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Topic TQM8xxLAndPCMCIAWLANCard not in WebOrder Using a PCMCIA WLAN Card with a TQM8xxL Board

Question:
What is needed to get a PCMCIA WLAN card running on a TQM8xxL system?

Answer:
You need ELDK version 2.0.2 or later; this includes (1) the LInux kernel source with the required extensions, the PCMCIA Card Service package with extensions for MPC8xx systems, and the wireless tools package to control the PCMCIA devices.

To bring up the WLAN card for network operations, the following actions should be performed (the example output shows card configuration for a WLAN network controlled by the Access Point ("managed" mode):
  1. Starting CardServices? on the target:
    bash# /etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia start
    
  2. Assign the IP address of the WLAN network segment to the WLAN interface:
    bash# ifconfig eth1 192.168.2.3
    
  3. Assign the Network (or Domain) Name to the WLAN interface:
    bash# iwconfig eth1 essid "DENX"
    
  4. At this point the Acess Point station MAC address should appear on the iwconfig output:
    bash# iwconfig eth1
    eth1      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:"DENX"  Nickname:"Prism  I"
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462GHz  Access Point: 00:02:2D:03:A5:15
              Bit Rate:2Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:1/3
              Retry min limit:8   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:28/92  Signal level:151/153  Noise level:107/153
              Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0
    

 
The card now is ready for normal network operations.