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    Default realtek RTL8187 b/g usb wireless adapter

    The usb drivers for this is provided on cd I got with it (ebay purchase btw, with a 12db antenna) but they are sources and fail compile in backtrack. I've head some websites and this one said was provided in kernel 2.6.23, so I couldn't find which kernel without booting atm but if its NOT the correct kernel. Can someone else suggest a proper driver that will support kismet and other wireless forensic tools?


    (since cannot post link look for "rtl-wifi" on sourceforge for info I got)


    currently using:
    realtek RTL8187 b/g usb (has rp sma adapter with larger antenna)
    macbook 2.2ghz dual2
    2 gig ram
    backtrack pre-final, as live cd
    (currently running xp, osx on hd. so install will require some expert partition')

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    Mate I have the same card and I know it works in BT4 with no external drivers
    needed.

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    Default ?

    ok.. I'll ask cause curious.. Did you have to take any other steps to make them work? Is it an internal card, usb or pcmia? I'll be honest I'm rusty on linux, not really used it for months, but I've tried general methods. lspci does not show it, but the light on usb blinks. cird (I think it was called) showed the preinstalled wifi device but not usb. I unplugged, rebooted but nothing. I even installed and loaded ndiswrapper, loaded windows driver and nada.

    I have yet to try some methods I saw here in forum, but it was my understanding it wasn't needed so I didn't as of yet.

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    Default maybee help

    maybee this'll help others, I dunno.. (Now trying to get my gps working). dmesg did show it being plugged in, so I tried lsusb and it showed. I googled "kismet RTL8187" and got this site which helped alot

    linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-wireless-networking-41/kismet.conf-and-rtl8187...howto-configure-564411

    basically kismet by default was looking for wifi0, which does not exist on the two pcs I've ran backtrack.. So i changed it to wlan0 and for good measure madwifi to "rt8180". IT WORKED! it detected my test router "dlink" and even saw the next door neighbors wifi.

    Ok so maybee everybody else here but me knew wifi0 didn't exist but if this helps one person I'm happy

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    various drivers will use various interface naming conventions. wifi0 is for cisco aironet/atheros based chipsets.

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    Default 8187L not working ??? ;)

    as it is ra0 for railink chipsets and wlan0 for realtek chipsets.

    Would someone of the mods please delete this whole post.

    I don't want to step on anyones toes, but the Raltek 8187L chipset is as we all know one the best supported w-lan chipsets ever.

    By the way...watch for the variants:

    8187B = total crap

    8187L = nice

    8187L if combined with a LNA (low noise amplifier) = "the reference"

    it's also important that the circuits on which the chipsets are mounted on are designed for temperature stability
    a very big heat sink alone for itself (like the Auslinx 800-1000mW adaptors have one) is not sufficient for a stable operating point!
    old enough 2 know better, but young enough to not see a reason for

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