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    Debian without wires
    Posted on Monday, November 26 @ 22:01:14 GMT

    There seems to be lots of interest in using wireless connectivity with Debian, however there seems to be lacking information and support for this. If you have any success stories, hints and tips or specific problems post a comment below.

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  • "Debian without wires" | Login/Create Account | 11 comments

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    Wireless support already in place (Score: 1)
    by l0l0 on Monday, November 26 @ 22:49:12 GMT
    (User Info)

    As most wireless equipment is PCMCIA and looks like an ethernet to the machine there is not much need for support. The pcmcia-cs should contain everything you need.

    A big problem though is that the old 2Mbps wireless cards based on the PRISM 1 chipset are not supported with kernel 2.4 anymore as the driver has not been maintained for a long time (And had OOps kind of bugs before too)


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    prism chipset (Score: 1)
    by MonkeyMaster on Sunday, December 02 @ 01:06:26 GMT
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    This is likely a myth. The trick is that one needs to switch over to the orinoco_cs driver in /etc/pcmcia/config (do a global search-and-destroy for wvlan_cs). I use prism cards all day long with no trouble this way.

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    Security of connection should be considered also. (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, November 26 @ 23:29:05 GMT

    You may want to look at securing your wireless connection too using something like IPSec. I think this is what NASA did using OpenBSD.

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    wireless kernels (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 @ 02:08:30 GMT

    The biggest blocker AFAIK is that you don't have any packaged kernels and pcmcia modules with wireless support compiled in.

    To get connect to anything but the most poorly setup wireless network, you'll need to set the ESSID (network name), encryption key, and possibly a few others wich can only be done using iwconfig from the wireless-tools package. iwconfig needs wireless support compiled into the kernel and pcmcia modules (if any).

    So, on your typical Debian system, you need to do the following:

    - apt-get install wireless-tools

    - build and install your kernel with wireless support:

    Network device support >

    Wireless LAN (non-hamradio) >

    Wireless LAN (non-hamradio): yes

    - build and install the pcmcia modules (if you are using a pcmcia wireless card)

    - reboot, configure.

    Configuration for pcmcia cards is easily done via /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts, but I've never configured a non-pcmcia Linux system for wireless, so maybe someone who has could pipe up?

    Lastly, if yuo are using pcmcia wireless cards, early support for them in 2.4 was broken or missing, so yuo are better off using the standalone pcmcia modules, rather than the builtin ones. This may have changed recently, but I haven't tested it, and besides, using the pcmcia modules is slightly more bleeding-edge. 8)



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    Re: wireless kernels (Score: 1)
    by ilmari (ilmari -at- ziggen -dot- com) on Wednesday, November 28 @ 01:07:53 GMT
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    Configuration for pcmcia cards is easily done via /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts, but I've never configured a non-pcmcia Linux system for wireless, so maybe someone who has could pipe up?

    Do non-PCMCIA wireless cards even exist? The ones I have seen have just been PCI->PCMCIA bridges with regular PCMCIA wireless adapters stuck in them.

    These use the same chipsets as the PCMCIA bridges in laptops, so the approach should be the same.

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    Re: wireless kernels (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 @ 07:01:23 GMT

    "Do non-PCMCIA wireless cards even exist?"


    You are right, however. Most are PCI PCMCIA bridges, but there are a few normal cards around. The old WaveLAN 2M ISA cards were very popular, back in the day.

    I remember, I was on my way to Shelbyville, and I was wearing an onion on my belt, as was the fashion at the time.. ohh, wait.. I'm not that old.. 8)

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    Re: wireless kernels (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 @ 11:17:37 GMT


    Im sitting here with my debian (2.4.5 kernel with WLan (non-hamradio) support compiled in and a compaq-card. (WL110)

    the cardmanager is up and running and cardinfo identifies the card upon insertion as:

    D-Link DWL-650 11MBits Wireless Lan Adapter.

    I've build the modules in the pcmcia-cs package with 'make configure', 'make all' and 'make install' - no problems. (except make-kpkg wouldn't do the job)

    can u or anyone help me out at this, please?

    my mail:

    thx 🙂


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    Re: wireless kernels (Score: 1)
    by mage on Wednesday, November 28 @ 21:51:28 GMT
    (User Info)

    Hi all,

    asked kind of same question earlier and got some very nice answers... I got my DWL-500 card working with drivers ... had to compile kernel, install latest pcmcia-cs with samsung magiclan drivers and voila !

    Please check

    for good information (not my made)

    strenght and honor,


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    Re: Debian wiithout wires (Score: 1)
    by asuzuki (as at cynox dot ch) on Tuesday, November 27 @ 17:39:46 GMT
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    I have a Cisco 350 Wirless Ethernet card working flawlessly with a 2.4.13 kernel. I have compiled both the kernel and the pcmcia-modules and built them into seperate debian packages.

    BTW: I study Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (, most of the buildings are covered with WLAN... you can download with about 500 Kilos per second over a wireless link.... apt-get update & upgrade never worked smoother 😉

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    Re: Debian without wires (Score: 1)
    by asjo on Friday, November 30 @ 21:32:23 GMT
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    I'm using Debian on an orange Apple iBook with an Airport card and an Apple Airport basestation. Works nicely.


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    one experience which ought be good to Debianize (Score: 1)
    by silpol on Friday, April 12 @ 21:35:44 BST
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    Open Access Point

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