I am new to Linux (or almost), at least new to wireless networking in Linux.
I spent a few weeks with Ubuntu, happy with almost everything I seen there, but since I am planning to run a small website and an ftp server for private purposes, plus samba to make a file repository accessible from windows machines in the house.
After having trouble activating wireless cards in Ubuntu, I was advised to try some red hat/fedora core distribution.
The machine running the server currently can dual-boot win2003 server or FC4. There is an onboard fast ethernet NIC, and I added the Linksys PCI WLAN card. Under windows, both devices are configured with fixed IPs and the setup works fine.
Under FC4, the built-in NIC works like it should, fixed or DHCP. I installed ndiswrapper 1.7 according to the wiki directions, then installed the WMP54G winxp driver (from the CD, tried also later builds from Linksys).
The wlan0 interface is created, and iwconfig tells me my network is found, essid is correct, signal and quality are as goos as they get. Unfortunately the WAN card won't get an IP from the router, although all security is down, and all MACs are allowed to pair with the router.
dhclient just puts me in a look where I get no IP from the router. Using a fixed IP doesn't work either. Any suggestion ? The problem was identical in Ubuntu, but I know the card works fine, since in win2003 the wireless link is excellent.
I already ordered a cheap A-Link http://www.a-link.com/uk/WL54H.html
which uses a different chipset and is apparently easier to install with the 2.6 kernels.
Any help appreciated !