I still cannot find why my wireless is not working?

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  1. milla_strive

    milla_strive New Member

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    HI!
    Can you give me some advice about this question?

    My OS: Red Hat 5.8 kernel 2.6.18-308.el5
    My wireless card: Atheros AR9285

    After installed the OS, the card named wlan0 conld be identified by it, but could not be used.
    I first find the drive is madwifi -0.9.4-tar.gz, but it doesnot support well to this device. It need to modify and compile the rpm file which is so hard to me.
    Second, Some one told me that the tool ndiswrapper can resolve my problem. So, I worked with ndiswrapper step by step. It good, after this work. When I restart the network manager, it scans and returns some wireless signal for me.


    But, the question is:

    1>Why cannot I active my wireless card also?
    2>Why can the card scan and return the wireless signal of others but not mine?

    I mean I still can not work with the wireless card, although I spent a great deal of time handling this problem ?

    Can you help me ? Give me some advice or give me the drive?

    Thanks a lot!!!
  2. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    If I Google: Redhat Atheros AR9285
    the first 4 things which appear are Bugs. It looks like many people have problems with them.

    With the advent of the Raspberry Pi computer there has been a surge of interest in nano (very small) wifi dongles which work out-of-the-box and cost about $10.

    Daniel Bull wrote an interesting review of the:
    Duronic IR786N (RTL8188CUS chipset*)
    Dynamode WL-700N-RXS (RT5370 chipset*)
    Edimax EW-7811Un (RTL8188CUS chipset*)
    at https://plus.google.com/u/0/109352235257103413028/posts?hl=en

    It might save you lots of trouble if you could used one of these dongles instead...
  3. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Any chance you can update to a newer system (kernel 2.6 is pretty old) ?
    That wifi chipset uses the ath9k driver.

  4. milla_strive

    milla_strive New Member

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    Thanks, I will try...
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    flunwyc Member

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