I seem to be hogging this thread. Hope I'm not offending anyone.
An update on my progress with another plea for info:
I found iwconfig and ifconfig. These helped. I loaded pdaxrom and was able to get my ambicom card to talk to my lynksis access point, though intermittently, using the config commands. Sometimes removing the card and reinserting it seemed to help. Sometimes not. Once #ifconfig eth0 up did the trick but not consistently. I did not figure out what the magic was, only that it showed up now and again if I floundered enough.
So now I am back with the sharp rom and iwconfig does not seem to be working properly. In fact it is fairly up front about it when I enter # iwconfig:
Warning: Driver for device wlan0 has been compiled with version 14 of Wireless Extension, while this program is using version 13. Some things may be broken. . .
So I went to the /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts file directly and put in some language about my card, commenting out the lines that they said to delete. Then I rebooted. # iwconfig showed no change. I had changed the essid and given a WEP key. Neither were changed after reboot.
And finally, when I say something like # iwconfig wlan0 essid myid
, the Z comes back with
Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (881A) :
SET failed on device wlan0: Function not implemented.
Do I have to somehow recompile a driver with a different wireless extensions packet? Recompile the wireless extensions packet? I don't know how to approach that task. Can I get around this by bringing up the wireless connection manually? I am trying to do this but not getting very far.