Wireless Linux: Using the Linux Wireless ToolBox
By Eric Meyer
First thing you need to do is purchase a wireless adapter card with a prism2 chipset. Just go to google and type in linux wireless adapters and track one down.
If you are using a fairly good wireless distro it should pick up the card automatically.
Ok, Now you have the card now what, you plugged it in and look to the bottom write where the Windows XP wireless Icon usually is and find nothing.
There is no Zero config utility with linux, but they do have built in tools to help connect to wireless networks.
Now you need to find the Command line terminal, it usually looks like a window with a shell because it is a shell.
Now let's test to see if you have your card working. Type in iwlist at the command prompt. If it doesn't let you, then you might have enter administrator mode.
You can enter administrator mode by typing su at the command prompt. Then you will be asked for the administrator password.
Now type in iwlist at the command prompt. This will give you a ton of tools to work with. Once you have typed in iwlist and nothing happens then you probably don't have the right card or it's configured wrong.
Check and make sure you don't have any other wireless network adapters active and disable them if they are. Also make sure that your wireless adapter is set to start up at boot time. You need to look for your system utilities area..it's like the Microsoft control panel called Yast.