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Author Topic: Setting up DSL Wireless PCMCIA?  (Read 15051 times)
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« on: February 09, 2013, 10:17:43 PM »

Hello Penguins,

I have successfully installed DSL on my old Sony VAIO laptop. Now trying to get the WiFi PCMCIA card to work. I checked Control Panel > WLCARDCONFIG and get "no wireless network card found". But when I go to Control Panel > SYSTEM STATS > PCI... I do see "Broadcom BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] rev 02" on the list. How to I config this?

-Buffalo Air Station WLI-CB-G54HP (Broadcom BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] rev 02).

-Model: Sony VAIO PCG-Z505SX
-CPU: Mobile Pentium II 366Mhz
-RAM: 192 MB (maxed out)
-Cache: 256KB
-Video: NeoMagic MagicMedia 256AV (NM2200)
-HDD: 6.4 GB (noisy). Will be replacing with a CF (Compact Flash) soon.

Thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 12:12:22 AM »

He he, naming a WiFi chipset "AirForce One", my respect for Broardcom just went up some small ammount.

Anyway, I posted a description of this process a while ago:

Try to follow that if you can.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 05:23:13 PM »

One of the DSL members PMed the quote below which was very nice. I'm re posting it here if anyone needs help. Thanks to all that replied. I decided to use Puppy Linux Wary 5.5.1 on my dinosaur vaio.

you can see:
Hi .... my laptop uses the same driver: bcmwl5a
i have a compac pressario v2415la

first go to page
check your wireless card on

you have to download the driver bcmwl5a. inf and bcmwl5a.sys from the page


when you save the driver on /tmp or /sda1

use ndiswrapper from the control panel to run bcmwl drivers


$ ifconfig wlan0 up

configure the wireless card with netcardconfig from control panel
setting wlan0 on interface
and apply

then set the wep key on wlanconfig from same control panel


I`m from Mexico...i hope you can set wireless  ...i had the same problem but i`m so happy to use wireless since 2 weeks...

also you can use net man pages...from menu apps....net... net man pages

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 04:20:47 AM »

Tell me where you can see the instructions for setting up the wifi network, the equipment is visible in the devices, through the DSL panel you can see that the device is defined as ath0

team sudo ifconfig ath0 up

sudo ifconfig ath0 up

how to register an SSID and a key, with the receipt of ip by DHCP
encryption WAP/PSK

laptop IBM Tinkpade X30 lan PCMCIA Delink

And also save the settings after bootup, the system is installed on the hard disk
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 11:06:24 PM »

If the GUI in the DSL menu under "Setup>Net Setup>iwconfig" doesn't work, you can do it from the command line as follows:

From a root terminal (or with "sudo"), use "iwconfig ath0 essid [essid] key [key]" with the corresponding values replacing the bracketed parts. See the man page  (http://man.he.net/man8/iwconfig) for more detail.

Then enter the command "pump -i ath0" to start dhcp. You can run "ping www.google.com" to test the connection.
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