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How to setup wireless with IPW2200 driver in FC3

by Jim Lawrence on Jan 04, 2005 (Updated 2005-03-29)

First Linux is a great OS,  if you have a notebook with IPW (Intel Pro Wireless) 2100 or 2200bg internal wireless and you have Fedora Core 3, then you can follow these instructions to get your wireless working....

To find out what internal wireless device you have, type following in the terminal:

$ /sbin/lspci | grep -i wireless
First step..
go to the terminal and type the following
$ rpm -q kernel

Hopefully you have a fully updated system and recieve kernel-2.6.9-1.681_FC3 if not, update everything including the kernel to .681

*********************** NOTICE ************************
MAKE SURE YOU GRAB the CORRECT VERSION # for each of these rpms, if
you get the 1.0.0-23 driver then you need the kernel module to have the 1.0.0-23 version as well.

*ALSO if you have a 64 bit architecture don't worry thay have a 64 bit versions as well...

Next go to
select your distribution (only redhat or fedora so far )
you need to download 3 rpms to get your wireless to work!!!

In my case I have the 2200bg internal wireless so grab the latest rpms availible.

  • ipw2200-1.0.0-23
  • kernel-module-ipw2200-YOUR-KERNEL-VERSION-1.0.0-23
  • you'll next need to go to here to get the firmware
    I grabbed the latest version of the firmware...

Next open the terminal again and type this in ....

$ sudo rpm -Uvh ipw2200-*.rpm kernel-module-ipw2200-*.rpm ipw2200-firmware-*.rpm
all of the above line goes on one line in the terminal
Next Step....
Go to your routers admin page
( for testing purposes name the SSID: TESTING )
set up your wireless to enable wireless AND
broadcast your SSID
Save your Changes
Next Step.....
In Fedora Core 3, Click Applications--->System Settings--->Network

Click the Hardware Tab and see if you card is there.
If not Click New and choose wireless type. Click Next and see if your card
shows up there. If not Reboot & continue on from this point.
Choose the Wireless Settings tab and use these settings
Mode: Change to managed
Network name (SSID): click the Specified and type the "name of your network"
Channel: what channel your broadcasting on
Rate: Auto or the highest you can go
Key: This is reserved for my next article(leave empty)

Click OK and click the File then Save you'll be prompted
to reboot the system because you made changes to the configuration.

Next Step..

After all router adjustments and the software is installed, log out and reboot you machine.

Next Step..

When you restart, you should be stopped during boot up by kudzu about your card. press the space bar to put a mark in the
"Assign IP Address Automatically" box then Click OK.

Next Step..
To see if all this works open the terminal  again and issue this command
$ NetworkManagerInfo
Now if nothing happens then it isn' installed we can install it with
$ sudo yum install NetworkManager NetworkManager-gnome
then run the NetworkManagerinfo command. visit Here
Alternative Method Updated 3-29-2005

As root (su - Use the dash ) issuse these commands

$iwlist scan 
look for your Access point
$ iwconfig eth1 essid YourNetworkName
then lets activate the card
$ ifup eth1
Hopefully that gets you up and running with your wireless!

I personally followed the steps above using DHCP and did not trying the static IP (don't think there is support yet) addressing as of this writing. After all, your just trying to get your wireless to work for now. Any questions or comments please join the fedora-users mailing list; you can sign up at: Fedora Mailing List

You have to broadcast the SSID in order fo you to connect VIA Wireless. Hopefully this will be an item that can be fixed in future releases.

My first article :)

*Update  if you would like to secure your connection visit Here

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