Shiny-new thread about battling the evil BMC4306

I’m sorry I hijacked someone else’s thread. I didn’t understand the protocal.
Here we are in a shiny-new thread.

This is were we left off:

nyq wrote:
> Hey Larry, I’m another noob struggling with an old laptop that has this
> infamous BCM4306 PCI card. (Running xfce and openSUSE 11.0).
> I seem to have made it a bit further.
>
> running iwlist, I get:
>
> wlan0 Scan completed :
> Cell 01 - Address: 00:18:01:E6:1C:AA
> ESSID:“TORQUIST”
> Mode:Master
> Channel:4
> Frequency:2.427 GHz (Channel 4)
> Quality=80/100 Signal level=-48 dBm Noise
> level=-64 dBm
> Encryption keyn
> Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
> 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36
> Mb/s
> 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
> Extra:tsf=0000003ec1f7f155
>
> running iwconfig I get:
>
> new-host:/usr/sbin # iwconfig
> lo no wireless extensions.
>
> eth0 no wireless extensions.
>
> wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
>
> wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:“torquist”
> Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point:
> Not-Associated
> Tx-Power=27 dBm
> Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
> Encryption keynot shown 'cause I’m parnoid)
> 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

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>You shouldn’t hijack a thread, but we need to have you run the following commands:

>dmesg | grep b43
>/sbin/lspci -nnv

>Post the complete output of the first command, and the section that describes
>the BCM4306 from the second.

>Larry

Here the results:

nyq@new-host:~> dmesg | grep b43
b43legacy-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found
input: b43legacy-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input7
b43legacy-phy0: Loading firmware version 0x127, patch level 14 (2005-04-18 02:36:27)
Registered led device: b43legacy-phy0:tx
Registered led device: b43legacy-phy0:rx
Registered led device: b43legacy-phy0:radio
nyq@new-host:~>

03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Linksys WPC54G [1737:4320]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 11
Memory at 28000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
Kernel modules: ssb[/size]

nyq wrote:
> I’m sorry I hijacked someone else’s thread. I didn’t understand the
> protocal.
> Here we are in a shiny-new thread.
>
> This is were we left off:
>
> nyq wrote:
>> Hey Larry, I’m another noob struggling with an old laptop that has
> this
>> infamous BCM4306 PCI card. (Running xfce and openSUSE 11.0).
>> I seem to have made it a bit further.
>>
>> running iwlist, I get:
>>
>> wlan0 Scan completed :
>> Cell 01 - Address: 00:18:01:E6:1C:AA
>> ESSID:“TORQUIST”
>> Mode:Master
>> Channel:4
>> Frequency:2.427 GHz (Channel 4)
>> Quality=80/100 Signal level=-48 dBm Noise
>> level=-64 dBm
>> Encryption keyn
>> Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
>> 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36
>> Mb/s
>> 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
>> Extra:tsf=0000003ec1f7f155
>>
>> running iwconfig I get:
>>
>> new-host:/usr/sbin # iwconfig
>> lo no wireless extensions.
>>
>> eth0 no wireless extensions.
>>
>> wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
>>
>> wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:“torquist”
>> Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point:
>> Not-Associated
>> Tx-Power=27 dBm
>> Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
>> Encryption keynot shown 'cause I’m parnoid)
>> 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
>
>
> ======================
>
>> You shouldn’t hijack a thread, but we need to have you run the
> following commands:
>
>> dmesg | grep b43
>> /sbin/lspci -nnv
>
>> Post the complete output of the first command, and the section that
> describes
>> the BCM4306 from the second.
>
>> Larry
>
> Here the results:
>
> nyq@new-host:~> dmesg | grep b43
> b43legacy-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found
> input: b43legacy-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input7
> b43legacy-phy0: Loading firmware version 0x127, patch level 14
> (2005-04-18 02:36:27)
> Registered led device: b43legacy-phy0:tx
> Registered led device: b43legacy-phy0:rx
> Registered led device: b43legacy-phy0:radio
> nyq@new-host:~>

It all looks normal. You just have to complete the configuration. As you are not
running KDE or Gnome, you will have to use the “traditional” ifup method of
configuration. You will need to create a file named
/etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-wlan0. The contents of this file are described by
‘man ifcfg’. In addition, look at ifcfg.template in the above directory. Once
ifcfg-wlan0 is available with the start mode set to auto, the wireless should
come up when the computer is booted.

Incidentally, why do you use channel 4? It gets interference from both 1 and 6.
In 802.11b/g, the frequency spread is a total of 5 channels and is pretty much
flat topped. As a result, channel 6 extends from 4 to 8, channel 1 extends from
-1 to 3, and channel 4 would be from 2 to 6. The “clear” channels are 1, 6 and
11. Pick whichever of these is cleanest in your neighborhood.

Larry

I got it working by loading kwifimanager (seems to work under xfce). I’m using channel 4 because I don’t know any better. :slight_smile: Why do they give as all those channels if most of them are useless, what do they think this is, cable TV?

I will certainly try one of your suggestions. Thanks!