Your device seems to be working OK, . . .
Well, I figured it was working, since it scanned and gave me all of the readings that it did.
. . . but you need to configure it.
I already did that months ago, as I said, and had to give up in frustration, since it never worked. The question is how to configure it correctly, and, no, it is not straightforward.
The first thing to do is choose control/configuration with NetworkManager . . . , you find the applet [for it] in the right-hand corner of the screen - upper for Gnome/lower for KDE.
I’m using KDE 3.5 and I find no such applet. I checked in the console (with whereis NetworkManager); out put:
After looking into the various files there with the less-command, I have no idea how to manipulate any of these for the purposes of configuration. Total blank there.
. . . or . . . If you use ifup, then you need to use YaST => Network Settings => Network Devices and edit the connection there.
This is what I did months ago and tried anew a few days ago, to no good effect.
In general, I have some basic confusion as to what information to fill into some of those slots.
I checked the “status of active connection” displayed in the pop-up dialog box of the KWiFiManager and it read:
connected to network: XXXXXX]
Access point: 12-place pairs of mixed numeric and alphanumeric cyphers separated by colons]
Local IP: unavailable
Frequency (channel): 2.412 
signal strength fluctates among “52”, “63”, “72”, and “92”
Access Point: “N/A” or “UNKNOWN”
I then scanned the network with KWiFiManager
Network Name: “XXXXXX]” mode: managed quality: 52 WEP: “on”
If “network name” = “ESSID”, then the use of one here and the other there creates a whole lot of confusion for lay people like me. If the two terms are not equivalent, then I’m totally lost.
WEP is “on” according to the analysis by KWiFiManager, whereas output of iwlist wlan0 scan (provided in my original post), shows the following for the same network in question:
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
Would this not indicate WPA-PSK as the proper security setting, instead of WEP???
So, you see, in sum, I’m confused:
(a) as to what kind of security the network is using, and, therefore which to specifiy in the configuration settings; two different sources seem to give two different readings of the network on this issue.
(b) as to whether "Ethernet NIC physical address = “Access point”. Furthermore, whether the “Access point”-field is to be left blank (probably because it’s “dynamic”, i.e., changing with each session of usage)???
(c) whether “network name” = “ESSID” and, further, what the relationship of either or both of these is to the “host name”, which I notice the system says it’s checking as it executes the configurations. I didn’t see a field for “host name”, so I didn’t fill it in anywhere.
(d) as to what goes into the encryption key field. I tried putting the 12-place numeric/alphanumeric encryption key from the output into the proper field in the Configure Encryption KDE dialog box for cryptokeys, but when I pushed the “activate” button I got a message saying the “Encryption settings could not be set”. Is the value to be filled in there that of the key of 6 paired numeric or alphanumeric cyphers, connected by colons, given by the ** iwconfig**-output or the simple 14-place alphabetic password that the owner of the system gave me??? I think I’ve by now tried both with equal lack of success. Or, alternatively, is no value to be filled in? Just don’t know.
It’s confusion on these, and perhaps on similar, points that I think is the source of what must surely be the problem here, faulty configuration on my part.
Can some one clear these up for me? I think I could then handle the rest from there.
P.S.: No slight or “yelling” was ever intended in my original post. I often use all-caps to show generic categories, instead of specific instances of those categories.