[Herts] Wireless Networking with Linux

Steve Davies steve at one47.co.uk
Thu Oct 23 09:22:48 BST 2003

On Wed, 22 Oct 2003, Cyberesque wrote:

> #! /bin/bash
> su -c "pump -i wlan0" - root
> I get prompted for the root pw, and assuming I enter it correctly the card
> now has an IP address.  DHCP always worked before automatically with the
> wired eth0 interface, btw.  Also note that I have the following line in
> /etc/network/interfaces:
> iface wlan0 inet dhcp

I'm not sure if the text above was a quote, or a question, but in case it 
was a question:

This looks like a Debian Linux system to me. The first question to ask 
would be whether you have put "wlan0" on the "auto" line in 

auto lo wlan0

Wireless support in Linux is pretty good. If you are using 802.11b, you 
should IMHO buy a card with an orinoco chipset, I have found that these 
just work. I am in the process of upgrading to 802.11g, and that is 
possible, but already proving harder as drivers are not as mature - I am 
using the SMC Prism based cards for this.

Hope that helps,

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