Archive for the ‘wireless’ Category
Wanting to make changes to the wifi and DNS settings of the new routers that Cincinnati Bell (CB) is routinely installing now, I went about researching and using trial and error. The goal was to implement WPA2 wifi security and OpenDNS at a router level, so as to help clients be a bit more secure.
Overview of high speed modem/router
Near as I can tell, Cincinnati Bell is using its installed fiber in urban locations to offer a high speed internet, combined with television channels via internet, so-called IPTV. Westell has long been a provider of equipment to our local phone company and this device is meant to offer “Advanced, dual-core processing power with Ethernet, MoCA, or VDSL2 WAN interface for fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-curb networks.” (link) These are hunka-chunka, white bricks and I’ll leave it to others to show us what’s actually inside them and perhaps explain their hugeness.
Getting access to advanced settings
As made clear on Westell’s web site their stuff is marketed to ISP’s, not thru retail / wholesale channels. As such, finding a manual is like pulling teeth. I must give credit to others’ posts on for helping me just figure out the interface and that you need to click on menus up top AND on the left.) Read the rest of this entry »
Hoping for that “Just Works” experience, I instead found it “Hard Work” getting the Wireless network to function on my HP dv5000 after installing the latest 7.04 alpha Herd 5.
The apparently best info on this I found at an Ubuntu forum post. The initial post, though updated regularly (Thanks, compwiz18!) does not quite get it since his script only checks for versions up to Edgy.
kosson has an update for a 64-bit + Herd 4 solution there.
Here’s what I tried (keep in mind I had a wired internet, so I didn’t install anything off of the CD):
- Installed ndiswrapper-common and ndiswrapper-utils (links to ndiswrapper-utils-1.1)
- Downloaded compwiz18’s tarball and extracted to Desktop. The files were ndiswrapper-setup, drivers-32.tar.gz, and drivers-64.tar.gz.
- Attempted to run compwiz18’s ndiswrapper-setup script, but it abended. Dug into script and manually kept on going.
- Extracted drivers-32.tar.gz which contained bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys.
- To check if anything was already installed, executed:
redboot@HPdv5000:~/Desktop$ ndiswrapper -l
No drivers installed
- To install, executed these two: Read the rest of this entry »