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Debian Lenny ath5k and AR242x: the solution

As promised.
In my previous post i mentioned the 2 possibilities to get this working. I decided to go with the kernel upgrade from the backports repositories.

After some reading and experimenting i got the wifi to work. It is not a clean solution but it works (at least in my home wlan, tomorrow ill test from work).

First get the backports repository to work (as root #):
#nano /etc/apt/sources.list
add these lines:
# Backports.org repository
deb http://www.backports.org/debian/ lenny-backports main contrib non-free

after that run:
# aptitude update

this will get u the backports repositories.

to get the kernel issue the following command:
#aptitude -t lenny-backports install linux-image-2.6.32-bpo.3-686
note: this is the image for my architecture and the kernel is the version at the time of writing.

Reboot when done.
Check with uname -a if the kernel installed succesfully.

For me it worked great. The only hiccup is that my network manager does not show the wlan but when issuing iwlist wlan0 scan i can sucesffully scan for networks! cool huh?

Now the configuration for your network:
#nano /etc/network/interfaces
add the following lines:
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid mynetworkname
wpa-psk mysecretpassphrase

The “auto” stanza will bring your interface up at system startup. If not desired, remove or comment this line.

going to System>Administration>Network should now show your wlan connection.

Thats it! i hope i could help!


Reference: http://wiki.debian.org/Backports

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