[SATLUG] Wireless paradox
gboswell at cis.sac.accd.edu
Sun Mar 9 11:05:30 CDT 2008
At the computer show we had a lot of action and I believe helped a lot
of people. I don't know how many cds were sold but all of the flyers and
business cards were taken before 3pm. We had so many people the Owner
asked if we were having a private convention. During the last 3 hours
the APCO rep. spent more time at our table than his own. Lot of the
SATLUG regulars came by to help/pester everyone. I believe we all had a
good time including Walt with a laptop who I believe had a running
During the show we had some interesting paradoxes with wireless cards.
Eddie bought a new pcmcia "Atheros Chipset" which we set up madwifi
module for. I had in another dell with a intel ipw3945 running native
drivers for FC8. Nathan had a setup with Puppy Linux that worked somes
times and some times not. Both Nathans and my Dells' 3945 work great
with wireless else where especially at SAC, during meetings. Another
SATLUGer who teaches at Palo Alto College who was a lot of help at the
show, sorry bad at names, was running the bcmwl5 windows driver with
ndiswrapper and was perfectly connected as was my Macbook running osx.
The paradox is his will not connect at SAC. SAC uses a brandx wireless
setup and the Universal City CC uses a cisco wireless access point.
Now a big assumption that all were setup correctly, I know a BIG
assumption but we checked the settings, what could be the possible
problems we should look into. BTW Windows worked perfectly on both Dells
in UCCC and at SAC, and the Mac well it always works. The Dell e1405 is
running FC8 with native ipw3945 intel drives, The Dell C640 running two
different Atheros Pcmcia cards (Linksys and Airport101) with correct
madwifi module loaded. Both Dells see the cards as Wlan0 but could not
scan or find the LCOO-wireless network at the UCCC. The compaq with the
bcmwl5 running ndiswrapper finds LCOO-wireless but not at SAC. Is it a
driver/access point combination or just a quirk with each different
setup. I believe Nathan was running Puppy Linux on a Compaq but I
don't remember the card and/or native/ndiswrapper setup.
I'm looking for sources/setting to research and follow up on more than
flame remarks. It would be nice to have a set of procedures that would
be fool proof if you have a supported chipset. We sure missed Nate
Durr being there to solve all our weird problems but Nate is a new Dad
and is enjoying a new frontier. This could be a birds of a feather
session at the OpenFest but we need some real guidance as to some
procedures. I've sucessfully set up ndiswrapper and madwifi following
the how-to's and feel competent with ifconfig, iwconfig, iwlist
etc. Not being to get a good card to work with FC8 on a good machine
with all the web resources at our disposal is frustrating. There has to
be some cutting edge ideas or procedures out there that can be applied
in this kind of situation. The fact the ndiswrapper worked but doesn't
work at SAC where the only difference is the access point or is there
more to this story.
Glenn Boswell "Boz" gboswell at cis.sac.accd.edu
Personal email should be directed to gboswellsac at yahoo.com
San Antonio College Dept. CIS (210)-733-2866
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