prism54 wireless configuration

Byron Poland wpoland at
Mon Sep 20 23:06:27 UTC 2004

On Mon, 20 Sep 2004 15:48:15 -0700, Clayton Anderson <anderc at> wrote:
> Hi Byron,
> I didn't know how to respond to your message because I found it in the
> archive list, and I am new to these lists anyway.
> After reading this Prism54-on-Debian documentation:
> I think you want to put the firmware in either
> /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/ or /usr/local/lib/firmware/.  I believe you
> said you put it in /usr/hotplug/firmware.  I have an SMC-2802W PrismGT
> card and had the same experience as you.  After I copied the firmware
> to the right directory (and configure /etc/network/interfaces),
> everything worked fine.
> Clayton

Turns out my notebook experiences an acpi pci irq routing bug, so I
added pci=noacpi to my boot options, and the card  semi working now. 
I just can't get it to get a dhcp lease passed through my accesspoints
from my router.  I have an airport express and a linksys wap11 and
while the card can see them, (iwlist shows both) and iwconfig looks
right, I can't seem to get a dhcp lease.  The card worked with both
aps in other distros though.

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