Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

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gkleynhans
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Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by gkleynhans » 2007/01/27 16:56:59

Hi

There appears to be a problem with my wireless LAN card (ipw2200) configuration that prevents me from setting up
a wireless connection using the Network Administration Tool. The controller is listed by Hardware Browser,
but is not listed under the Hardware-tab of Network Configuration.

Configuration info follows. Any assistance will be highly appreciated.

Thanks

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[root@gkhlinux ipw2200]# lspci | grep Wireless
02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)
[root@gkhlinux ipw2200]# lspci | grep Ethernet
02:06.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado] (rev 78)


[root@gkhlinux ipw2200]# cat /proc/modules | grep ipw2200
ipw2200 102421 0 - Live 0xf8901000
ieee80211 32393 1 ipw2200, Live 0xf8842000

[root@gkhlinux ipw2200]# rpm -qa | grep -i ipw2200
ipw2200-firmware-3.0-3

[root@gkhlinux ipw2200]# uname -a
Linux gkhlinux.world 2.6.9-42.EL #1 Sat Aug 12 09:17:58 CDT 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

[root@gkhlinux ipw2200]# system-config-network-cmd -e | grep Hardware
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Status=ok
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Name=eth0
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Type=Ethernet
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Card.ModuleName=3c59x
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Description=3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M
[Tornado]

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by pjwelsh » 2007/01/27 18:05:52

As a quick thread start, try:
http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos/2005-August/050358.html

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by gkleynhans » 2007/01/29 12:27:51

Since the wireless LAN card on my system is an ipc2100, I investigated the possibility that
the currently installed firmware version (ipw2200-firmware-3.0-3) may be incorrect.

I therefore uninstalled module ipw2200-firmware and installed module ipw2100-firmware-1.3-3.
However, the driver still does not identify the card. After creating a wireless LAN device,
the Intel PRO/Wireless hardware has status 'ok' as eth1, but has type 'Ethernet' and not
'Wireless'. On activating the wireless network device 'eth1', message
'/sbin/ifup: configuration for eth1 not found' is thrown.

I am now investigating the possibility that the ipc2100 requires its own driver module
and that it should not be using the ipc2200 driver built into the kernel. However, I have
not managed to find a rpm for an ipc2100 driver module for kernel version 2.6.9-42.EL.

I need answers to the following questions:

1. Does the built-in ipw2200 driver cater for the ipw2100? If not, which rpm should be
used to install an ipw2100 driver module for this kernel.

2. Which firmware version should be installed for this card?

Advice will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Applicable configuration info follows:

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[root@gkhlinux ~]# lspci | grep Wireless
02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)

[root@gkhlinux ~]# rpm -q ipw2100-firmware
ipw2100-firmware-1.3-3

[root@gkhlinux ~]# dmesg | grep ipw2100
[root@gkhlinux ~]# dmesg | grep ipw
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, git-1.0.10
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2005 Intel Corporation

[root@gkhlinux ~]# uname -r
2.6.9-42.EL
[root@gkhlinux ~]# cat /proc/modules | grep ipw
ipw2200 102421 0 - Live 0xf8901000
ieee80211 32393 1 ipw2200, Live 0xf8842000

[root@gkhlinux ~]# system-config-network-cmd -e | grep Hardware
DeviceList.Ethernet.eth0.HardwareAddress=00:e0:91:03:ee:3d
DeviceList.Wireless.eth1.HardwareAddress=
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Status=ok
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Name=eth0
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Type=Ethernet
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Card.ModuleName=3c59x
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth0.Description=3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado]HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Status=ok
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Name=eth1
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Type=Ethernet
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Card.ModuleName=eepro100
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Description=Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by Lenard » 2007/01/29 12:39:45

[quote]
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Name=eth1
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Type=Ethernet
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Card.ModuleName=eepro100
HardwareList.Ethernet.eth1.Description=Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter
[/quote]

Looks like the wireless device is known, so as root try creating a file named ifcfg-eth1 in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts diectory which looks like;

TYPE=Wireless
DEVICE=eth1
HWADDR=
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
IPADDR=
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY=RoutersInternalIPaddressHere
DOMAIN=
ONBOOT=yes
ONHOTPLUG=no
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=no
PEERDNS=no
ESSID=MyRoutersSSIDnameHere
CHANNEL=1
MODE=Auto
RATE=Auto

Also make sure that /etc/modprobe.conf has a line entry like; alias eth1 eepro100

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by gkleynhans » 2007/01/29 13:39:48

I manually created file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 (attached). Also confirmed that
file /etc/modprobe.conf had line entry 'alias eth1 ieepro100'.

Activating eth1 now throws "eepro100 device eth1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization".

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by gkleynhans » 2007/01/30 07:48:41

I am still stuck with this issue. Can anyone help?

I need answers to the following questions:

1. Does the built-in ipw2200 driver cater for the ipw2100? If not, which rpm should be
used to install an ipw2100 driver module for this kernel.

2. Which firmware version should be installed for this card?

Advice will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Lenard
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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by Lenard » 2007/01/31 02:45:01

I am sorry, it is my mistake............

It should be; that /etc/modprobe.conf has a line entry like; alias eth1 ipw2100


A list of the firmware files;

$ pwd
/lib/firmware

$ ls -al ipw2100*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 209190 Sep 27 2004 ipw2100-1.3.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 201138 Sep 27 2004 ipw2100-1.3-i.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 196458 Sep 27 2004 ipw2100-1.3-p.fw

Get the ipw2100-firmware-1.3-3.noarch.rpm (if needed) from here; http://zod.freshrpms.net/rpm.html?id=173
Do not worry that the rpm looks like it is for FC6, it is a noarch rpm which means it is OK on other Red Hat Linux family versions.

Check that you do have the kernel module ipw2100.ko;
ls -al /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2100*
(that is the back-tick [ ` ] character by the 'Tab' on most keyboards in the command, not the single quote mark [ ' ] character)

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by gkleynhans » 2007/01/31 13:04:30

That does the trick!

After changing the required line entry in /etc/modprobe.conf to 'alias eth1 ipw2100',
the wireless eth1 device can be successfully activated.

Thank you very much for your assistance, Lenard. It is much appreciated.

Regards

Gerhard Kleynhans

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Re: Wireless LAN device not in NAT hardware list

Post by Lenard » 2007/01/31 18:53:04

You are indeed welcome, glad to help. And once again sorry for the mistake earlier.

Enjoy and welcome to Linux

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