Airlink AWLH 4030 pci wireless nic setup

Ok, now to cut the umbilical cord from the jukebox and get the wireless nic running. At $14.99 from Fry's, that Airlink nic has to be one of the best buys ever.

During some previous research on the web, I saw that the AWLH 4030 is supported by the Madwifi project. Just as I was about to go down the slippery slope of using CVS to obtain source code and then attempt to compile it, I saw a post from roberts saying that madwifi.dsl had been posted in the testing section. Ya Hoo!

Installed the package and ran, but had no joy. I'm not so sure why it didn't work for me, and truth be told after the first failure I went to the source and read the docs at: Heres what ended up working for me:

modprobe ath_pci
wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta
ifconfig ath0 up

This brought the card up perfectly, and after modprob'ing the scan utilities, I could see the 3 networks that exist in my apartment complex. I'm glad to see that the other 2 don't use any kind of encryption. It makes it easy for me to test, and also makes mine the last choice for someone to hijack a ride on.

More later on getting connected to my encrypted network.
iwconfig ath0 essid "tifnrog"
iwconfig ath0 key