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    Wireless card TP-Link TL-WN-353GD

    wireless card TP-Link TL-WN-353 GD on a debian linux, lenny[edit]

    driver and wpa2 configuration

    lspci shows

    00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8185 IEEE 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 20)
    

    driver isssues

    first, my debian lenny (02/2010) loads the kernel module called 8180.ko

    /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rtl8180.ko
    

    this driver works, but the signal strengh is shown as not very stable. so i downloaded the proprietary driver.

    what i got was:

    rtl8185_linux_26.1031.1207.2009.release.tar.gz
    

    after unpacking and entering the directory i had to type a "make" and a "make install" to install the new kernel module:

    /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/r8185b.ko
    

    now i had to make sure, that the correct kernel-module is loaded in boot-time.

    so i put r8185b into /etc/modules

    and to prevent the wrong kernel module to be loaded i hat to wipe out the line

    [...]
    /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rtl8180.ko
    [...]
    

    in the file

    /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/modules.dep

    warning: if you run the command depmod this line will be inserted into modules.dep again.

    configuring wlan:

    for wpa2 i had to create /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

    ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
    eapol_version=1
    ap_scan=1
    
    network={
    	ssid="<your-ssid>"
    	scan_ssid=01
    	proto=WPA2
    	key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
    	pairwise=CCMP TKIP
            group=CCMP TKIP 
            priority
    	psk=b91de39bff571eac2f1108132235423445123271a4c79d4db309b9f345234536a9ed5c
    }
    

    with the command wpa_passphrase you can create the encrypted passphrase for the config-file shown above.

    and in /etc/network/interfaces

    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    
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