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Newer page: version 4 Last edited on Monday, October 3, 2005 4:01:50 pm by JohnMcPherson
Older page: version 3 Last edited on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 2:54:47 pm by IanMcDonald Revert
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 Ubuntu Linux (5.04) already comes with support for this wireless card out of the box, so you should be all ready to go. However, the older version of the driver that comes with Hoary does not support [WPA] properly, so either manually compile and install the driver from the above link, or use Ubuntu Breezy (currently in development). See the WirelessNetworkSecurityNotes for more. 
 You can download the driver (and the firmware) from, although you will also need to build the ieee80211 support modules which are currently outside of the kernel tree (I think there is a version of them in linux-2.6.13-rc1, so it might be a part of future releases). 
+After re-arranging my network so that the WRT54G was connected directly to the [ADSL] modem rather than to my fileserver, my laptop started getting terrible wireless performance, with frequent (sometimes >4 minute) loss of network for several seconds, and dmesg filling up with  
+ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting.  
+Doing a tcpdump(8) showed that after these pauses, the link received packets like:  
+20:29:42.542584 00:13:10:6c:96:xx > 00:12:f0:8e:e7:xx, ethertype Unknown (0x888e),  
+length 135:  
+ 0x0000: 0203 0075 0200 8a00 1000 0000 0000 0000 ...u............  
+ 0x0010: 5730 ce72 b567 7242 1b5b acfb 21d5 2442 W0.r.grB.[..!.$B  
+Using [Ethereal] instead of tcpdump showed that these packets were EAPOL/encryption key something-or-rather.  
+Anyway, to fix the problem, I told my AccessPoint to only use [TKIP] and not [AES] for encryption. I still don't know why things broke when I didn't change anything on my laptop (using ipw2200 driver version 1.0.5 and firmware version fw-2.3). I think that AES is non-standard for WPA1 anyway, although both AP and wpa_supplicant support it.  
 See also:WirelessChipsets 
 Part of CategoryWireless