hi<br><br>Jason Turner helped me get wifi working on my IBM Thinkpad at Java Cat via Knoppix 
5.x .  This is a really fantastic solution for me, because I had been using a Netgear wifi card that I just had not been able to get working under openSUSE 10.1, and I have not yet had time to install either 10.2 or 10.3
.  My working wifi card had been stolen out of a rental car more than one year ago, and though a series of bad circumstances I came into this Netgear card, but have never been able to get it working for this notebook.  So in solving my Javacat problem, he has helped me solve the broader problem as to how to get access to the Netgear card.
<br><br>But his solution might work for John and maybe a few other folks who weren't able to get on at Javacat.<br><br>Out of courtesy for javacat, I have deleted the password for Javacat.<br><br>Thanks again, Jason!
<br><br>Usage: iwlist [interface] scanning
<br>              [interface] frequency<br>              [interface] channel<br>              [interface] bitrate<br>              [interface] rate<br>              [interface] encryption<br>              [interface] key
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              [interface] power<br>              [interface] txpower<br>              [interface] retry<br>              [interface] ap<br>              [interface] accesspoints<br>              [interface] peers<br>              [interface] event
<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ iwlist ath0 scanning<br>ath0      Scan completed :<br>          Cell 01 - Address: 00:17:3F:1D:D5:47<br>                    ESSID:"HomeNet2"<br>                    Mode:Master<br>                    Frequency:
2.462 GHz (Channel 11)<br>                    Quality=15/94  Signal level=-80 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm<br>                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s<br>

                              12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s<br>                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>          Cell 02 - Address: 00:1A:70:5E:27:F5<br>                    ESSID:"danoowifi"
<br>                    Mode:Master<br>                    Frequency:2.422 GHz (Channel 3)<br>                    Quality=42/94  Signal level=-53 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm<br>                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 
5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s<br>                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s<br>                              12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>          Cell 03 - Address: 00:1B:11:54:83:13
<br>                    ESSID:"Java Cat Wi Fi"<br>                    Mode:Master<br>                    Frequency:2.452 GHz (Channel 9)<br>                    Quality=44/94  Signal level=-51 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
<br>                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s<br>                              9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s<br>                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>                    Extra:wme_ie=dd070050f202000100<br>          Cell 04 - Address: 00:14:95:03:F7:71<br>                    ESSID:"2WIRE005"<br>                    Mode:Master
<br>                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)<br>                    Quality=8/94  Signal level=-87 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm<br>                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 
5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s<br>                              9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s<br>                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>          Cell 05 - Address: 00:19:E4:F2:51:49
<br>                    ESSID:"2WIRE662"<br>                    Mode:Master<br>                    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)<br>                    Quality=8/94  Signal level=-87 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
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                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s<br>                              11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s<br>                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>          Cell 06 - Address: 00:14:95:48:60:B2<br>                    ESSID:"2WIRE964"<br>                    Mode:Master<br>                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
<br>                    Quality=8/94  Signal level=-87 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm<br>                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s<br>                              9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
<br>                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>          Cell 07 - Address: 00:12:17:D8:76:30<br>                    ESSID:""<br>                    Mode:Master<br>

                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)<br>                    Quality=6/94  Signal level=-89 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm<br>                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 
5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s<br>                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s<br>                              12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>          Cell 08 - Address: 00:13:10:D0:18:5C
<br>                    ESSID:"RinaTaro"<br>                    Mode:Master<br>                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)<br>                    Quality=32/94  Signal level=-63 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
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                    Encryption key:on<br>                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s<br>                              9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s<br>                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
<br>                    Extra:bcn_int=100<br>                    IE: WPA Version 1<br>                        Group Cipher : TKIP<br>                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP<br>                        Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
<br><br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ iwconfig<br>lo        no wireless extensions.<br><br>eth0      no wireless extensions.<br><br>wifi0     no wireless extensions.<br><br>ath0      IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"abbacafe"  Nickname:""
<br>          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.442 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated<br>          Bit Rate:1 Mb/s   Tx-Power:18 dBm   Sensitivity=0/3<br>          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off<br>          Power Management:off
<br>          Link Quality=3/94  Signal level=-91 dBm  Noise level=-94 dBm<br>          Rx invalid nwid:206  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0<br>          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0<br>
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knoppix@Knoppix:~$ man iwconfig<br>Reformatting iwconfig(8), please wait...<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ iwconfig ath0 essid "Java Cat Wi Fi"<br>Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :<br>    SET failed on device ath0 ; Operation not permitted.
<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo iwconfig ath0 essid "Java Cat Wi Fi"<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ ping <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">www.google.com</a>
<br>ping: unknown host <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">www.google.com
</a><br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ iwlist<br>Usage: iwlist [interface] scanning<br>              [interface] frequency<br>              [interface] channel<br>              [interface] bitrate<br>              [interface] rate<br>

