Net Gear WG121 on Mandrake 10.0 Linux

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Easy way of using the Net Gear WG121 on Mandrake 10.0 Linux

The problem that everyone had with Net Gear WG121 was that this wireless dongle was USB attached, but that was not a problem with this configuration. This article uses the distribution Mandrake 10.0.

/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg:

BOOTPROTO='dhcp' 
REMOTE_IPADDR='' 
LABEL='wg121' 
STARTMODE='hotplug' 
UNIQUE='' 
WIRELESS='yes' 
WIRELESS_ESSID='emp48' 
WIRELESS_KEY='' 
WIRELESS_MODE='Managed' 
WIRELESS_NICK='' 
WIRELESS_NWID='' 
DHCLIENT_MODIFY_RESOLV_CONF='yes' 
DHCLIENT_SET_DEFAULT_ROUTE='yes' 

I downloaded the driverloader for Mandrake 2.6.3-7mdr (my kernel) from linuxant.com and installed it by double clicking on it. Then in /usr/sbin I executed dldrconfig and to the default responses to the script then open browser to 127.0.0.1:18020/ to load inf files from the Vendor CD-ROM. This all worked fine after I got the license stuff done.

Note, I did not change any of the defaults. So the Driverloader set its configuration as eth1, so when I copied the ifcfg file, I copied it to ifcfg-eth1.

Then I read linuxant's FAQs and did a “iwlist span” from the console and there it was.