[CentOS] Re: Madwifi just seems to work in Centos 5

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Mon Jun 18 14:05:21 UTC 2007

Axel Thimm wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 08:03:39AM -0400, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>> I have not installed the madwifi specific kernel stuff (kdml and 
>> hal-kdml) from atrpms.  I have installed with wpa rpms.
>> And my Atheros card is working with almost no work on my part (other 
>> than runing wpa_supplicant as a deamon).
>> Nice!
> But how is that supposed to work? Perhaps you don't have an atheros
> chipset at all? If you have an atheros chipset then you will need
> madwifi/dadwifi and hal/openhal to use it.
Oh, it is definitely the Atheros chipset.  Given to me by my friends at 
Atheros at one of the 802.11 meetings over a year ago....

I was supprised/shocked.  I was watching the boot and saw an attempt to 
aquire an IP address for wifi0.  Gee, I had not configured my wireless 
card at all.  Why did Kudzu discover the card, I had never installed the 
madwifi kernel drivers.  Yeah, I DID install the WPA and wireless tools 
(wpa_supplicant, wpa_cli, wpa_dui, iwconfig, wlanconfig, etc) but not 
the madwifi-kmdl or madwifi-hal-kdml.  So what is going on?

All I had to do was to get the wpasupplicant running as a deamon, 
reading my wpasupplicant.conf file (with the PSK for my network), and I 
was Associated.  Then grab a dhcp lease and off I went wirelessly.

Is there any tool to analyse the kernel to see if the madwifi drivers 
are in the sauce?

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