Here are instructions on how to set up wireless network on Debian 3.1 GNU/Linux if you have the ASUS A8V Deluxe Wireless Edition with the ASUS WIFI-g card. This card has the Ralink RT2500 chipset, so we need to install the driver. These instructions should also work if you have another device with the RT2500 chipset.
I have made these instructions for Debian with the 2.6 kernel. If you have a 2.4 kernel you should only need to modify the version string in the appropriate places. You can check your kernel version by running the command:
IMPORTANT:This driver does not work with SMP kernels, even on single CPU systems. The driver is bundled with KNOPPIX, but causes a system freeze for me even with the "nosmp" boot parameter to the kernel. The developers are working on a new driver that should work on SMP systems, but as far as I know it is not functional as of 2005/10/23.
Here are the steps to follow:
apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.8 cd /usr/src/ tar xvfj kernel-source-2.6.8.tar.bz2 cd kernel-source-2.6.8 cp /boot/config-2.6.8-2-386 .config make oldconfig make cd /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-386 ln -sf /usr/src/linux build ln -sf /usr/src/linux source
cd /usr/src tar xvfz rt2500-1.1.0-b3.tar.gz cd rt2500-1.1.0-b3/Module make make install cp /lib/modules/2.6.8/extra/rt2500.ko /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-386/kernel/drivers/net/ depmod -a
echo alias ra0 rt2500 > /etc/modutils/rt2500 update-modules
auto ra0 iface ra0 inet dhcp wireless-essid HOMENET wireless_key1 ABCDEF1234 wireless_key2 12345ABCDE wireless_key3 1A2B3C4D5E wireless_key4 FFEEDDCCBB wireless_defaultkey 1
invoke-rc.d networking start
(C) Ketil Froyn, 2005