The Linux Kernel (at least 2.6.26) has a driver for the Linksys pc54g pci card.
I have used a minimal debian installation (not even "Standard" or base...)
ifconfig -a //shows wlan0 - the kernel detects the linksys pci wifi card!
I will need to use wpa_supplicant (because my wifi is WPA, not WEP) dpkg --install wpasupplicant_0.6.
BUT that depends on
libnl1_1.1-5_i386.deb libdbus-1-3_1.2.14-3_i386.deb libpcsclite1_1.5.3-1_i386.deb
cd /etc wpa_passphrase ssid > wpa_supplicant.conf //prompts for passkey, after you type it in press enter
wpa_supplicant A tool for enabling WPA and full IEEE 802.11i/RSN/WPA2 WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK (pre-shared key) ("WPA-Personal") WPA with EAP. wpa_supplicant may have a 'broadcom' driver that is used with the proprietary Broadcom driver. The bcm43xx, b43 and b43legacy drivers use the linux wireless extensions properly and so need the wext driver, set using the -D option, and the -B option runs it in the background...
wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -B -Dwext -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
b43-phy0 ERROR: firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware
The above site kindly shows me that my chip IS supported... to verify the chipset
to use lspci I need: pciutils_3....deb which depends on libpci3...deb
sudo lspci -vnn | grep 14e4 //shows whether "legacy" for wifi b
0001:01:01.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
BUT you have to update the firmware code in the kernel... So, download the firmware cutter (b43-fwcutter.deb) and the source code we'll add... BUT ensure you have the right tools for your kernel:
broadcom firmware version: 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124, b43-fwcutter v.12
wget http://packages.debian.org/sid/b43-fwcutter dpkg --install b43-fwcutter_012...deb
Use version 126.96.36.199 of Broadcom's proprietary driver, Download and extract the firmware from this driver tarball:
FIRST: to run tar bzip you need to install dpkg --install bzip2_...deb
cd /home/username/broadcom.bz2-file tar -xjf broadcom-wl-188.8.131.52.tar.bz2 cd /home/username/broadcom-wl-184.108.40.206/kmod
Now run the following commands to put it all together...
sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" /home/username/broadcom-wl-220.127.116.11/kmod/wl_apsta.o
alternatively, first change directory, then... cd /home/username/broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168/kmod/ sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta.o
AND if, as is often the case, the "export" command doesn't quite work... cd /lib ... if necessary, mkdir /lib/firmware sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ wl_apsta.o
The desired result:
ID : FW11 filename: wlapsta.o
Extracting b43/ucode5.fw ... etc.
wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf Control+z bg dhclient wlan0
nano /etc/resolv.conf //dhclient will fill this out //but i prefer simply name-server 10.0.0.138
ip addr show //should show you your new ip address and gateway ping 10.0.0.138
route add default gw 10.0.0.138 //ensure that the gateway is saved
ping www.google.com //should now work
ALSO, FOR SPEED just use a static ip address...
Don't make wlan0 auto! otherwise it won't use wpa_supplicant...
iface wlan0 inet static address 10.0.0.10 netmask 255.255.255.0 network 10.0.0.0 broadcast 10.0.0.255 gateway 10.0.0.138 dns-nameservers 10.0.0.138
test that it's working manually...
/etc/init.d/networking force-reload ifup wlan0 ip addr show
Whenever I have problems I just have to run the script below:
wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
Then type ifup wlan0
then ping 10.0.0.138
Call a script from the last thing to run at boot time:
nano /etc/rc.d/rc.local /home/username/bin/MY-WIFI-STARTUP.sh
wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf ifup wlan0
OLD NOTES - INIT.D METHOD DOES NOT SEEM TO WORK
425.423903] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
APPARENTLY the startup using rc.d was too early in the boot process...
dhclient wlan0 is apparently unnecessary if it's in the startup
mv MY-wpa-startup.sh /etc/init.d/
update-rc.d -n MY-wpa-startup.sh defaults // -n shows us a preview
K = Kill, S = Start, so run level 1 would kill the script, but run level 2 will Start the script (which is what we want)...
update-rc.d -f MY-wifi-start-wpa.sh remove Removing any system startup links for /etc/init.d/MY-wifi-start-wpa.sh ...