Wifi on my Dell Cpx with a Proxim Orinoco 8470WD card
- How I got Wifi Working.
First, I had to determine the chipset of my Wifi NIC. I have a Proxim
Orinoco 802.11b/g Gold Card model 8470-WD.
Doing an 'lspci' gave me the following...
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212
802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
This was a good start but I wanted more.
Doing an 'lspci -n' gave me the following...
02:00.0 Class 0200: 168c:0013 (rev 01)
This is even better.
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/supported_chipsets.html, my card is
supported by the MADwifi drivers.
I'd read other places on the web that said I should use MADwifi and
I'd tried it once already but didn't have any success. As with many
things Linux, I read, tinker, read some more, tinker some more, and
then enjoy success.
I downloaded RPMs for MADwifi from atrpms.net. What doesn't seem to
appear anywhere is the need to download the atrpms package.
Specifically, I downloaded the atrpms-55-1.rhfc2.at.i386.rpm package.
This package apparently provides runtime support for atrpm packages.
Once I'd installed this package, I was able to install the
Finally, a small measure of success! My system could 'see' my Wifi NIC.
Next, I tried an 'ipup ath0'. I got nothing. Drats! What to do? Ah,
yes. I need some kind of configuration... I went to
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts. I cp'ed the ifcfg-eth0 file to
ifcfg-ath0 (cp ifcfg-eth0 ifcfg-ath0) but knew I needed more than just
this to get things up and running. On the MADwifi FAQ
(http://www.mattfoster.clara.co.uk/madwifi-7.htm) page there were some
scripting examples. Below is a sample of my ifcfg-ath0 file.
# Proxim Orinoco Gold 8470
Once I hobbled this together, I did a '/etc/init.d/network restart' to
restart networking and we got an IP and were off and running.
I'm not an expert by any means, but I did want to share a few tips
here to help others. Some of the info I threw in above wasn't so
obvious from what I'd been reading online. Maybe this will help