How to start wireless in runlevel 3?

openSUSE version: 11.0
Wireless chipset: Broadcom BCM4318

I stuck a LAN cable into my laptop (yes, it finally lost its virginity :wink: ) and installed the bcm43xx firmware (using the /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware script). I set YaST to activate the device manually, and knetworkmanager works fine from within KDE.

However, I can’t seem to figure out how to start the device in runlevel 3. I can use the “iwconfig” command to assign it its essid and WEP key, but after running “ifup wlan0”, “dhclient wlan0”, and/or “dhcpcd wlan0”, no joy.

So…how does one activate a wireless connection manually in runlevel 3, from the command line?

You have to set the network under control of ifup, not NetworkManager
and do the full configuration with YaST. Yes, that includes SSID and
encryption parameters. If you set it to start on bootup, you don’t
need to issue a command, otherwise the command is ifup.