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  1. NetGear MA401: "Destination Host Unreachable"

    Hi,

    I just bought a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA WLAN card, which is recognized by
    my Pentium-MMX laptop with Gentoo Linux 1.4 automatically.

    PCMCIA is switched off in the kernel and wlan support is on, but no
    modules are compiled - instead, I've installed pcmcia-cs.
    I'm using WEP-128 encryption.

    And I can ping myself (192.168.116.2), but I can't ping anything else
    (not even the gateway) - I always get "Destionation Host Unreachable".

    Power management is disabled in the BIOS.

    Software output (I've changed the key and the ESSID for security's
    sake):

    ifconfig:

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:09:5B:25:E0:CD
    inet addr:192.168.116.2 Bcast:192.168.116.255
    Mask:255.255.255.0
    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
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    Interrupt:3 Base address:0x100

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

    iwconfig:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"my_essid" Nickname:"laptop"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437GHz Access Point:
    00:60:B3:7A:63:4B
    Bit Rate:2Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm Sensitivity:1/3
    Retry min limit:8 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Encryption key:XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX Security
    mode:restricted
    Power Managementff
    Link Quality:30/92 Signal level:-91 dBm Noise level:-145
    dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


    route:

    Kernel IP routing table
    Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref
    Use Iface
    192.168.116.0 * 255.255.255.0 U 0 0
    0 eth0
    loopback localhost 255.0.0.0 UG 0 0
    0 lo
    default 192.168.116.1 0.0.0.0 UG 1 0
    0 eth0


    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,

    Marvin

  2. Re: NetGear MA401: "Destination Host Unreachable"

    >And I can ping myself (192.168.116.2), but I can't ping anything else
    >(not even the gateway) - I always get "Destionation Host Unreachable".


    What is in /var/log/messages? (Either when you boot up with the card
    installed, or when you push the card in.)

  3. Re: NetGear MA401: "Destination Host Unreachable"

    Marvin Massih wrote:
    >
    > I just bought a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA WLAN card, which is recognized by
    > my Pentium-MMX laptop with Gentoo Linux 1.4 automatically.


    Netgear MA401 works, I'm using one!

    In the wlan-driver scence much has happened recently, what is
    the kernel in Gentoo 1.4? I advice 2.4.20 or newer.


    > PCMCIA is switched off in the kernel and wlan support is on, but no
    > modules are compiled - instead, I've installed pcmcia-cs.


    Why? In other workds, you plan to keep the card always plugged in and
    the driver to be loaded always?

    In the "usual" hot-plug system, you monitor /var/log/messages and
    insert the card. The famous "double-gong" will indicate whether
    the card is recognizes. You can check the modules, find the new
    interface and try first manually giving an address with ipconfig.

    In you setup, I don't think my information would help much.

    I work in 3 places, all provide DHCP, some via WLAN some cable.
    The laptop works true to "plug'n play" !

    Visvanath.


  4. Re: NetGear MA401: "Destination Host Unreachable"

    Marvin Massih wrote:

    > PCMCIA is switched off in the kernel and wlan support is on, but no
    > modules are compiled - instead, I've installed pcmcia-cs.
    > I'm using WEP-128 encryption.


    I don't recommend this configuration. Or, at least, I would have
    recommended trying the "standard" kernel PCMCIA setup, with the
    orinoco_cs driver, first.

    > eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:09:5B:25:E0:CD
    > inet addr:192.168.116.2 Bcast:192.168.116.255
    > Mask:255.255.255.0
    > 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


    No packets sent. Check your system log for error messages.

    -- Dave

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