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I've just installed Arch Linux. It's core, x86-64. My wireless card is:

06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)

During installation I took care to install "wireless tools".

How can I get my wireless connection to work from here?

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have you tried the network-manager? –  Michael K Jun 5 '12 at 8:06
    
wicd is preferred over network-manager, not accounting everyone has the Gnome base installed, or ventures the orphaned xfce4-xfapplet-plugin) –  invert Jun 5 '12 at 8:34
    
i gave up on arch after the admin insisted i spent tons of time figuring out how to install it. So im not actively following this question up but I can't delete it either because it already has answers. –  Hermann Ingjaldsson Jun 5 '12 at 8:36
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Just follow official Wireless Setup manual on Arch wiki. Driver for Atheros AR5001 is called ath5k.

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Open a terminal and type

modprobe ath5k
iwconfig wlan0 essid "yournetworkname"
wpa_passphrase yourneworkname yourpassphrase > /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

Now open a second terminal an type

wpa_supplicant -Dwext wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

If this doesn't work, just type wpa_supplicant and copy the command from the last line of the help, it should look like the command above.

Now Switch to you first terminal an type

dhcpcd

Now it should work

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