[ubuntu-uk] wep key and ubuntu

Steve stevepdrake at googlemail.com
Sun Jun 10 14:57:50 BST 2007


On Sun, 2007-06-10 at 11:51 +0100, Tony Travis wrote:
> Michael Weaver wrote:
> > I think it could well be.
> > Thanks for your suggestion about looking on the Router itself.
> > Might have to get dad to re-install the wireless part, he has done it
> > for his and mum's setup at home because I think they are probably
> > same.
> 
> Hello, Michael.
> 
> You might find this useful when you're setting up wireless networking:
> 
> 	aptitude install wifi-radar
> 
> If your hardware isn't supported directly use:
> 
> 	aptitude install ndiswrapper-utils
> 
> I'm connected to my BT home-hub using a WiFi connection running Ubuntu 
> 6.06.1 LTS on my HP Pavillion dv5000 laptop, using the 'ndis' wrapper 
> for the Broadcom Windows driver I got off the HP Windows installation:
> 
> ndiswrapper -l
> Installed ndis drivers:
> bcmwl5          driver present, hardware present
> 
> I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's got the Linux driver working 
> with Ubuntu Dapper using the Broadcom wireless chipset.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> 	Tony.
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> 

Hi Tony,

I'm using a bcm4306 card (F5D7010uk rev3) with the bcm43xx driver on
Dapper. I have a old Toshiba laptop running as a squid proxy and
apt-cache server. It uses the PCMCIA card to link to the AP downstairs
over WPA-PSK w/ CCMP.

I don't use Network Manager as it's just too unreliable, instead all
configuring is done through wpa_supplicant and /etc/network/interfaces.

The tricky part is locating firmware that works. It's probably easiest
to use a Feisty machine to download and extract the firmware as it has a
more modern version of bcm43xx-fwcutter, then just transfer the *.fw
files into the /lib/firmware folder of the machine with the wifi card.

This wiki page is useful, except for the broken links.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Dapper

Having said all this, in terms of easy setup and wireless throughput
Ndiswrapper is still the better solution.

Steve




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