Broadcom 4318, ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant under Linux

I don’t know about others, but for a long time I had problems with using WPA with my Broadcom wireless card in Ruri. Thankfully all troubles are now gone :)

The steps for a working wpa_supplicant are simple:

  1. Download the latest wpa_supplicant. I recommend at least version 6.3 (5.x didn’t work for me)
  2. Install it and configure it to use Linux Wireless Extensions driver interface, for example by supplying -Dwext to it’s command-line options. Exact configuration depends on your linux distribution – on Gentoo it’s a wpa_supplicant_interface="-Dwext -iinterface" line in /etc/conf.d/net
  3. Start it up and voila – wpa_supplicant should be able to properly associate with networks from now on. Do some checking with wpa_gui

Happy wireless surfing :)

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HOWTO Get SMC FastIR IRDA to work under linux

Requirements:

  • Knowledge how to modify module set of kernel or roll your own
  • linux 2.6.x
  • Laptop with SMC IrDA chip

Many laptops nowadays come with IrDA served through an SMC IrCC SIR/FIR controller. Unfortunately, it’s setup is not done “by default”, leading people to think that IrDA simply doesn’t works. This is not true. Here’s a howto (not full, you have to read your distro’s manuals about how to adapt it to your system. Console commands however are universal on 99% percent of distros)

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