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post Oct 24 2008, 01:21 PM
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Hi all,

Heres how to get online with BT3:

insert the USB Card into the Hub. we are dealing here with the rt73 Card Edimax EW-7318USg Card but any RT73 card should do it.

open a BASH Shell and issue:

ifconfig rausb0 up
iwconfig rausb0 essid "essid_of_AP" channel X mode managed enc ABCDEF0123456789 ap 00:11:22:33:44:55


1. essid_of_AP = the essid of the AP in quotes
2. X = channel AP is on. enter 2 for channel 2 or 11 for channel 11 etc,etc...
3. ABCDEF0123456789 = the HEX encryption key if the Network is using WEP. this will be either 6 or 13 bytes long.
4. ap = 00:11:22:33:44:55 replace this with the AP's MAC addresss

Now, if the HTTP control page is at do next:



the hostname is bt

finally, to get online using DHCP do:

dhcpcd -h bt -G rausb0

if this command don't complete almost immediately, it will fail to connect. then check:

Is USB Card connected to a powered hub ?
Is the card on the same channel as the AP ?
Is the AP's MAC displayed after you issue iwconfig ?


Can someone please answer these for me:

1. How do we get the AP's MAC address listed with iwconfig in pdaXii13 using a USB Card ?
2. I have tried this method with pdaXii13 on a Zaurus SL-C1000. All commands load except:

iwconfig rausb0 ap 00:11:22:33:44:55

even though this command completes correctly, the AP's MAC is still not listed when afterwards we issue iwconfig .
therefore, does anyone know the solution to this ? because if we then try the dhcpcd command above, it fails,
as I said, all other parameters get loaded except AP, a rather annoying little problem.

Hope someone can help.

Thanks all, Allelectrix
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post Oct 27 2008, 07:57 AM
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When he says "only root sees that" it means that you have to run the commands as root in order to have access to the information.

In the version of "sudo" I have on my 6000, that means I just type "sudo COMMAND" for whatever command needs root access.

Do you have sudo installed?

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