Wireless Internet on A1200: Help!

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Hi,

So I’m determined to get this working! My setup is an A1200 with Apollo 1260/80mhz 64mb ram.  I currently access the internet using a wired PCMCIA card and Easynet Pro from AmigaKit, AWeb, IBrowse or NetSurf. No probs.  I have a wireless PCMCIA card also from AmigaKit, but have never got connected.  I have installed the driver and software that came with the card.  When I scan for networks it picks up signal from the router, so I can assume the card is working.  This is as far as I get.  Wonder has anyone here had any success with a similar set up? Thanks in advance.

  • Daedalus
    It should work pretty easily, but I think we need a little more detail. Does it refuse to connect to the network, or does it try and fail? What error messages do you get? Have you set a different IP address for the wireless interface? The router might be rejecting the connection if it’s using the same IP address as another device (possibly including a fixed address for your wired connection).
  • Philip
    Won’t write an “answer” without more details, but chances are that you have WPA encryption enabled on your wireless AP. IIRC the network card driver doesn’t support this, so you will have to revert to some broken encryption like WEP, or worse, no encryption at all for it to work. That said, I personally solved this problem by not using WiFi with the Amiga. Instead I connect by ethernet to a Raspberry Pi, which in its turn routes (or bridges, can’t remember) traffic from the Amiga over its WiFi interface. The effect is the same, but I don’t have to compromise the security of my wireless connection for it to work.
  • TenLeftFingers
    I won’t answer either since we don’t have the same card, but in my case I had to set my router to WPA2/AES mode. See my video here for how I set mine up: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2wy2hk_how-to-set-up-a-pcmcia-wifi-card-on-a-standard-amiga-1200_tech
  • Daedalus
    Indeed, for some time now it has been possible to use WPA/WPA2 encryption with specific cards thanks to Neil Cafferkey’s excellent work on the Prism2 drivers. Not all Wifi cards will work with this though, which is why we need more details.
  • Reido
    Hi guys, just a brief add on here; I’ve checked the video on wireless setup. Physically my card looks the exact same as the one used by TenLeftFingers i.e. same brand/ sticker etc. I’ve followed the process on my recently installed OS3.9 BB1+2. I can set my router to WPA, WPA2 etc and have tried all combinations. When I type “wirelessmanager prism2.device” i get an error message of “failed to initialise driver interface”or it just freezes with the link light flashing, depending on which security setting I have selected on the router. Typing “addinterface prism2” I get “trying interface prism2 configuration…” which eventually gives me a timed out error. Is all this telling me that while my card may look the exact same as the one in the video, it infact has incompatible encription and I won’t be able to use it? Thanks again.
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You probably have Orinoco Gold. This card supports WPA/TKIP only. It won’t work with any other settings. No mixed mode, no WPA/WPA2 mode.

It has to be WPA/TKIP.

You have to go to your router settings and set WPA/TKIP – B/G mode. After installing the drivers go to User-Startup and put a semi-collon in front of

C:WirelessManager line.

Open CLI and try associating with your router by typing

C:WirelessManager prism2.device

Both TenLeftFingers and Daedalus have WPA2/AES PCMCIA WIFI cards.

 

  • TenLeftFingers
    Sir_Lucas, the card I got from you is great. You should put your contact details with this question IMO. Not that I want the site to turn into a marketplace, but your answer is very informative and I think many will prefer the more compatible card you provide. Would you mind?
  • TenLeftFingers
    I’ll do it since clicking usernames here doesn’t actually get you in touch with anyone. You can contact Sir_Lucas through his profile here: http://www.amibay.com/member.php?1759-Sir_Lucas which also shows what he’s providing. I recommend him 100% – very committed to providing quality goods to people and seeing that they get up and running properly.
  • Reido
    Thanks guys for all the answers, and the links. I’ll be getting in touch with Sir_Lucas re compatible cards, this clearly seems the best option for me and the answer I was looking for! Cheers.
  • TenLeftFingers
    If this answered your question could you mark the answer as ‘accepted’?
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