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pifactory
January 9th, 2010, 06:22 PM
I have a linksys wrt54gl wireless router and am running Ubuntu 9.1 netbook remix. After many frustrating hours I am still no further forward trying to get connected to the internet.

It's going to be cheaper and quicker to get a wireless router that does work with Ubuntu.

Suggestions please? Thanks.

underquark
January 9th, 2010, 06:35 PM
I didn't think the router even knew what OS was on the computer(s) connected to it. What wireless device is the computer using to try to connect to the router?

jeffc313
January 9th, 2010, 06:49 PM
I don't think the problem is on the router's side, but on yours. What does

sudo lshw -C network

output so that I can see what wifi card you have?

Grenage
January 9th, 2010, 06:52 PM
Indeed, as far as the router is concerned, it's just a device requesting a DHCP lease (unless you are using static addresses). If there is a problem it is almost certainly with your wireless configuration, or a driver/network manager.

pifactory
January 9th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Thanks for this.

The wireless card is:

AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter

Atheros

The machine is an Eeepc running celeron processor

Does this help? Thanks.

jeffc313
January 9th, 2010, 11:31 PM
you need madwifi drivers for that
http://art.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1163380
edit: 1000 posts! :P

Leppie
January 10th, 2010, 02:39 AM
i am using the wrt54g with ubuntu ;)
works fine for me :)

sanderj
January 10th, 2010, 09:18 AM
you need madwifi drivers for that
http://art.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1163380
edit: 1000 posts! :P

FYI: My Samsung NC-10 apparently has the Athereos AR5001 (see below), and that just works out of the box using plain Ubuntu 9.10.
So the good news for the OP is that he doesn't need any kind of driver hacking...



02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)

jeffc313
January 10th, 2010, 04:37 PM
FYI: My Samsung NC-10 apparently has the Athereos AR5001 (see below), and that just works out of the box using plain Ubuntu 9.10.
So the good news for the OP is that he doesn't need any kind of driver hacking...



02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)


that's funny, because my brother's laptop has the same exact chipset

04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)

and it works with ath_pci (madwifi) but not ath5k

sanderj
January 10th, 2010, 09:36 PM
Maybe this is helpful:


sander@quirinius:~$ lsmod | grep ath
ath5k 124580 0
mac80211 181076 1 ath5k
led_class 4096 1 ath5k
ath 8060 1 ath5k
cfg80211 93052 3 ath5k,mac80211,ath
sander@quirinius:~$


So, does this mean I use the native driver?
FYI 1: it works perfect
FYI 2: I haven't done anything by hand; everything worked out of the box.

jeffc313
January 11th, 2010, 01:44 AM
that is funny. I did a dist-upgrade here, so that could be the issue, but still I don't see why ath5k doesn't work. I'm using ath_pci and it works fine, but with ath5k, I couldn't connect to any networks. I could see them, but not access.

david@celeron:~$ lsmod |grep ath
ath_pci 92284 0
ath_rate_sample 11932 1
wlan 198704 5 ath_pci,wlan_wep,wlan_scan_sta,ath_rate_sample
ath_hal 192272 3 ath_pci,ath_rate_sample