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Fast notes to install hostap wireless driver on Fedora Core-3
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Fast notes to install hostap wireless driver on Fedora Core-3
To configure the hostap driver for prism 2/2.5/3 wireless pcmcia cards like: senao SL-2511CD-Plus-ext2 or Conceptronic 11idt on Linux Fedora Core-3 to allow managed, master and monitor mode:
Download the lastest driver from:
right now the file is named:
tar -zxvf hostap-driver-0.2.6.tar.gz
cd hostap-driver-0.2.6
emacs Makefile
change the line:
You must change this kernel number your own, ls /lib/modules/ to see your kernel number
now save and run: make
become root and run: make install
insert your pcmcia card
start the computer
now by typing: iwconfig, you will see your wireless interface.
you would see 2 wireless interfaces: wifi0 and wlan0
wifi0 is something like a virtual dumb device, you must use wlan0 for configuration purposes
ifconfig wlan0 netmask
iwconfig wlan0 mode managed essid thenetworknamehere
route add default gw dev wlan0
where is your ip and is the ip gateway.
Now try to ping other ips on you lan and it must work.

Now to have some wireless fun:

(Next was tested in Fedora Core-2)
download airsnort from:

rpm -Uvh airsnort-0.2.4-0.a.1.fc2.dag.i386.rpm

run it by typing:
On the menu select:
Network device wlan0
Driver type HostAP/Orinoco
Press Start
If it says that it can not go to monitor mode, try before:
iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor
and now run airsnort again

Download kismet from:
rpm -Uvh kismet-3.0.1-1.200404r1.1.fc2.dag.i386.rpm

If you need some other rpm because of dependencies, then search it at:
In this case my system says: is neede by kismet-3.0.1-1.200404r1.1.fc2.dag
so I search it and installed by: rpm -Uvh ....

emacs /etc/kismet.conf
Change the lines:
This is because drdoom is my username on this machine. (change it for your own)


Now for speech suport, install festival from the Fedora CDs or download it, then install:
rpm -Uvh festival-1.4.2-22.i386.rpm
To enable speech, edit: /etc/kismet_ui.conf and change the old lines for:

Now as root, go to a directory where the username you specified before have write access, like:
cd /home/drdoom

and it must be working, press h key for help

Download airtraf from:
rpm -Uvh airtraf-1.1-0.1.fc2.dag.i386.rpm

airtraf -I wlan0 -C hostap

An interesting tool for cracking WEP keys is:

A nice connection quality chart is:

DrDoom (2005-01-22 12:44:29)

Re: Fast notes to install hostap wireless driver on Fedora Core-3
Pavel Roskin send this note (Thanks):

A little improvement: there is no need to type the kernel version manually. There is a more universal way to find the sources of the current kernel:

KERNEL_PATH=$(shell readlink -f /lib/modules/`uname -r`/source)

"source" is preferred over "build" because kernels can now be built outside the source tree (not important for stock FC3 kernels).

"readlink -f" resolves all symlinks, just for prettiness. Those using own kernels will see paths under /usr/src/linux, which is mode readable than e.g. /lib/modules/2.6.11-rc2/source.

I don't think wifi0 is a "virtual dumb device". It should be sufficient to say that is should not be used except for purposes outside of scope of your document.

DrDoom (2005-02-06 07:17:07)
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