yet another-Wireless not working noob

Hi I’m pretty new to linux and am having troubles using my usb wifi adaptor. I am using open suse 11.1 with the kde 4 desktop environment.

I have a netgear wg111v3.

lsusb gives me:
Bus 008 Device 006:ID 0846:4260 Netgear, Inc. WG111v3 54Mbps wireless [realtek RTL8187B]

I have read the "My wireless doesn’t work - a primer on what I should do next " sticky and have completed all that succsesfully, deleted reconfiged and nothing.

I have also read the other stickys with no resolve.

From the “Getting Your Wireless to Work” sticky in the testing section the results from “/sbin/ifconfig”, I dont have the inet addr: where the sticky says. “The critical thing is that you have the line that starts with “inet addr:”.” .I dont know what that means, this is the only discreptency i could find.

I am using wpa-psk and am unsure on how to check if the wpa_supplicant is installed. I am seemingly able to connect to my router, using ifup (i think), however when i try and ping my router it resolves the name, thus telling me its connected but it contiues to tell me host unreachable.

Ping results are:
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From 10.l.1.4 icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable

I have triple checked my pass phrases and they are correct.

If there is anything else you need please ask me and i will see what i can do.

Any help would be appreciated.


Please post the complete outputs (exact quote) of all commands you used instead of describing.

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:22:3F:E0:89:B1
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::222:3fff:fee0:89b1/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:29 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3281 (3.2 Kb) TX bytes:6417 (6.2 Kb)

Interestingly there is a inet addr address now however i still have the same problem.

Bus 008 Device 008: ID 0846:4260 NetGear, Inc. WG111v3 54 Mbps Wireless [realtek RTL8187B]
Bus 008 Device 002: ID 05dc:a560 Lexar Media, Inc. JumpDrive FireFly
Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 007 Device 002: ID 046d:c517 Logitech, Inc. LX710 Cordless Desktop Laser
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

:~> ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=6 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=7 Destination Host Unreachable

  1. Please use “code-tags” when you post output from the console (which will give a well formatted output)


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  1. You missed out the output of
  1. Also post the output of

cat /etc/SuSE-release

uname -r

Your chipset is known te be still quite troublesome, the problem is driver-related.


wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"OPTUSA0819E7"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.457 GHz  Access Point: 00:24:B2:08:19:E9
          Bit Rate=54 Mb/s   Tx-Power=27 dBm
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=40/100  Signal level:-51 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

uname -r:

cat suse-release:

openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)
VERSION = 11.1

hope that helps

Dou you have the possibility to use a cable connection temporarily?

If so, update your system via YaST Online Update to get kernel

This may not solve the problem, but it will give you a better base for the following test(s).

Sorry dont have a wired connection up here.

is there any other way i might be able to update?

Yes, but we just leave that out for now.

The only thing you can try concerning the driver is to use a very recent version of it (which can be done without upgrading the kernel).

The new drivers are provided by “compat-wireless-kmp-default”


As you can see, there are three repositories with this package for openSUSE 11.1, one with a version from february 22nd (from my OBS repo, I did not upgrade them yet as I experienced problems with newer versions for another chipset) and two with a version from march 3rd.

Use the respective repository “openSUSE-11.1” (NOT openSUSE-11.1-update), got to the “x86_64” folder and download the “compat-wireless-kmp-default” package.

Transfer it to your linux box, install it (Right-click or “rpm -Uvh compat-wireless-kmp-default*” as root) and run



modprobe -rv rtl8187

modprobe -v rtl8187

rcnetwork restart

If your connection gets better, you’re done, if not, try the next compat-wireless-kmp-default package.

If all three don’t give you better performance, you’re out of luck with this driver from ready made packages at the moment.

Sorry I took so long to reply, that rpm seemed to help i am now using my wireless to post this reply. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Do i need to use the update repository when i update the kernel??

Thanks again…