Re: SUSE 10

On Wed, 28 Dec 2005 18:20:37 +0100, Norbert Kaiser wrote:

> Hi,
> i have a WLAN Card from Netgear WG111 USB. It does not work ! Modprobe
> says it works and it appears in the USB Adapters. It has to connect to a
> Fritz Box SL Wlan and get an IP Adress, but nothing happens ?
> what can i do ?
> System SUSE 10, AMD 2000 +. 512 MB RAM, 2 x HDD Seagate, Geforse 4 TI,
> AC 97 on board,
> 2 Printers als on USB ; Epson stylus C 64, HP L 4. and a Webcam. These
> things work, sorry for my bad English Greetings Norbert

This one is not the same,but it may help you anyway:

***************************************************************** Netgear
MA111 USB Wireless Howto

I have a number of wireless devices all of which use either the Netgear
MA111 USB device, or the Netgear MA301 PCI Card. I don't use a wireless AP
or router - I simply connect these in an ad-hoc manner, but the
instructions below are specific to this.

1 Get the source
First of all you need to get the source code from The
version I use is 0.2.1-pre20 which was the latest release out at the time
I set my network up

2 Unpack the source
Once you have the tarball unpack this in /usr/src. Note you must have the
kernel source for the running kernel available as you will be building a
kernel module to use the device

3 Configuration: make config
To make the module run
make config
This will ask you one by one which module to compile: -------------- Linux
WLAN Configuration Script -------------

The default responses are correct for most users.

Build Prism2.x PCMCIA Card Services (_cs) driver? (y/n) [n]: Build Prism2
PLX9052 based PCI (_plx) adapter driver? (y/n) [n]: Build Prism2.5 native
PCI (_pci) driver? (y/n) [y]: Build Prism2.5 USB (_usb) driver? (y/n) [y]:

You will then be asked for the location of the kernel source code Linux
source directory [/usr/src/linux-2.6.5-1.358]:

The kernel source tree is version 2.6.6-1.435.2.3custom. Kernel 2.5/2.6
support is highly experimental. The current kernel build date is Sun Jul
25 19:21:41 2004.

As you can see here if you are using the Linux 2.6 code it is marked as
experimental but it works well From here you can accept all the defaults
for the rest of the questions Alternate target install root directory on
host []: Module install directory [/lib/modules/2.6.6-1.435.2.3custom]:

It looks like you have a System V init file setup.

Prefix for build host compiler? (rarely needed) []:

Build for debugging (see doc/config.debug) (y/n) [n]:

Configuration successful.

4 Compilation: make all
Once you have configured what drivers to compile run: make all
This will compile against your kernel source and at the end you will have
a module.

5 Installation: make install
Once compilation has complete you have to install the module which will
put the module in the right place on the system so it can be loaded by the
kernel. To do this run: make install

6 System Configuration
The linux-wlan module gives you devices named wlanX on your system which
are synonymous with the standard ethX devices you find. So with this in
mind you need to edit your network settings for wlan0. I use Red Hat,
TaoLinux and Fedora and these are all "Red Hat" and therefore I edit/add a
file called /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0 with the following
#Netgear MA111 USB Wireless

Of course, this if you use DHCP - alter to suit if you use static
networking Once this is done you need to tell the kernel about the module
and the device it uses. For Linux 2.4 put the following in
/etc/modules.conf. For 2.6 put it in modprobe.conf: alias wlan0 prism2_usb
Once that has done you need to configure the wlan configuration. This is
done in /etc/wlan directory. Edit the file:
Here you set various options to do with your environment. The config I use
is below: WLAN_DEVICES="wlan0"
ChannelList="01:02:03:04:05:06:07:08:09:0a:0b:00:00:00" ChannelMinTime=200

I've removed the comments leaving only the needed options. For this to
work you also need to copy the file wlancfg-DEFAULT to wlancfg-yourSSID
which matches up to this SSID in wlan.conf above. Now edit this file.
The important parts in this file are the WEP enabled sections, the KEYs
section and what type of network you run (ad-hoc [host to host] or
infrastructure [wireless AP]). This file is quite lengthy, but well
documented so I'm not going to reproduce this here. Note for security this
file is only rwx for Root only as it holds your encryption keys for WEP.

7 Start-up
The source installs an init script in /etc/init.d/ called wlan. So run
this and you should see an interface called wlan0 when you do ifconfig and


Netgear WG511 with WPA on SuSE 10.0

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By incognite on Sun, 2004-08-29 06:44

thanks for the guide, im having a few problems with the make all command
though, when i try it i get the following.

