Netgear WG511T (Atheros AR5212) --- no joy

None of the techniques described in here seem to help. My Netgear WG511T
PCI card, which worked perfectly in openSUSE 10.3, refuses to work in 11.0.
I surely could use come help! Here is what I have done so far.

Installed packages madwifi and madwifi-kmp-pae from the madwifi.org
repository, and blacklisted module ath5k.

The card is detected fine.

Network setup method is user controlled with network manager.

Configuration ath0 is set to use DHCP, activate at boot time, device control
for non-root user via kinternet is enabled.

Configuration eth0 (the builtin wired connection) is set to use DHCP,
activate on cable connection, device control for non-root user via
kinternet is NOT enabled.

When plugged in, the two LEDs on the card start blinking back and forth just
like normal. Network manager detects my wireless network and even appears
to connect with a strong signal! But no amount of coaxing will convince it
to actually transmit any wireless packets. Even a simple “ping” attempt
yields “connect: Network is unreachable”.

I have no more ideas let to try… :frowning:


Larry Bristol — The Double Luck
http://www.doubleluck.com

have you tried clicking on network manager - new connection - your device & set it up ?

Andy

Larry Bristol wrote:

> None of the techniques described in here seem to help. My Netgear WG511T
> PCI card, which worked perfectly in openSUSE 10.3, refuses to work in
> 11.0.
> I surely could use come help! Here is what I have done so far.
>
> Installed packages madwifi and madwifi-kmp-pae from the madwifi.org
> repository, and blacklisted module ath5k.
>
> The card is detected fine.
>
> Network setup method is user controlled with network manager.
>
> Configuration ath0 is set to use DHCP, activate at boot time, device
> control for non-root user via kinternet is enabled.
>
> Configuration eth0 (the builtin wired connection) is set to use DHCP,
> activate on cable connection, device control for non-root user via
> kinternet is NOT enabled.
>
> When plugged in, the two LEDs on the card start blinking back and forth
> just
> like normal. Network manager detects my wireless network and even appears
> to connect with a strong signal! But no amount of coaxing will convince
> it
> to actually transmit any wireless packets. Even a simple “ping” attempt
> yields “connect: Network is unreachable”.
>
> I have no more ideas let to try… :frowning:
>

I have exactly the same card (AR5212) working quite well here…

Sounds like you’ve done everything properly. :slight_smile:

I would recommend going into Yast -> Network Devices and deleting ALL of the
AR5212 devices. Their status will change to “Not configured”. Then edit
them to configure them again.

Sounds weird, but often this resets things so it works properly from then
on. You may need to log off/log on or even reboot to get things sorted
out.

I do question the use of knetworkmanager for wireless on a desktop system
(you said pci card, right?).

If the computer is not going to move, then use the ‘traditional’ method and
hard set the wireless settings (essid/encryption/etc). To me, network
manager and knetwork-manager are best used on laptops which might migrate
and connect to varied sources.

Loni


L R Nix
lornix@lornix.com

deltaflyer44 wrote:

> have you tried clicking on network manager - new connection - your
> device & set it up ?
>
> Andy

Oh, not more than 40-50 times. [Sorry… I’m just frustrated.]

Here’s the weird part. Suddenly this morning, when I power the machine back
up to start working on this again, the card connected and is working
perfectly!

I rebooted 20-30 times yesterday and powered it down a few times as well.
None of that made any difference yesterday. I guess the secret is it
needed to remain powered off overnight before it would start working.

Thanks, Andy, for offering some help!
Larry

L R Nix wrote:

> Larry Bristol wrote:
>
>> None of the techniques described in here seem to help. My Netgear WG511T
>> PCI card, which worked perfectly in openSUSE 10.3, refuses to work in
>> 11.0.
>> I surely could use come help! Here is what I have done so far.
>> <…snip…>
>
> I have exactly the same card (AR5212) working quite well here…
> <…snip…>
> Sounds weird, but often this resets things so it works properly from then
> on. You may need to log off/log on or even reboot to get things sorted
> out.
>
> I do question the use of knetworkmanager for wireless on a desktop system
> (you said pci card, right?).
>
> If the computer is not going to move, then use the ‘traditional’ method
> and hard set the wireless settings (essid/encryption/etc). To me, network
> manager and knetwork-manager are best used on laptops which might migrate
> and connect to varied sources.
>
> Loni

See my previous response. The really weird part is that leaving it powered
off overnight seems to have resolved the issue! I have no explanation,
other than I was so frustrated yesterday, maybe I only THOUGHT I did all of
those things. :slight_smile:

This card is used in a LAPTOP (ThinkPad R31), not a desktop. I guess the
confusion was that the machine also has a wired ethernet connection, which
is used when it is connected to a port replicator (docking station). I
agree with your assessment of network manager.

Thanks for your input!
Larry

Excellent, glad you got it working,now enjoy :slight_smile:

Andy