I've used Linux for a long time, but never really needed to get into hardware and drivers and all that. Now that I'm trying to install a Wireless LAN USB adapter (Belkin F7D4101), I'm finding the Googling and Linux forums to be... daunting.
Surely there's a simple procedure one can follow to connect to a wireless network in Linux? Contrary to what The Internets seem to assume, I don't use Ubuntu or any kind of X. I'm on Slackware (12, I think... It's been a while since I installed it) with kernel 126.96.36.199 and it's all command-line (that machine doesn't even have a monitor on it).
Keeping in mind that I don't know much about drivers in Linux, couldn't tell you how to use modprobe for anything, can barely navigate my way through finding what hardware is recognized, etc... Can anybody help with a simple guide for setting this up? I remember colleagues having these same problems with 802.11B PCMCIA cars 10 years ago. Have things not improved since then?
All I know so far is:
- My installation was a "full" from the Slackware DVD.
- The USB bus sees it:
> cat /proc/bus/usb/devices ...[snip]... T: Bus=01 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=03 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=480 MxCh= 0 D: Ver= 2.00 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1 P: Vendor=050d ProdID=615a Rev= 0.01 S: Manufacturer=Belkin Wireless Networks S: Product=Play Wireless USB Adapter S: SerialNumber=0 C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=a0 MxPwr=200mA I:* If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 3 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=02 Prot=ff Driver=(none) E: Ad=81(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 16 Ivl=1ms E: Ad=82(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 512 Ivl=0ms E: Ad=03(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 512 Ivl=125us
- lsusb sees it:
> lsusb Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 002: ID 050d:615a Belkin Components Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
- iwconfig doesn't see it:
> iwconfig lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions.
- ifconfig doesn't see it:
> ifconfig eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 90:fb:a6:32:a3:38 inet addr:192.168.0.10 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::92fb:a6ff:fe32:a338/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:2169 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:1153 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:229315 (223.9 KiB) TX bytes:249847 (243.9 KiB) Interrupt:27 Base address:0xc000 lo Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 RX packets:82 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:82 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:4340 (4.2 KiB) TX bytes:4340 (4.2 KiB)
I'm found a wiki page for configuring the network itself once the adapter is up and running, and all of that seems to make sense. But everything I find for actually getting the adapter up and running isn't helping so far. It's all forum posts from years ago or very distro-specific or assuming something like "it's easy... all you need to do is follow these vague steps which assume you've done this before and know what you're doing already."
Can anybody help?