[root@localhost linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20]# make all

set -e; for d in src doc man etc; do make -C $d ; done

make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src'

set -e; for d in mkmeta p80211 prism2 shared wlanctl wland nwepgen
wlancfg; do make -C $d ; done

make[2]: Entering directory

gcc -E -M -I../include -I/usr/src/linux-2.6.8-1.521/include
-D__LINUX_WLAN__ ../shared/p80211types.c ../shared/p80211metamsg.c
.../shared/p80211metamib.c ../shared/p80211meta.c mkmetadef.c
.../shared/p80211types.c ../shared/p80211metamsg.c
.../shared/p80211metamib.c ../shared/p80211meta.c mkmetastruct.c > .depend

mkdir -p obj

make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src/mkmeta'

make[2]: Entering directory

if test ! -d
/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src/p80211/../.tmp_versions; then \

cp -rf /usr/src/linux-2.6.8-1.521/.tmp_versions
/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src/p80211/../ ; \


cp: cannot stat `/usr/src/linux-2.6.8-1.521/.tmp_versions': No such file
or directory

make[2]: *** [default] Error 1

make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src/p80211'

make[1]: *** [all] Error 2

make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src'

make: *** [all] Error 2

[root@localhost linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20]#

Any Idea's? Im running Fedora 2 with everything updated possible....

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance


By incognite on Sun, 2004-08-29 08:42

Ok fixed that part by just making a folder called .tmp_versions where it
was looking but now i get another error when i try and run make install.

[root@localhost linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20]# make install

find . -name .depend -exec rm {} \;

set -e; for d in src doc man etc; do make -C $d install ; done

make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src'

set -e; for d in p80211 prism2 shared wlanctl wland nwepgen mkmeta
wlancfg; do make -C $d install ; done

make[2]: Entering directory

mkdir -p ?/lib/modules/2.6.8-1.521custom/kernel/drivers/net

cp p80211.ko ?/lib/modules/2.6.8-1.521custom/kernel/drivers/net

make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src/p80211'

make[2]: Entering directory

mkdir -p ?/etc/wlan

cp shared.prism2 ?/etc/wlan

mkdir -p ?/etc/wlan/

cp *pda ?/etc/wlan/

for x in *.hex ; do \

if [ -f "$x" ] ; then \

cp $x ?/etc/wlan//prism2_`echo $x | cut -c1-2`.hex ; \

fi; \


set -e; for d in driver ridlist download; do make -C $d install ; done

make[3]: Entering directory

cp prism2_pci.ko prism2_usb.ko

cp: `?/lib/modules/2.6.8-1.521custom/kernel/drivers/net': specified
destination directory does not exist

Try `cp --help' for more information.

make[3]: *** [install] Error 1

make[3]: Leaving directory

make[2]: *** [install] Error 2

make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src/prism2'

make[1]: *** [install] Error 2

make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20/src'

make: *** [install] Error 2

[root@localhost linux-wlan-ng-0.2.1-pre20]#

Tried making a folder like before but didnt work. :(

Any suggestions?

By exodist on Sat, 2004-09-11 01:32

I got it installed just fine, did the modprobe and am now trying to
configure it (gentoo, do-it-yourselfer) I tried ifconfig and nothing
showed up for wlan0, so I tried ifconfig wlan0 and got some data saying it
was ethernet, but no hardware address, I tried giving it an ip ifconfig
wlan0 and got: SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such device

I have configured the wlancfg and wlan-mySSID (I replaced it wit my SSID)
and gave it the wep configurations, but it just does not seem to work (and
yes I did load the module) reply

By jarrywhu on Sat, 2004-09-18 10:47

anyone who has made the ma111 working with the "how to"?why I can't?I used
red hat linux whit kernel 2.6.3 reply

Tutorial did one thing...

