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slackware:rt2xxx [2006/08/18 22:21]
alien The downloaded SlackBuild is not executable, use 'sh'
slackware:rt2xxx [2008/09/11 11:52]
alien WPA configuration information has it's own page now.
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-===== The rt2x00 project ===== 
-Wireless cards based on RaLink's chipsets are very well-suited for Linux computers. RaLink actively supports Linux and the Open Source community by releasing the code for a driver and configuration utility. Based on that code, a re-developed driver for these cards is hosted at [[http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com]]. This driver (although still in beta) is working good and is quite stable. It is different from other modern wireless drivers in that it has built-in WPA support. It is not dependent on a third-party tool like [[http://hostap.epitest.fi/wpa_supplicant/ | wpa_supplicant]]. The rt2x00 driver will eventually replace the current rt2400, rt2500 and rt2570 drivers. 
-=== Getting the software === 
-I maintain a Slackware package for the rt2500 driver (54Mbit wireless cards) [[http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/rt2500/ | here]]. Install a package for your release of Slackware (the version number should correspond with your running kernel) or build your own package using the [[http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/rt2500/build/rt2500.SlackBuild | SlackBuild script]] and the other files found in that location. An easy way to download all source files in one command is <code> 
-lftp -c "open http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/rt2500/; mirror build" 
-</code> When this command completes, you will end up with a subdirectory called "//build//" in your current directory. Build the package as follows: <code> 
-cd build 
-sh rt2500.SlackBuild 
-</code> THe resulting package will be created in the ''/tmp'' directory and can be installed with (for example) <code> 
-installpkg /tmp/rt2500-1.1.0.b3_2.6.13-i486-1.tgz 
-=== Loading and configuring the rt2500 driver === 
-After installing the software, a simple <code>/sbin/modprobe rt2500</code> is enough to load the driver. A reboot would do the same, if you have enabled hotplug. Without hotplug, you can add the line ''/sbin/modprobe rt2500'' to the end of either <code>/etc/rc.d/rc.netdevice</code> or  <code>/etc/rc.d/rc.modules</code> so that the driver will load upon boot.\\ 
-This will create an network device called //__ra0__// . Slackware since release 10.2 can handle network devices that are not called //ethX// and you can have a look at the [[#sample_configuration | sample configuration below]]. For older releases of Slackware, you can have a look at [[http://www.slackware.com/~alien/rc_scripts/ | my updated network scripts]] that are written as a drop-in replacement for your current //rc.inet1// and/or //rc.wireless// scripts (if you upgrade, upgrade them both!). 
-=== Sample configuration === 
-Taken from my ''/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf'', your configuration for a rt2x00 driven card could look like this (several parameter values are specific to your own network and you should edit where appropriate): 
-# Config information for ra0: 
-WLAN_IWPRIV[5]="AuthMode=WPAPSK EncrypType=TKIP WPAPSK=1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234" 
-The last line (//WLAN_IWPRIV[5]//) is the necessary configuration for WPA. The 64-character string '//12345.....901234//' I copied in there should be replaced by your Access Point's 64-character hexadecimal WPA key. 

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