In March I had written a post related to Wireless using W200 on openSUSE 10.3 which happens to be one of the most viewed entry on this blog. Since I wrote that post openSUSE 11.0 has been released and hence am posting an updated version of this howto.
- The instructions below have worked for me and tested on Compaq EVO N610c running openSUSE 11.0 (184.108.40.206-0.1-pae). YMMV. I am not responsible for loss of data or damage to your machine.
- Using KNetwork Manager with W200 causes system to hang up. Use ifup instead. (On SUSE forums it has been mentioned that my post is wrong and you do not need to disable KNetwork Manager. However I have to admit I have not figured out a way to make W200 work with KNetwork Manager).
- I have only tested with WEP. Do not know the status of WPA/WPA2. If you do test with WPA/WPA2 I would appreciate your feedback.
- You need to repeat these steps after any kernel updates.
Check your kernel version
Using YaST Software Management install the following packages
Configure the kernel
Before we proceed further we need to configure the kernel source
cd /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build/ su (root password) cp /boot/config-$(uname -r) .config make oldconfig make prepare
Downlading the driver
Download the suitable revision of the orinoco_usb driver from SVN. For me revision 1300 has worked correctly.
svn co -r 1300 https://orinoco.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/orinoco/branches/usb/
Compile and install the driver
cd usb make sudo make install
Download the firmware
The firmware directory has a script that makes this task easier
cd firmware ./get_ezusb_fw
Copy firmware to appropriate location
sudo cp orinoco_ezusb_fw /lib/firmware
Activating the adapter
Almost there … load driver into the kernel
sudo /sbin/modprobe -v orinoco_usb
The tiny green light on the side of W200 should come on. Eureka!!! (if it did not come on, try rebooting)
Disable KNetwork Manager and Configure wireless card
- Start YaST and select Network Devices->Network Settings
- You should see “Compaq WLAN Multiport W200″ listed there with “Not configured” in the IP Address column
- Before we proceed we need to disable use of KNetwork Manager. Click on “Global Options” tab and select “ifup” instead of KNetwork Manager
- Click on “Overview” tab
- Select “Compaq WLAN Multiport W200″ and click the “Edit” button
- Click on “General” tab. Select “At Boot Time” under “Device Activation”
- Click on “Address Tab”. Select “Dynamic Address DHCP” or Statically Assigned IP Address depending on your network setup.
- Click on “Next” button
- On Wireless Device Settings select “Managed” under “Operating Mode” and other options to match your network settings (reminder I have only tested with WEP. If you do test with WPA/WPA2 do send me your feedback)
- Click “Next” button
- Click “Finish” button
Configure Wireless Connection
Now you need to configure the wireless connection and since we have disabled KNetwork Manager all this needs to be done via command line. It is very easy to do and the command that does this is iwconfig.
iwconfig <interface> essid <ESSID> key <wirelesskey> mode <managed|master|secondary|ad-hoc|monitor|repeater|auto>
Example (Open Terminal Window and run)
sudo /usr/sbin/iwconfig eth1 essid "Linksys" key abcd1234 mode managed
susegeek has a good post on using iwconfig to configure wireless.
You now need to stop start your wireless card for the changes to take effect. Open Terminal Window and run
sudo /sbin/ifdown eth1 sudo /sbin/ifup eth1
Open Terminal Window and run
to see if you have obtained IP address.
The final step of the journey is to make sure you can surf the internet. To truly test this we should disable the wired network card
sudo /sbin/ifdown eth0
Now see if you are able to traceroute
If you did not get any errors you should be able to launch Firefox or Konqueror and surf your favorite web sites.
Prevent KNetwork Manager from auto starting
KNetwork Manager hangs while using W200. I have not been able to figure out how to get W200 to work with KNetwork Manager. In SUSE forms it has been mentioned that my instructions are incorrect and KNetwork Manager does work with W200 if you use wpa_supplicant package. I would appreciate if someone could tell me how I can update this post entry which could help other openSUSE users as well.
To prevent KNetwork Manager from auto starting when machine is started open the Terminal Window and run the following command
sudo mv /opt/kde3/share/autostart/knetworkmanager-autostart.desktop $HOME/
Modify boot.local file
In my testing I noticed that when the laptop was rebooted the DNS settings would not stick. I got around this by modifying the /etc/init.d/boot.local file
sudo vi /etc/init.d/boot.local
and add the line
Save the file and reboot the laptop and ensure you are able to connect to the internet via the wireless card.
I am not sure why I had to run iwconfig in addition to wireless card configuration made via YaST. Maybe just running dhclient would have sufficed but the steps above are the sequence I followed and it worked out all right. I would appreciate your feedback. Good luck!!!2 comments