By exodist on Sat, 2004-09-18 17:49

the tutorial told me where to get the driver, the linux-wlan-ng project,
from there I figured it out on my own (with some frustration) but then
again I am unorthadox and a gentoo user with 5 years of experiance telling
me to do it myself and not use packages or utilities :-D

first I downloaded the driver and ran the script liek mentioned and it
installed the prism2_usb module. I then would do modprobe on the driver
(modprobe prism2_usb) and would get my wlan0 device, but it didn't have a
mac address, and I was unable to use it weather or not it was on a network
with wep encryption. you are probably stuck here as well, type ifconfig
wlan0, is there a mac address? if not that is the problem.

to fix it in gentoo:

use emerge to install linux-wlan-ng: emerge linux-wlan-ng

do not uninstall the manually installed driver however, emerge fails to
place some needed files in /etc/wlan (grrrr) not uninstalling the manual
one will fix this.

then to get the card initilized run /etc/init.d/wlan start

to make initilize at boot type: rc-update add wlan default

that will initilize the card w/ no wep encryption and it will connect to
the first open network it finds. you can use ifconfig wlan0 IP to set the
cards ip, or you can use dhcpcd -t 10 -d wlan0

if you need wep encryption you need to configure /etc/conf.d/wlan.cfg, it
also has further instructions regarding this inside the file.

here is a copy of the /etc/init.d/wlan for those not using gentoo, I doubt
it will work as-is in another distro, but it might give you an idea.


source_config() {

if [ -f /etc/wlan/shared ]


source /etc/wlan/shared


return 1


return 0


start() {

ebegin "Starting WLAN devices"

if ! source_config


eerror "Error loading /etc/wlan/shared"

eend 1

return 1


# NOTE: We don't explicitly insmod the card driver here. The

# best thing to do is to specify an alias in /etc/modules.conf.

# Then, the first time we call wlanctl with the named device,

# the kernel module autoload stuff will take over.



# Do we want to init the card at all?


if ! is_true $WLAN_ENABLE ; then



if is_true $WLAN_DOWNLOAD; then

wlan_download $DEVICE


wlan_enable $DEVICE

#=======MAC STARTUP=========================================

wlan_supports_scan $DEVICE

if [ $? = 0 ] ; then

wlan_scan $DEVICE

if [ $? = 0 ] ; then

wlan_source_config_for_ssid "$ssid:$bssid"

wlan_user_mibs $DEVICE

# make it quiet

error=`eval wlan_wep $DEVICE`

grep 'autojoin' /proc/net/p80211/$DEVICE/wlandev > /dev/null

if [ $? = 0 ]; then

wlan_infra $DEVICE


wlan_dot11_join $DEVICE



echo "network not found. maybe start IBSS?"



wlan_source_config $DEVICE

wlan_user_mibs $DEVICE

# make it quiet

error=`eval wlan_wep $DEVICE`

if is_true $IS_ADHOC ; then

wlan_adhoc $DEVICE


wlan_infra $DEVICE




eend 0


stop() {

ebegin "Shutting Down WLAN Devices"

if ! source_config


eerror "Error loading /etc/wlan/shared"

eend 1

return 1


# Do a reset on each device to make sure none of them are still

# trying to generate interrupts.


# This just makes it quiet...

error="$(eval wlan_disable $DEVICE)"


eend 0


By geekdesign on Tue, 2004-09-21 16:01

I am kind of new to the wireless part of linux I have a MA111 wireless usb
card. I was wondering what kernel I need? I am using 2.4 with redhat 8.0.
Do I need to upgrade to 2.6 or should it be ok with 2.4? If someone knows
an easier version of linux to get it configured, please let me know?

Thanks in advance

By zerogood on Sun, 2004-10-24 20:48

on the first tutorial i tryed to unzip the tar.gz file to /usr/src but it
said i need permission to do this so i tryed to do it in the terminal but
what is the command for unzipping something to somewhere like /usr/src?

By exodist on Tue, 2004-10-26 07:14

you need to be root:

su root


then go to the directory where you want it to extract to (/usr/src)

cd /usr/src

then type:

tar -zxvf path/to/file/thefile.tar.gz

that will extract it intot he current directory. (/usr/src) not into the
directory where the file is located.


tar is the command used for archives (.tar)

gunzip extracts .gz files

bunzip2 extracts bz2 files

however when you have a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 the tar program can take care
of the gunzip or bunzip for you

tar -z file to handle gzip (.gz)

tar -j file to handle bzip2 (bz2)

the -zx means extract from gzip

the -zxv ads verbose so you can see what is happening.

the -zxvf adds something, I am not sure what the f flag does atm, look it
up (tar --help) I know it was important and is screwy if you leave it
out.. been using it 5 years now and never looked it up. reply

By exodist on Tue, 2004-10-26 07:15

looked it up, f needs to be at the end, f means use the file that follows

tar -f filename

tar -zxv[f] filename the filename must be immediately after the f with a
space between.

tar -zfxv filename will nto work it will try to find xv as the filename (I
think) reply

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