April 23, 2018

Connecting to a Wireless LAN with Linux, Part 1 - page 5

The Hardware Hokey-Pokey

  • January 30, 2005
  • By Carla Schroder
Copy the Windows .inf driver to your Linux system, then run this command to load the driver in the NdisWrapper, using your real file name of course:
# ndiswrapper -i /wirelessthings/windriver.inf
Verify the installation:
# ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
windriver.inf driver present

If you're not sure if you have wireless support built into your kernel, there are a couple of ways to check. First look in your kernel config file:

$ grep CONFIG_NET_RADIO /boot/config-`uname -r`
Also check your /lib/modules/[kernel version]/kernel/drivers/net/wireless to see if any kernel modules are installed, such as hermes.o, prism54.o, orinoco_cs.o, and so forth.

Come back next week to learn how to configure your wireless adapter on Red Hat--and Debian-type systems, discover what kind of adapters are installed, and tips for building wireless support into a Linux kernel.


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