I am not a member of this list, but I have been trying to make ndiswrapper
work with my realtek card for the past week or so. This evening I have
finally had success, so I thought I should share it with you all.
- IBM Thinkpad 390x, with a gigafast wf721-aex wireless card (rtl8180 chip).
- Debian testing, kernel 2.6.1
- using the drivers from gigafast's website
(http://www.gigafast.com/Support/wirelessDrivers.htm). (I had to run the
installer on a windows machine in order to extract the .inf and .sys file,
which I copied to my laptop.)
- current ndiswrapper CVS as of 3/23.
the procedure I used:
- compiled and installed ndiswrapper from CVS
- installed the driver from gigafast (#ndiswrapper -i NET8180.INF)
- loaded the kernel module (#modprobe ndiswrapper)
- set mode to managed (#iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed)
- set essid to ANY (#iwconfig wlan0 essid any)
- enabled wlan0 interface (#ifconfig wlan0 up)
- requested an IP from my AP (#dhclient wlan0)
.... and lo and behold, the packets began flowing!
The only real departure here from the instructions in the helpfile was the
setting of the essid to "any". With this setting, the card immediately
detected my AP settings and began to communicate with it (evidenced by both
lights on the card beginning to blink).
I hope that this information is helpful for someone! Please let me know if
you'd like more information from me about my setup.
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