Wireless drivers

The command “/usr/sbin/iwconfig” yields the following:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

I’m told this indicates that the requisite drivers are missing. Can anyone give advice as to where/how to get/install them? The process is made especially difficult by the fact that the computer in question does not have an alternative means of connecting to the internet (i.e. no wired connection).

Any help would be most appreciated,

Additionally, “/sbin/ifconfig” yeilds the following:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:A0:D1:20:38:41  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:1348 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:159 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:134355 (131.2 Kb)  TX bytes:21006 (20.5 Kb)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:820 (820.0 b)  TX bytes:820 (820.0 b)

have a look in the wireless section. There are two stickies there with lots of good info


Gosh, I sure know what you mean. Linux developers apparently don’t realize just how many linux users only have wireless available and no wired connection at all. Every major distribution I tried depended on a wired connection to download essential updates and - of course - the wireless drivers and utils. Well, there are many older laptops having no ethernet port, but do have a wireless PCMCIA card. This is especially true of laptops that had previously been used with Windows (where wireless works out of the box). And then there’s users who simply don’t have access to the wired ports of a router, whereas they do have access to the wireless signal. And so on. Well, no easy solution is provided for these classes of linux users and installing a new system on such laptops may become a major nightmare.
Anyhow: your output shows you have no wireless connection at all. For any further steps, you will have to provide your brand and model (computer, wireless card) because there are several alternative solutions for linux wireless (some wireless chips are supported natively, others use fwcutter, others still use the Windows driver wrapper, others … well just don’t work in linux). So you should provide more information and/or read the stickies, as stated in the post above. The only cards I have some experience with are Belkin and Broadcom (via ndiswrapper).