              [interface] encryption<br>              [interface] key<br>              [interface] power<br>              [interface] txpower<br>              [interface] retry<br>              [interface] ap<br>              [interface] accesspoints
<br>              [interface] peers<br>              [interface] event<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ iwconfig<br>lo        no wireless extensions.<br><br>eth0      no wireless extensions.<br><br>wifi0     no wireless extensions.
<br>
<br>ath0      IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"Java Cat Wi Fi"  Nickname:""<br>          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.447 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated<br>          Bit Rate:1 Mb/s   Tx-Power:18 dBm   Sensitivity=0/3
<br>          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off<br>          Power Management:off<br>          Link Quality=3/94  Signal level=-91 dBm  Noise level=-94 dBm<br>          Rx invalid nwid:206  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
<br>          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0<br><br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ man iwconfig<br>Reformatting iwconfig(8), please wait...<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo iwconfig key s:[password here]<br>Error : unrecognised wireless request "s:xxxxxxxxxx"
<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo iwconfig ath0 essid "Java Cat Wi Fi" key s:xxxxxxxx<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ ping <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
www.google.com</a><br>ping: unknown host <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
www.google.com</a><br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ iwconfig<br>lo        no wireless extensions.<br><br>eth0      no wireless extensions.<br><br>wifi0     no wireless extensions.<br><br>ath0      IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"Java Cat Wi Fi"  Nickname:""
<br>          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.452 GHz  Access Point: 00:1B:11:54:83:13<br>          Bit Rate:36 Mb/s   Tx-Power:18 dBm   Sensitivity=0/3<br>          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off<br>          Power Management:off
<br>          Link Quality=42/94  Signal level=-53 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm<br>          Rx invalid nwid:216  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0<br>          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0<br>

<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ dhclient -r ath0<br>bash: dhclient: command not found<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ which dhclient<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ locate dhclient<br>locate: warning: database `/var/cache/locate/locatedb' is more than 8 days old
<br>/etc/dhcp3/dhclient-enter-hooks.d<br>/etc/dhcp3/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/ntpdate<br>/etc/dhcp3/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/samba<br>/etc/rootstrap/dhclient-script<br>/usr/share/man/ja/man5/dhclient.conf.5.gz<br>/usr/share/man/ja/man5/dhclient.leases.5.gz
<br>/usr/share/man/ja/man8/dhclient.8.gz<br>/usr/share/man/ja/man8/dhclient-script.8.gz<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ echo $PATH<br>/home/knoppix/.dist/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/games:/usr/NX/bin:.
<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ IFCONFIG<br>bash: IFCONFIG: command not found<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ ifconfig<br>ath0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:14:6C:A2:86:C0<br>          inet6 addr: fe80::214:6cff:fea2:86c0/64 Scope:Link
<br>          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1<br>          RX packets:46 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0<br>          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0<br>          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
<br>          RX bytes:3705 (3.6 KiB)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)<br><br>lo        Link encap:Local Loopback<br>          inet addr:<a href="http://127.0.0.1" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
127.0.0.1</a>  Mask:<a href="http://255.0.0.0" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">255.0.0.0</a><br>          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
<br>          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1<br>          RX packets:100 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0<br>          TX packets:100 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0<br>          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
<br>          RX bytes:7288 (7.1 KiB)  TX bytes:7288 (7.1 KiB)<br><br>wifi0     Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-14-6C-A2-86-C0-30-3A-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00<br>          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1<br>

          RX packets:32779 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:22978<br>          TX packets:12353 errors:2 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0<br>          collisions:0 txqueuelen:199<br>          RX bytes:4963447 (4.7 MiB)  TX bytes:603695 (
589.5 KiB)<br>          Interrupt:11 Memory:f2960000-f2970000<br><br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ which ifup<br>/sbin/ifup<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ which ifdown<br>/sbin/ifdown<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ ifup --help<br>Usage: ifup <options> <ifaces...>
<br><br>Options:<br>        -h, --help              this help<br>        -V, --version           copyright and version information<br>        -a, --all               de/configure all interfaces marked "auto"<br>

        --allow CLASS           ignore non-"allow-CLASS" interfaces<br>        -i, --interfaces FILE   use FILE for interface definitions<br>        -n, --no-act            print out what would happen, but don't do it
<br>                                (note that this option doesn't disable mappings)<br>        -v, --verbose           print out what would happen before doing it<br>        --no-mappings           don't run any mappings
<br>        --force                 force de/configuration<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ ifdown eth0<br>ifdown: failed to open statefile /etc/network/run/ifstate: Permission denied<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo ifdown eth0<br>Operation failed.
<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo ifup ath0<br>knoppix@Knoppix:~$ ping <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">www.google.com</a><br>PING <a href="http://www.l.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
www.l.google.com</a> (<a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">74.125.19.99
</a>) 56(84) bytes of data.<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=1 ttl=247 time=12.5 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=2 ttl=247 time=15.0 ms
<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=3 ttl=247 time=12.7 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=4 ttl=247 time=13.5 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=5 ttl=247 time=13.1 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=6 ttl=247 time=12.5 ms<br>
64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=7 ttl=247 time=
12.3 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=8 ttl=247 time=12.7 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=9 ttl=247 time=13.0 ms<br>64 bytes from <a href="http://74.125.19.99" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
74.125.19.99</a>: icmp_seq=10 ttl=247 time=13.7 ms<br><br>--- <a href="http://www.l.google.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">www.l.google.com</a> ping statistics ---<br>10 packets transmitted, 10 received, 0% packet loss, time 9000ms
<br><br>how to get wifi wi fi working at Java Cat Javacat
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