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Re: Configure wireless by hand



"I've got a little netbook and I've put a copy of Fedora 10 on a USB
stick. If I boot up using runlevel 5, I can use the wireless via
NetworkManager. These netbooks don't have the speediest processors so
I'd like to use runlevel 3 most of the time. I haven't been able to get
the wireless to work that way. How can I configure wireless by hand?"


Before NetworkManager got it's act together in F10, I used the following 'wifi-config' script to get wireless working (in F6 and F8). You do need the /etc/resolv.conf file to point to the correct DNS servers for whereever you are. I added the domains for my two main use points (office and home) and the nameserver IP's to resolv.conf and chmod'd it to 644, so NM does not over-write it.
/etc/resolv.conf looks like this:
domain mydomain
search on.aibn.com rogers.com mydomain
nameserver 64.71.255.198
nameserver 198.235.216.134
nameserver 192.168.1.1   # the router as a last gasp try..

My wifi-config script looks like this (substitute your wireless driver for 'iwlagn'):

#!/bin/bash
/sbin/ifdown eth0
hostname=myhostname
/sbin/ifdown wlan0
/sbin/modprobe iwlagn disable_hw_scan=1
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key restricted
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key 12345678901234567890123456  # WEP
#/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key 1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234 #WPA
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid my-site-funny-name   #essid LAST...
# if all else fails try a command like this, too
#/sbin/ifconfig wlan0 inet 192.168.1.81 netmask 255.255.255.0
/sbin/ifup wlan0         # bring it up
# and run ifconfig to see what we got
/sbin/ifconfig
~

Geoff
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