I am working on a Dell D610 laptop with a BC4311 network card? I have read a big thread about the interesting aspects of the Broadcom problems. I have found in Synaptic that B43 is loaded. Also a few other topics foun in Forum. I not really getting a feel for wireless yet.
I am very new to wireless and am experimenting to make the connection with only the MAC addresses, no broadcasting from the AP (access point) as I have an experimental AP running for Windows wireless. Presently running this way works fine on windows pcs.
[root@localhost katie]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any Nickname:"localhost.localdomain"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated <--- frequency = channel 5 as on AP
Bit Rate:54 Mb/s Tx-Power:32 dBm
RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
Configured via PCC, but the connection if it is made reverts to DOWN
I do run with the LAN cable connected and to test I just turn off 'eth0' and try to turn on 'wlan0'
I have entered the MAC address of the Broadcom
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:14:A5:4A:A3:4A <--- MAC inserted in allowed list of AP
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
My brain is overloaded, I seem to remember there are some konsole commands that could be handy, but at the moment I am blank.
Trying to turn on via the tray icon seems to be ok for a few seconds then drops out.?