Saturday, July 15, 2006

ndiswrapper and WG111T

Follow instructions for Debian in wiki off using module-assistant.

# module-assistant auto-install ndiswrapper
# unzip

This is the 1.2 driver version off the NetGear Website, which supposedly works with ndiswrapper.

# ndiswrapper -i netwg11t.inf
# ndiswrapper -i athfmwdl.inf
# ndiswrapper -l
Installed drivers:
athfmwdl driver installed, hardware present
netwg11t driver installed
# dmesg | tail
ndiswrapper: driver netwg11t (NETGEAR,01/07/2005, loaded
wlan0: vendor: ''
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:14:6c:5e:76:af using driver netwg11t, 1385:4250.F.conf
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA; AES/CCMP with WPA
# ndiswrapper -m
Adding "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" to /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper

Hmmm, so far, so good. Let's see if this works. Continuing at

# apt-get install wireless-tools
# iwconfig
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"LostLostEntry"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:09:5B:F8:8B:26
Bit Rate:54 Mb/s
Encryption key:off
Link Quality:0/100 Signal level:-68 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
# dhclient wlan0
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 7
DHCPREQUEST on wlan0 to port 67
bound to -- renewal in 21600 seconds

Excellent. That was easy. Now on to configuring WEP. That will be good enough for my purposes
since the wireless network is on a separate leg off my firewall.

iwconfig wlan0 essid ...
iwconfig wlan0 enc ...

Change the AP WEP config and voila, everything working. Very nice.

I didn't expect this to be THAT easy. And I tried this only because Best Buy wouldn't take the WG111T back (over 30 days since purchase... grrr).

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