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    Default Connect to a previously set-up network

    I'm sorry if this seems very basic, but I can't find how to view existing networks in range of my laptop. I've got a BT Broadband Hub, and I've been able to get internet wirelessly from it to a different Windows laptop for while, it just appears as another wireless network.

    I've looked around the KDE Help Centre and searched on this forum but I can't find anything that has helped. In the KnetworkManager -> Options -> Show Networks, there's only the two options of Fallback and No Fallback. Does this mean that I need to install more drivers for the network card, or does this have nothing to do with wireless networks?

    I am currently connected to the internet via a wired connection to the Hub, which works perfectly. I have OpenSUSE 10.2 with KDE, and (according to the Hardware Information program), the model is an Acer Incorporated [ALI] 88E8038 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller.

    Thank you very much for any help, advice, or information you can give.

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    Default Re: Connect to a previously set-up network

    Did you install any wireless drivers? What wireless card/chipset do you have in the laptop?

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    Default Re: Connect to a previously set-up network

    Quote Originally Posted by harryc56 View Post
    Did you install any wireless drivers? What wireless card/chipset do you have in the laptop?
    When answering harryc56's question, please also take note of the advice in our wireless stickie:
    Welcome - openSUSE Forums
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    Default Re: Connect to a previously set-up network

    Quote Originally Posted by harryc56 View Post
    Did you install any wireless drivers? What wireless card/chipset do you have in the laptop?
    I haven't manually added any drivers so unless they were installed during the main installation there isn't. Is there a way I can check the drivers?

    Sorry for not posting the wireless card and chipset before. I couldn't get the /sbin/lspci -v code to work as there was only one speechmark which was at the end and I thought it was included in the code. I think this is the wireless card:

    0a:03.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC
    (rev 01)
    Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Unknown device 0418
    It seems that Atheros cards aren't supported directly and I need to download MadWiFi. Is that right?

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    Default Re: Connect to a previously set-up network

    Yes, basically you have to add the madwifi repository to YaST online repositories and then install a couple of packages. The details are at the below link. Good luck.

    Hacking openSUSE 10.2 - Sofware in Review

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    Default Re: Connect to a previously set-up network

    Quote Originally Posted by harryc56 View Post
    Yes, basically you have to add the madwifi repository to YaST online repositories and then install a couple of packages. The details are at the below link. Good luck.

    Hacking openSUSE 10.2 - Sofware in Review
    I followed the Wireless advice in the Hacking OpenSUSE guide, and now it works perfectly wirelessly! Thank you very much for your help

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    Default Re: Connect to a previously set-up network

    You're welcome Tim.

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