How do you connect to wireless internet?

Hey, well I downloaded Opensuse 11 just today, and I installed it no problem, but on the taskbar, when I click internet I have no idea how to connect to my wireless network.

Lots of help would be appreciated. I’m also brand new to this so if you can please, try to make it easy.

Hello ofactor and welcome to the Forums.
There are three types of drivers for a wireless interface. Often you have to install them, like in windows. So please have a read of these introductory materials and then you’ll be in a better position to proceed.:
My wireless doesn’t work - a primer on what I should do next - openSUSE Forums
Madwifi or Ndiswrapper Wireless Network Drivers - Suse/openSUSE 10, 11 - LAN & Internet access

Also, describe your computer and your wireless interface, including brands and models and supply the diagnostics listed in the introductory material.

Hi! I am a little bit of a Linux newbie, but I am trying to get a wireless card to connect.

From the terminal window:
03:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

In YAST, I am seeng:
BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (Not connected)
MAC : 00:90:4b:f5:2f:53
BusID : 0000:03:02.0
• Device Name: wlan0
• Started automatically at boot
• IP address assigned using DHCP4

My passphrase is set, my SSID is correct, WPA is (correctly) selected. It’s a Compaq Presario r4000, and the button that toggles the wireless device is glowing - which I assume means that it’s on.

Should it automaticaly connect on boot at this point? Am I supposed to go into some sort of control panel? (Maybe just because it’s there and set up doesn’t mean it automatically connects?) Or is something not configured right?

I tried installing NDISWRAPPER, which succeeded at every step according to the terminal window output, but I don’t see that listed in YAST. (I’m not sure I should need it.) I did also install the firmware update.

I’m actually hoping it’s something really dumb, like, you need to click so-and-so to tel it to connect, but so far I haven’t found a “so-and-so.”

Help would be most deeply appreciated.

I rebooted after leaving the last message. When I re-opened YAST Network Connection, it asked to load the NDISWRAPPER mod and then prompted me to let it run a firmware update, which I allowed. It didn’t indicate any failure, and after it was over, the content at the bottom of the YAST screen changed to the following.

BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (Not connected)
MAC : 00:90:4b:f5:2f:53
BusID : 0000:03:02.0
• Device Name: wlan0
• Started automatically on cable connection
• IP address assigned using DHCP

I’m not sure what “started automatically at cable connection” means. It still says disconnected, but maybe the changes are relevant to a diagnosis.
Thanks again.

Make sure you have an active wired connection and do this:

sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

Hey sbdunn, welcome to the forums and to openSUSE

This is such an old thread, two years ago, we pretty-much don’t use ndiswrapper any more, kinda antiquated now. Lucky caf4926 was alert. Have a nice time with Linux.