Sky Wireless adaptor
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- 30-10-06, 12:44 AM #1
Sky Wireless adaptor
Is anyone using one of skys wireless adaptors in a laptop running linux?
I currently have a belkin wireless card that i can access the router and internet when using with windows XPhome. Unfortunately this wont work with any linux distro i have, even after using NDISWrapper etc, didnt work with my previous router either and i believe its a driver issue with linux.
I was thinking of getting skys adaptor but dont want to waste £20 if it wont work with linux.
any help is appreciated
- 30-10-06, 01:20 AM #2
- 31-10-06, 12:06 AM #3
Thanks for the post and the link. It looks similar to what i have already tried on sky BB and on tiscali before, without success. Having done a bit of research i find the belkin card I have is an absolute B**ch to get working with any linux distro for some reason.
I am still using XPhome on the laptop but want to migrate to one of my distros. (ubuntu, suse, mandriva, fedora core, knoppix etc).
I know some cards will work pretty much out of the box and was just wondering if the sky adaptor was one.
Im on a learning curve with linux, still find it difficult to install applications but luve the features offered a standard eg open office org, mysql etc.
any advice will be greatfully received.
- 31-10-06, 01:33 AM #4
Linux is something I have always tried in my spare time so cant realy help much further
I used red hat and it was very nice but after about a month I got fed up went back to windows because I just could not be botherd with it anymore lol
- 31-10-06, 07:49 AM #5
I use a zd1211 based adaptor in Linux (Debian with 2.6 kernel). There's a native driver for that one.
I believe the sky one is based on the Atheros chipset but I can't be sure. If it is then I think Linux should be ok.
I have not yet tried Linux with the Sky router as my connection is STILL not working but it should be ok. I've also only ever tried WEP encryption but you can always switch the router over to that.
- 02-11-06, 12:10 AM #6
Just thought id let you know.
Ive installed PClinuxOS on my laptop and the lights for my belkin card were flashing away as soon as it booted up.
I ran the KDE wireless network tool which identified my network but couldnt connect. After trying WEP and WPA settings I disabled all Wireless security and tried again and got a successful connection.
result is when using a none secured wireless network with my belkin card it works pretty much out of the box with PClinuxOS which i havent been able to achieve with this card and any other distro.
all i need to do now is get it working with the network secured and ill be as happy as the preverbial pig.
- 02-11-06, 12:18 AM #7
leave the security disabled but turn authenticate by mac on and add it to trusted users and your sorted
- 03-11-06, 11:34 AM #8
Thanks for that it works a treat. The only issue i have with this is the data transmitted is not encrypted however at least ive now got a working wireless connection that my neighbours cant log into and use.
Looks like ill have to have a play with ndiswrapper and or get a new card to enable the wep properly.
- 03-11-06, 01:54 PM #9
no problem mate