which driver for Centrino N-1000 Wireless chip?
Have not been able to connect through Wi-Fi on a Toshiba Satellite with the Centrino N-1000 wireless chip under any mode other than wide open (no security, which is not acceptable). Intel's site for open source Linux drivers says there's a driver named iwlwifi that's included in the kernel since 2.6.34 (I'm at 2.6.37 with openSuse 11.4/32-bit). However, the default install puts the module iwlagn in place rather than iwlwifi. Has anyone with connection problems tried changing the driver module for this Wi-Fi chip? Is there any danger to the hardware? If not, I'm inclined to test the alternate driver since it is among the files in the distribution. To change via modprobe, the man pages (8) warns that a kernel may not allow changing modules. Can I make this module swap in openSuse?
Not having ventured this deep into configurations before, some additional questions:
--Is there any danger of permanent harm? That is, is it possible to create a problem that can't be solved by re-installing the OS?
--Is a reboot necessary? If not, is there a propagation delay before other components are aware of the new driver?
-- Should the network services be restarted (e.g., through Yast)? I'm assuming yes.
-- Is it possible that I'm missing something in the assignment of a key? The router wants a 64-character hex string for a key but "iwconfig wlan0 key xx...xx" returns an error: invalid argument.
Thanks in advance.
openSUSE 12.2 64-bit / KDE