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Help understanding wireless set up with bcm43xx on Fedora 8

Help understanding wireless set up with bcm43xx on Fedora 8

Help understanding wireless set up with bcm43xx on Fedora 8

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Hi there everybody,

I have recently installed Fedora 8 on a laptop(hp 6715b) with a Broadcom bcm4312 (rev 02) wireless card.

I'm trying to get the wireless working with at least WPA. I have used much time on finding the answer on the net, finding many threads on how to do that but everybody talkes about different ways of doing it.

I want to simply try to understand(and of course, if I do so, to set up the wireless the way it should be) the ways of wireless and how it could be set up.


What is the best way of installing the card itself? And here are my thoughts:

If there native support for this card in Fedora 8 OOTB, how do I check to know and how to configure it...

Should I use ndiswrapper with drivers from xp/2k/vista? How to proceed?

What is b43-fwcutter for a thing? "Firmware extraction tool for Broadcom wireless driver" Can it be used to set up the wireless card? How to do that?


So, when the card is up and running: How to go wireless with WPA:
Should one use NetworkManager and dispatcher? Why? How?

There's something called wpa_supplicant, how to configure it to be able to go wireless? What's the connection between ifcfg-wlan0 and wpa_supplicant...


It's about it, I ask myself many questions but where are the answers?!(There are many but what should I choose and how do I proceed?)

The point of this thread is to mainly set up wireless on that machine and to discuss the ways of doing it. I find myself lost at sea when I think about Wifi.

Please do not aswer with: "Turn on Network Manager and you should be online", but the constructive answers with why YOU have chosen this method. How it's the best method and how to set it up using this method...

Been writing for some time now, time to talk...

-DB

Regards Dan

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