[CentOS] wireless laptop configuration

Sorin at Gmail sorin.srbu at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 09:04:49 UTC 2008


Karanbir Singh <> scribbled on Thursday, August 14, 2008 2:47 PM:

> http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops/Wireless

Trying to learn wifi netwroking with linux, and CentOS v5.2 in particular. 
Following the above howto helped a bit on the way, but I'm nowhere near getting 
the wifi-card to connect.

I've installed madwifi, ndiswrapper, dkms and whatnot in order to get this 
working, but still it's a no go. Centos does see the card in 
Administration/Network and the wireless network thing is visible in Network 
manager, but when I try connect or create a new connection to my wlan it just 
times out or says it couldn't connect for some reason. The wlan I'm trying to 
connect to is WPA2-PSK using AES.

I'm using a 3Com 3CRWE154G72 IIRC, which according to the hwconf's using the 
prism54 driver/firmware/whatever.

Would I maybe be better off reinstalling the whole shebang and have the 
wifi-card inserted from start in order for the centos installer to see it 
properly from the beginning?

The experimental machine I use is not critical in any way. Only gotcha' is that 
it only has a CD-drive so I have to shuffle discs should I do a complete 
reinstall. 8-)

Thx in advance for any advice.

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