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Atheros AR5005GS Wireless Network Adapter (802.11b/g) in this machine is supported by the MadWiFi driver.


# su -
# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo


Then add this:

name=Livna for Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base


(NB that i have the "enabled" bit set to "0" (off) in this file so that the livna-stable repository will not conflict with our RPMForge repositories for automatic updates.)


Be sure there is a carriage return (blank line) at the bottom of the file. Click the "save" icon in gvim or save with :wq


When all is done:


yum update && yum install madwifi


Wait until it gets installed with no errors.


Now check and see if you have in your network connection the Atheros Communicator detected. To open network connections just type 'neat' as root, then Hardware section and you should see Atheros in there.


Manually load the module with:

/sbin/modprobe ath_pci


Manually create the configuration files, network interface configuration scripts are located in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts and are named ifcfg-xxxx, where xxxx is the name of the interface.


MadWiFI driver creates an interface named ath0, so you should create a /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ath0 with:

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ath0


And its contents:



Again save with :wq


ESSID entry should be set to the SSID of the wireless access point you are trying to connect to. If you omit this line, the card will simply attempt to connect to the most powerful access point. If you want to know what access points are available you can use the iwlist command:


/sbin/iwlist ath0 scan


Start up the interface.


/sbin/ifup ath0


Then "Hello Wireless World" on fedora with Madwifi driver!


I just love this free world and many thanks to this forum and #linux-noob @ efnet!



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