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silentstone

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Wireless much improved in 5.9!
« on: June 18, 2008, 11:29:24 am »
Don't know what was changed where, but my Atheros-chipped Proxim pcmcia card connects first time  to the home network when running vlwifi, now that I'm on VL 5.9.  In 5.8, I always had to 'dhcpcd ath0' on a command line to get full connectivity.  Or even turn off the interface and turn it back on (plus some) to get completely online.  Very frustrating.

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Re: Wireless much improved in 5.9!
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008, 08:56:36 pm »
I also have an atheros based card and had no problem in 5.8 using wifi-radar.   5.1 was another matter.

FWIW, there is a fully OpenSource atheros module currently under development which will be in the kernel tree soon.  After that we won't be dependent on the proprietary madwifi driver.  At that point all the atheros cards should work in all distributions using a suitable kernel.
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Re: Wireless much improved in 5.9!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2008, 09:32:22 pm »
I also have an atheros based card and had no problem in 5.8 using wifi-radar.   5.1 was another matter.

FWIW, there is a fully OpenSource atheros module currently under development which will be in the kernel tree soon.  After that we won't be dependent on the proprietary madwifi driver.  At that point all the atheros cards should work in all distributions using a suitable kernel.

Get out of my brain cait! I was just reading about the driver not 10 minutes ago. :)

Edit: BTW I'm going to package this up, maybe tomorrow. Looks VERY interesting.
http://wicd.sourceforge.net/
« Last Edit: June 19, 2008, 09:34:50 pm by exeterdad »

silentstone

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Re: Wireless much improved in 5.9!
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2008, 08:31:05 am »
No problem for your atheros card?  Hmm, I'm thinking my card is just special, because I have trouble in some form or another with it in various distro's and networks.  Even now, that fault-free first VL 5.9 usage has become a fond memory, and it's having trouble keeping a good connection on the home network.  Think I'll just grab a long LAN cable and stick with wired for now, and replace this wireless card at the next opportunity.

But I'd like to hear more about the atheros open source driver development.

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Re: Wireless much improved in 5.9!
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2008, 08:53:14 am »
I've got to believe that the problem is your specific card as I know lots of people who use MadWifi drivers for Atheros based cards under Linux and they work flawlessly.  Some distros don't include MadWifi because it requires proprietary Atheros code and on those distros (i.e: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Slackware) I've compiled MadWifi and my cards (I have two) then work perfectly as well.

Information on the new ath5k driver can be found at http://ath5k.org/wiki/About/ath5k.
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Re: Wireless much improved in 5.9!
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2008, 03:56:21 am »
For me and my ipw3945 VLwifi works but it will not auto-connect after a reboot. I followed some tips with no success.
However I was determined to get WICD to work in VL since I use it in Slackware 12.1 and Zenwalk. After using the WICD Slackbuild for Slackware 12.0 and uncommenting the two patches listed in the wicd.Slackbuild file, WICD worked like a charm and autoconnects after a reboot.  ;D

WICD and VL make a great combo for wireless users.  ;)

VL SOHO 5.9 and Zenwalk 5.2