then compile?

Also, where is a good location to find older kernel versions?

thanks


Yes to your fist question-- if you emerge development-sources, it will place everything in /usr/src/linux-2.6.10. compile the kernel and reboot. Make sure the sym link at /usr/src/linux points to /usr/src/linux-2.6.10 (IIRC linux-wlan needs the kernel source to build). Iinstall linux-wlan-ng with USE="usb" (hopefully your Netgear is Prism2, but if you just bought it from a popular retail store, it isn't, and you probably can't use it in Linux). There's a proper way to get everything started with init scripts, but if you're impatient, do a "modprobe prism2_usb" (if that's what the module is called) and then "dhcpcd -d wlan0". All kernels past/present are at www.kernel.org.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I was lucky enough to find an older version of the Netgear usb MA111 that is supported. With your advice and the readme's I am happily connected to my home network. Thanks a bunch!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:23 pm    Post subject: USB logging Reply with quote

Actually, maybe I spoke too soon. The USB logging I get with kernel 2.6.10 is ridiculously verbose. Every keystroke on my keyboard generates about 10 lines (I don't have verbose USB logging selected in the kernel). I just figured out my/var/log/messages was 700 MB big, which matters on a 4GB drive. I'll investigate further to see what is up. Maybe it's my logger?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:01 pm    Post subject: Re: USB logging Reply with quote

twstd3bc wrote:
The USB logging I get with kernel 2.6.10 is ridiculously verbose. Every keystroke on my keyboard generates about 10 lines (I don't have verbose USB logging selected in the kernel).

This is probably yet another instance of event debugging turned on (no relation with the USB system). If this is correct then there is a number of posts in these fora addressing the matter.
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