RE: Linksys 54g Support - PLEASE!

From: Callahan, Michael (
Date: 07/01/05

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    To: For users of Fedora Core releases <>
    Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 21:53:36 -0500

    Apparently the WPC11 could work under Linux, I wonder if these instructions
    would work for the 54G?

    To get your WPC11 to work under Linux you must first go to get the most current version
    of the linux-wlan-ng drivers.

    Once you've downloaded, make sure you're in the console, not X (If you're in
    x you may run into problems).

    You also must be logged in as root, if you're not simple do:

    su - then hit Enter and you will be prompted for your root password.

    Make sure the card is not inserted!!!

    Once you've downloaded the file you will need to go to the directory you
    downloaded it to and do:

    tar zxvf linux-wlan-ng*.tar.gz

    This will un tar the compressed driver. After you do this go into the
    director that was created by typing in:

    cd linux-wlan-ng, then hit [tab] and tab completion should fill out the

    Once you're in the directory, type in:


    This will start the configuration script. You will be prompted for:

    "Build Prism2.x PCMCIA Card Services (_cs) driver? (y/n) [y]:" type y for
    yes, and hit Enter

    "Build Prism2 PLX9052 based PCI (_plx) adapter driver? (y/n) [n]:" type n
    for no, and hit Enter

    "Build Prism2.5 native PCI (_pci) driver? (y/n) [n]:" type n for no, and hit

    "Build Prism2.5 USB (_usb) driver? (y/n) [n]:" type n for no, and hit Enter

    "Linux source directory [/usr/src/Linux]:" by default this should be where
    your kernel is located, if it's located in a different place please input
    the path. Else hit Enter

    "pcmcia-cs source dir [/usr/src/pcmcia-cs-3.1.XX]:" by default this should
    be where your card services are located, if it's located in a different
    place please input the path. Else hit Enter

    "Build for Kernel PCMCIA? (y/n) [n]:" type n for no, and hit Enter

    "PCMCIA script directory [/etc/pcmcia]:" by default this should be where
    your PCMCIA scripts are located, if it's located in a different place please
    input the path. Else hit Enter

    "Alternate target install root directory on host []:" hit Enter

                "Module install director [/lib/modules/2.*.**]:" this will
    depending on where your module directory is, and the *.** depends on what
    kernel you're running, if you've got another install directory please input
    it. Else hit Enter

    "Target Architecture? (i386, ppc, arm, or alpha) [i386]:" this prompt is for
    the type of processor you use, i386 is Intel/AMD based systems (IBM Clones).
    If you're running a IBM clone, just hit Enter, else input the type of
    Architecture you're using and hit Enter

    "Prefix for build host compiler? (rarely needed) []:" just hit Enter here
    unless you're sure

    "Compiling with a cross compiler? (y/n) [n]:" Type n and hit Enter unless
    you're compiling with a cross compiler.

    "Build for debugging (see doc/config.debug) (y/n) [n]:" Type n and hit Enter

    Then you should get a message saying "Configuration Successful"

    Once you're back at a prompt, type in:

    make all and hit Enter, this will cause the drivers to compile.

    Once the compiler is done, do make install or checkinstall (check install is
    an optional download that makes allows you to remove packages vi the Package

    Once this is done, type:

    cd /etc/pcmcia

    then vi wlan-ng.opts

    Once the file comes up in vi hit esc then i to start insertion

    First you will need to change the option WLAN_ENABLE=n to WLAN_ENBLE=y (Note
    some times this is listed twice)

    Scroll down and look for "SELECT STATION MODE", make sure that IS_ADHOC= is
    set to n, so it would be IS_ADHOC=n


    set the desiredSSID="" (By default this is set to linux-WLAN) to what ever
    the SSID is set to on your network.

    If you're using WEP the options for WEP are listed above, however you will
    need to enter your key manually. Read the instructions under "WEP" for more

    Once you've done this hit esc then : then x then Enter to save and exit. If
    you want to exit with out saving hit esc then : then q! then Enter

    Now that you have that done, restart your system, (When LILO comes up insert
    the WPC11).

    Once linux has loaded, you will need to log in as root again.

    If you have an internal NIC, you will need to disable it. To do this type:

    ifconfig eth0 down

    Once that is done type:

    ifconfig wlan0 up

    Once that is done you can configure the wireless connection with a static IP
    or you can use DHCP by doing:

    dhcpcd wlan0

    Once that is done you should able to communicate wirelessly.

    *Please note that Linksys does not offer phone nor E-mail support of the
    Linux operating system. This information is strictly informational only and
    Linksys is not responsible for any damage/data loss done to your OS by
    following these instructions. You must do this at your own risk.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Ryan []
    Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:29 PM
    To: For users of Fedora Core releases
    Subject: Re: Linksys 54g Support - PLEASE!

    You really should write Linksys asking for their help, and indicate that
    future purchases will be influenced by driver support.

    On Thu, 2005-06-30 at 22:28 +0200, Alexander Dalloz wrote:
    > > Isn't there a guru out there... someone out there... that can PLEASE
    > > write a FC4 driver and config to support my poor little Linksys 54G
    > > card that has been sitting on a shelf ever since I switched

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