using my xircom cwe1130 on LFS 4.1

Joel Miller cheeziologist at
Fri Jul 18 15:23:38 PDT 2003

On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 22:30:17 +0100, Matt Darcy <matt at> 

> Hi all,
> I have built an LFS 4.1 duel boot laptop. Seems to work pretty good
> I have a question on trying to use my Xircom CWE1130 wireless PCMCIA 
> network
> card
> First I'll remove the basics I have tested the card under windows, and
> configured the access point to accept the IP address and MAC address.
> I have compiled support for this card into the kernel - and it seems to 
> be
> "ok"
> When I put the card in and start pcmcia up it beeps 2 times to show its
> happy and there are no complaints.
> When I do this I see a blank "wifi0" interface available to me.
> I added /etc/sysconfig/network-devices/ifconfig.wifi0
> This set the ipaddress etc etc etc
> however when I ping anything I just get a timeout
> I did notice however when I bring up wifi0 the system sets a eth1 
> interface
> too with the same MAC address as wifi0 - I thought about trying to set a
> /etc/sysconfig/network-devices/ifconfig.eth1 to see if that made a
> difference ?? it didn't even set the IP address, eth1 appears to be some
> kind of alias for wifi0 ?? I simply don't understand.
> Questions
> a.) does anyone understand whats going on with my setup ?
> b.) do you want more detail ? if so what
> c.) has anyone used this card with Linux ? (its just a cisco card)
> d.)does any one have any good guides on wireless lan ?
> thanks,
> Matt.

Firstly this is a question for blfs-support. Please read the website to 
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Secondly, are you trying to ping an ip address (x.x.x.x) or something that 
needs dns resolution ( If it's the former, then I can't really 
help you as I don't really know why that's not working. If it's the latter 
then I'd make sure that you put your dns server's ip address into 
/etc/resolv.conf in the appropriate format. You can man resolv.conf for 
more info on that. If you need an example then email me privately and I 
would be happy to privately email you a copy of my resolv.conf. This 
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