Getting Started with Wireless
Help and Advice on getting your wireless networking card working with Fedora.
Applicable to Fedora Versions
- All Fedora versions
- wireless card you want to get working.
- Some spare time
Doing the Work
Basic description of what will be done and what is expected.
- First we need to find out what wireless network card is installed in your machine, by using one of the following commands.
- Then find out what chipset your wireless card has by looking at the output of step 1, e.g.
- Follow the instructions to get the chipset working with Fedora for your wireless card e.g. / Broadcom / AR5212/AR5213 / Ralink rt2x00 chipset on Fedora 5 ACX100 /ACX111 rtl8187 chipset, for other chipsets check out the wireless page.
- It's worth enabling Network Manager if it's not already installed as this will help manage both wireless and wired network connections.
- It should all now work, so you can connect to the internet.
02:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCIOutput from lsusb
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI
08:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212/AR5213 Multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor (rev 01)
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8197 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0846:4110 NetGear, Inc. MA111 WiFi (v1)
Bus 001 Device 010 : ID 148f:2573 Ralink Technology, Corp
How to testAfter doing the work you should have a working wireless connection. Here's a few commands that will help you Troubleshoot any problems you still have
Common problems and fixes
|Your machine is currently running Windows and you want to check the network card will work in Fedora .||Read some classic RHL9 hardware documentation or in Windows, Start > Run > msinfo32 > Components > Network > Adapter, will give you the name of the Adapter you have installed. Check to see if this is supported in Fedora.|
We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into
problems, if you do, come to #fedora on irc.freenode.net