[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.

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


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