I have a dual-boot desktop machine with Windows XP x64 and OpenSUSE 11.1 with KDE4. The machine has access to the internet through a cable modem which works flawlessly in both Windows and Linux. I have also installed a MSI PC54G PCI wireless card for purpose of sharing the internet connection over wireless with a single other computer running on Windows XP. This wireless card is recognized and supported by both Windows and SUSE. iwconfig says:
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"mrezica" Mode:Ad-Hoc Frequency:2.412 GHz Cell: Not-Associated Tx-Power=27 dBm Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B Encryption key:6475-646B-6F Power Management:off Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0 Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
I managed to set up an ad-hoc connection in my Windows XP x64 and share the internet connection in 10 minutes. So far so good.
I also want to set a similar connection sharing in SUSE. First, I went into YaST’s Network Settings and set up the wireless card in the following way:
Dynamic Address, DHCP+Zeroconf, DHCP both version 4 and 6
Operating Mode: Ad-Hoc
Network name: mrezica (same as in Windows)
Authentication Mode: WEP - Shared Key
Encryption Key: (same as in Windows)
When I finished the setup I checked the other machine but it didn’t connect.
I tried to start the NetworkManager but it says “Network Manager is not running”. Strangely, this is KDE3 NetworkManager. Is there no KDE4 version?
Next, I tried “ifup wlan0” in the terminal. It gives the following output:
wlan0 name: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller Starting DHCP4+DHCP6 client on wlan0. . . . . . . wlan0 DHCP4 client NOT running wlan0 DHCP6 client NOT running Starting autoip on wlan0... . failed interface wlan0 is not up
Ok, I guess this card should have static IP. So, I tried giving it 192.168.0.1 with subnet mask 255.255.0.0. The result of ifup was only “interface wlan0 is not up”
I have no idea where to go from here. I remember sharing a connection with Windows XP machine in an earlier version of SUSE years ago but I have no idea how I did it. I remember that SUSE machine was acting as AP at that time (with the same wireless card), but now I need Ad-Hoc because I can’t get the software AP utility to work in x64 Windows.
Please help. Where should I go from here?